Drouin Collection Available at American Society
L'Institut Généalogique Drouin (publisher of
Dictionnaire national des Canadiens français)—started by Joseph
Drouin in 1899, and continued on by his son and grandson—started to
collect and microfilm Quebec vital records. His son made almost 2,400
reels of microfilm from 20 million baptism, marriage, and burial
records of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
The microfilmed records have been digitized into 3.5 million
images, placed on disk drives, and are available at the
American-Canadian Genealogical Society. Because of the way the images
were scanned, some of the scanned images are easier to read than the
Besides BMD records, there are also Notarial Acts—such as marriage
contracts, will, deeds, and other legal documents for the province of
Quebec—some non-Catholic records, and BMDs for areas of Ontario, New
Brunswick, and Nova Scotia known to be French-Canadian.
Now, the American-Canadian Genealogical Society (AFGS), located in
Manchester, New Hampshire, has purchased the Drouin Collection for
$100,000 and is willing to "offer these images to anyone willing to
To access these images, contact the Drouin team, who will do look-ups for a fee for anyone outside the Manchester area.
For further information on the collection, please contact them at (603) 622-1554 or look at their website at <www.acgs.org/research/drouin-team.html>.
27 January, 2007
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