Enhancing parish registers from Quebec


My French Canadian ancestors are probably smiling down down at me. . I am thrilled when a subscription website (and free ones too) work on making record images better. We’ve all seen wills, church records, deeds, and other records that are awful to read. It’s a combination of things that contribute to this.

An announcement tells us, “Over a million images from the Drouin collection have been rescanned and made available on the website over the past few years. Another 135,000 images from the registers of 158 Catholic and Protestant parishes in Quebec have been rescanned on Genealogy Quebec, to improve their quality and clarity. The resolution of these new images is two to three times higher than that of the previous copy, which ensures superior clarity.”

I have gained many records and connections from my subscription to the The Drouin Collection Records. “The Drouin Collection Records are a collection of parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) covering all of Quebec and French Acadia as well as parts of Ontario, New Brunswick and the Northeastern United States, from the parish’s foundation up to the 1940s and sometimes 1960s.”

I suggest a subscription to this collection for French Canadian and other records in Quebec and many beyond. You can utilize the many parts of the Drouin collection with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/ 

“The LAFRANCE, also available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, is a search engine allowing you to explore these parish registers by searching for the individual(s) mentioned in them. Browse all of Quebec’s parish registers as well as millions of historical documents by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!”



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  1. This would be a big help for my husbands French Canadian ancestors! And maybe mine in early New Jersey (?). Our local FHC had a collection of the books but they went away when they downsized the centers. They were in French but Gee, dates and names are readable!

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