Friday, July 16, 2010

Researching French-Canadians in Quebec?

The Drouin Collection (also called Quebec Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900) contains a huge amount of church records (mostly baptisms, marriages and deaths) filmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin sometime in the 1940s.

There are some records after 1900, but most are before.

The records appear in their original format (although some were clearly re-written before filming) mostly in French, with some of the older ones in Latin.

You can pay money and find them on

If you know what person/date/place you are looking for, you can find them for free at listed under Canada/Quebec Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900.

Go there, choose the City/Town/Parish that your person is from and then the date. Browse through the pages of the images until you find what you are looking for. It's a bit tedious, but very rewarding once you find the record you are seeking.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Not your average family search...

Most people doing genealogy research already know about the website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but did you know that their most up-to-date information can be found elsewhere? Check out Record Search Pilot and Family Search Labs.

Researching Ancestors in New York?

If you are researching ancestors in New York, one of the best resources I have found is

You can search over 13,500,000 old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages!