More Than 12 Million Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records for French
Canadians From 1621 to the 1940s; New Collection Includes Oldest
French-Canadian Family History Records
PROVO, Utah, March 14 /CNW/ -- Ancestry.ca, the largest Canadian family
history website, today announced a partnership with the Universite de Montreal
to index the complete Drouin Collection, long considered by the genealogical
community to be the best resource for French-Canadian family history records.
The Drouin Collection contains nearly 12 million records from 1621 to the
1940s, and includes 37 million French-Canadian names and 3.6 million images.
The collection represents all vital records from Quebec -- including baptism,
marriage and burial -- as well as a compilation of church records from
Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and various New England states in America.
Records of the Drouin Collection are now digitized and available on
Ancestry.ca and are expected to be fully indexed by the end of 2007.
"Providing Canadians with online access to the Drouin Collection will be
a major milestone for family history research to help everyone from
professionals to beginners research their French-Canadian roots," said Tim
Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.ca.
"Examining a cross-section of Ancestry.ca's record collections, you can see
the multicultural heritage and history of Canada, which includes people of
English, French, Scottish, Irish and African heritage."
The Drouin Collection contains six separate databases: Quebec Vital
Records, Ontario French-Catholic Church Records, Acadian Catholic Church
Records, Early U.S. French-Catholic Church Records, Quebec Notarial Records
and various other French Records. Experts at the Universite de Montreal will
assist in classifying records based on their location and will ensure that the
French names and dates are properly transcribed.
"The partnership between Ancestry.ca and Universite de Montreal is a
significant accomplishment for demographic research in Quebec, to make
available precious French-Canadian civil records which have never before been
indexed," said Bertrand Desjardins, Senior Researcher, Demography Department,
Universite de Montreal. "The Universite de Montreal is working closely with
Ancestry.ca to verify and transcribe the collection. For the millions of
people across Canada and North America with French-Canadian ancestry, indexing
these records will allow access to information which was previously extremely
difficult to obtain and search."
In the 1930s, Gabriel Drouin, an entrepreneur and capitalist, created
what has come to be known as the Drouin Collection by tracking down and
duplicating local church records in French-speaking areas, including parts of
Maine. For nearly a century, the Drouin Genealogical Institute was the
largest genealogy research company in Quebec, producing family trees for those
of French-Canadian heritage, and the only location to offer access to the
records. Ninety-five percent of the records are from the province of Quebec
and are written in French.
Ancestry.ca is in the final stages of developing a French interface
enabling native French speakers access to the more than 5 billion names found
in its entire collection of historical records.
Ancestry.ca is the leading online site for Canadian family history
records, with the first and only online collection of vital records for
Ontario and the only fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of
Canada. Ancestry.ca is operated by The Generations Network, the leading
online network connecting families across distance and time. The Generations
Network' tools, content and community empower individuals to find the people
most important to them-and discover and share their unique family stories. In
addition to Ancestry.ca, The Generations Network of properties includes
MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.de,
Genealogy.com and RootsWeb.com. The Generations Network also publishes Family
Tree Maker(R) (No. 1 selling family tree software), Ancestry Magazine, over 50
book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on
Ancestry.ca, visit http://www.ancestry.ca
About the Universite de Montreal
Deeply rooted in Montreal and dedicated to its international mission, the
Universite de Montreal is one of the top universities in the French-speaking
world. Founded in 1878, the Universite de Montreal today has 13 faculties and
together with its two affiliated schools, HEC Montreal and Ecole
Polytechnique, constitutes the largest centre of higher education and research
in Quebec, the second largest in Canada, and one of the major centres in North
America. It brings together 2,400 professors and researchers, accommodates
more than 55,000 students, offers some 650 programs at all academic levels,
and awards about 3,000 masters and doctorate diplomas each year.
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