Got French Candian ancestors? You’ll be thrilled to know that subscription genealogy site Ancestry.ca (the Canadian sister to Ancestry.com) is making its Drouin Collection—best available French Canadian genealogy resource—free for three days from June 24-26.
See the full Ancestry.ca announcement on Dick Eastman’s Genealogy blog. The freebie celebrates Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, a national holiday of Quebec on June 24. You’ll need a free Ancestry.ca registration to access the records.
(Note that the Drouin collection also is on Ancestry.com, but isn’t being made free there.)
The Drouin Collection has millions of names from family books of the Drouin Genealogical Institute, founded in 1899. Information comes from Quebec vital and notarial records, Acadian Catholic church records, Ontario Catholic church records and early US French Catholic church records. The collection dates from the beginning of European settlement to the 1940s, documenting many Quebec families over three centuries.
Want more information on researching your French Canadian ancestors? See the French Canadian research guide in the June 2006 Family Tree Magazine, available as a digital download from Family Tree Shop. (Family Tree Magazine Plus members can access the guide on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.)