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Ancestry.com. Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

About Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954

In the 1940s the Institut Généalogique Drouin began microfilming records pertaining to French Canadians throughout French Canada and America. Consequently, this filmed set of records has become known as the Drouin Collection.

Areas Included:

The entire Drouin Collection contains vital, notarial, and other miscellaneous records from Quebec, as well as French Catholic parish records from Ontario, Acadia, and the U.S. This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from U.S. This includes areas of:

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Missouri

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

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Most of the records in this collection include baptisms, marriages, and burials. However, several other types of church records are also included. These records may be confirmations, dispensations, censuses, indexes, statements of readmission to the church, etc.

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The majority of the records are written in French, but some are written in English, Latin, or Italian.

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