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Drouin Film Information
Ever wonder if the information listed in the repertoire or book was transcribed accurately?  Or do you speculate that if there was other information listed that it might help with your research? Would you like a copy of the actual journal entry? 
One way to check if the information is accurate is to review the actual journal or register that the data was transcribed from or a microfilm of that record.
 
Previously the American-French Genealogical Society purchased the Drouin Institute microfilm collection of vital statistics and is the only source in the United States for this unique collection of microfilm.
 
Over 2500 rolls of film are included in the collection.
 
Members visiting the American-French Genealogical Society library have the opportunity to view the microfilms and if they desire request copies of the events.
 
Specifically, this unique, historical collection contains the following: 
- Baptisms, Marriages, and Death Records for the entire Province of Quebec. 
- Baptisms, Marriages, and Death Records for those areas of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia known to be predominantly French-Canadian. 
- Notarial Acts, such as marriage contracts, wills, deeds, and other legal documents for the Province of Quebec. 
 
This collection covers each parish from its founding to 1935-1940 when the Drouin Institute produced the microfilm. 
 
All parishes, both Catholic and non-Catholic, and some Indian Missions were filmed. 
 
The microfilm is from the actual records filmed by Drouin Instute, and will afford you the opportunity to make your own interpretations of the handwritten documents, and in some cases, view the signatures of your ancestors. 
 
Up to now the only way to view these films in the United States is by visiting AFGS and searching the films yourself. 
 
To increase the availability of information that is available from these Drouin microfilms AFGS is offering a new service.
 
This service is open to anyone, member or non-member who would like a copy of an event from the Drouin microfilms. 
 
If your researching American-French Canadian Genealogy and have a record from a repertoire or book concerning the act (Marriage, Baptism, Death Record etc.) you may now be able to get a copy of that event. 
 
Most information in Repertoire and books available for research have been edited from these Drouin records and condensed into the format required for the books. But these Drouin microfilm records are the complete actual records of the specific event. This should produce an interesting addition to your Genealogical Information. 
 
This service would provide a copy of the record just the way it is written in the actual journal or book. It would not be transcribed so it would be in the actual language as it was written, with all the comments as they were recorded. In some case it may be a little challenging to read because of the penmanship as these are microfilmed from the actual records. 
 
The fee is for this service if an AFGS member is $2.00 per copy of an event or if a non-member the fee is $5.00. This fee includes finding the information on the film from information you supplied, and making a copy of the event.

Postage and handling is $2.50 for the first event then $1.00 each additional event.
 
NOTE: There is no charge for AFGS to check if we have the information.
You pay only when we have found your information. 

 
Here's is an example of what a microfilm record looks like. Not all of events contain the same information. Some are very informative some are simple but this is what is actually on the church journals or records. This is as close to being there as possible and an great source. 
- Drouin Film Example -
 
Please NOTE: These are not certified copies. 
 
Also some of these copies may be in Latin and most are in French. If you would like to have one of our volunteers translate the copy there is an minimum additional fee of $7.00 per copy. The actual translation cost can not be determined until the film is reviewed. When the translation cost is known you will be notified of the cost for the translation. This way you can decided if you want it translated. 

After your approval and full payment you will receive the original copy plus a translated version of what is on the copy. 

 
If we cannot find the requested information, we will charge you nothing.
 
In order to be sure of finding the correct entry, we will need the complete information from the form. Not all of the microfilms are indexed and they are set up by date. It is very important that the date is supplied as well as other supporting information on our form. 
 
Forms must be complete before we will review the film for the event. 
 
When ordering this service you must fill out the online form as the first step. Do not send payment now, you will only send the payment after we have reviewed the film and contact you that we have found what your looking for. At that time you will need to send in the appropriate payment to AFGS. When we receive your payment the items ordered will be forwarded to you postpaid. 
 
Please allow min 5 weeks for processing
 

IMPORTANT This is a Copy service not a Research Request

This offer is only if you know the Actual Names, Exact Place and Date of the event that is documented in a repertoire (published book of baptisms, marriages or deaths) or the PRDH. This offer is for a copy of an event not for research. Your request will not be processed if it does not have the necessary information.
 
We are only offering this copy service if the form is completely filled out with the information listed in the IMPORTANT section, and we have the Drouin microfilm.
 
If you do not have the necessary information you may request that our research department do the research and document the information. There is a fee if we find the information and it is sent to you.    Research Department
 
Important: This offer may be withdrawn at any time.
 
Drouin Copy Request Form

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