About the AFGS Surname Marriage CD
The CD contains marriages for a specific surname. It lists the married couple, the place and date of the marriage and normally the parents of the bride and groom.
Surname marriages are extracted from:
1 - Repertoire Alphabetique de Mariages des Canadiens Francais 1760 - 1935 Ordre Masculin (Alphabetical Listing of French-Canadian Marriages 1760 - 1935 by Male Surname Order). Commonly referred to as the “Blue Drouins”. This 61 Volume, 33,160 page reference work contains over 1,000,000 marriages listed alphabetically by male surname.
2 - Repertoire Alphabetique de Mariages des Canadiens Francais 1760 - 1935 Ordre Feminin (Alphabetical Listing of French-Canadian Marriages 1760 - 1935 by Female Surname Order). Commonly referred to as the “Female Drouin”, this 64 Volume, 32,431 page reference work also contains over 1,000,000 marriages listed alphabetically by female surname.
3 - Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Francais 1608 - 1760 Commonly referred to as the “Red Drouin” books lists almost all the early French Canadian marriages from the beginning of French Canada until the beginning of the English takeover in 1760.
The Drouin Institute
The Drouin Institute (l’Institut Généalogique Drouin) was a very prestigious institution. It was located for many years in Montréal, PQ and was the gold standard for genealogical research.
In 1937, The Drouin Institute began a project to microfilm church and civil records and continued it until 1942. During that time, teams of people went to all the villages, towns and cities in the Province of Quebec and French speaking parts of Ontario, New Brunswick and even the United States.
The result was a fabulous collection of primary source records including births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials ranging from the founding dates of a parish or town until 1940.
In 1997 the American copyright for the film and the International copyrights for the books were purchased by The American French Genealogical Society of Rhode Island.
What names are on the CD ?
Drouin male surname marriage books and female surname marriage books are each divided into two sections. The Red Drouin has only one section. The Drouin books are grouped as an alphabetical listing of marriages . In the group of alphabetical surnames are slight spelling variations of the surname and also
some “dit” names included for that surname.
Some surnames have enough marriages to have their own group but some names do not. In that case the Drouin Institute includes the surname in a “dit” name for that surname. When a surname does not have its own group Drouin lists the surname but directs the researcher to the “dit” surname.
An example of this is the name Pommenville. It is listed in Drouin as Pominville, and only appears on a total of four pages as groups in the Drouin books. In all the other sections it instructs the reader to look under Brault. In a case such as this when only one or two pages are listed we have included both surnames Brault and Pominville.
Each AFGS Surname Marriage CD contains all of the marriage information available on one specific surname. If there is no group for the specific surname in a section and Drouin does not direct the researcher to another name then no information will be included for that section, as none is available.
This CD contains a specific surname from all 3 reference books. The Drouin book pages have been scanned and presented just as they appear in the books. Any marginal notes,
cross outs, and corrections were done by the staff of the Drouin Institute in the course of their research. Unfortunately the meanings of some of the notations they made are unknown.
As with any transcribed work, errors can occur. We urge you to use this as a guide in your research. The AFGS library in Woonsocket, RI has the complete collection of Drouin film from which these works were written. Copies of the original register entry can be obtained from AFGS, for an additional charge.
While this CD contains all the pages from a specific surname, WE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY “DIT” NAMES ASSOCIATED WITH A SPECIFIC SURNAME. Each surname stands alone, and “dit” names must be purchased separately. The exception to this is when Drouin does not list a specific surname but instead instructs you to look under another surname.
If Drouin directs the researcher to more than one surname for the information, the CD will only contain the first surname listed, not any additional “dit” names listed. Each surname stands alone, and “dit” names must be purchased separately. See example below.
AFGS Surname Marriage CD “dit” Name Example
If the CD was for the name Beauregard and there was no group for the name Beauregard in a section of Drouin, and Drouin directs the researcher to check Jarret and also Vincent - Fauchon for the name Beauregard, we will include Jarret. The CD for Beauregard would contain Jarret as the first name directed by Drouin but not Vincent or Fauchon. Vincent or Fauchon would have to be ordered as a new CD.
Important: By ordering the AFGS Surname Marriage CD you understand that the surname you are requesting on the Surname Marriage CD may not be spelled exactly the way you are ordering it in the marriage records.
The printed Drouin marriage records are separated by surnames and in each group are spelling variations depending on the source. A number of surnames do not have their own group. They may be “dit” names of other surnames.
If a surname does not have its own group in the Drouin printed records, Drouin directs the researcher to see another surname where they may find that name.
The AFGS Surname Marriage CD contains copies of the printed Drouin marriage records
from the Drouin books for the specific surname requested, if the Drouin printed records have a group for that name. If the surname does not have a group, then the Surname CD will contain the surname group that Drouin directs the researcher to.
NOTE: If Drouin directs the researcher to more then one surname for the records, the CD will only contain the first surname listed, not any additional “dit” names listed. Each surname stands alone, and “dit” names must be purchased separately.
Depending on the surname requested some CD’s will contain more marriages then other CD’s.
AFGS Surname Marriage CD’s are custom produced per surname. Delivery will vary depending on the number of orders.
AFGS Members will take priority.
The AFGS Surname Marriage CD is being offered for an introductory price of
plus shipping and handling $4.00,
Rhode Island residents please include Sales Tax of $6.23
Residents outside the USA, please use Postal Money Orders in US funds only.
Information About the CD
The CD can be run from the cd drive or installed on the computer.
The CD runs on MS Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and XP Service Pack 2.
NOTE: There is no Mac edition.
An Adobe Acrobat reader is required to view the marriage data on this CD.
This CD runs in a program with a menu and selections.
The PDF files are embedded in the program and display within the
NOTE: The amount of information included on the CD for a surname will depend on the surname selected.
Each Drouin page on the CD have approximately 40
The CD also includes sections on:
• Information about the AFGS Surname Marriage CD.
• Review of what is a “dit” name.
• Instructions for reading the different Drouin marriage information.
• Other information that may help with your research.