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Monday, March 19, 2007

Find French Forebears For Free

The Drouin Collection will be free to view at Ancestry.com through the end of March.

The Drouin Collection represents the largest and most valuable French-Canadian family history resources available, including an impressive collection of Quebec vital records. The collection ranges from the beginning of European settlement to the 1940s, including the nearly 12 million records which marked the history of Quebec families over three centuries.
There's no name index, so you'd better have your high-school French teacher on speed dial. I was able to find the marriage record of my 3rd-great-grandparents Martial Laplante and Marie Parent in Van Buren, Maine, in about three minutes—but only because I already knew it was there.

Sarah

Martial/marcel? laplante and marie parant were my g-g-g-g grandparents! Any idea who his parents were? I'm stuck

Chris

Their marriage record at S. Bruno in Van Buren, Me., indicates that he was the son of André Laplante and Théotiste Chassé.

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