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BMS2000 and PRDH-IGD Databases

During these difficult times of social distancing and self-isolation, the Québec Genealogical eSociety (QGeS) has been ideally positioned to provide members with online resources and tools to conduct research in the province of Québec. These exceptional conditions have resulted in increased consumption of BMS2000 and PRDH-IGD vouchers that exceeds our ability to keep these databases replenished while maintaining all other QGeS services.

After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has decided that in order to preserve the long-term financial viability of our society, the monthly provision for vouchers will be capped at 10,000 for BMS2000 and 10,000 for PRDH-IGD starting in May 2020. In “normal” times these levels would be sufficient to provide full service throughout most months. In these exceptional times, we will attempt to minimize the effects of this “capping” by replenishing the BMS2000 and PRDH-IGD vouchers at different times each month.

This does not affect your ability to use these subscription databases to find your ancestors; however, you may not be able to click on the record to view pertinent information. To avoid depleting vouchers unnecessarily, we encourage you to click on a record only when you have limited your search results as much as possible.

To provide you with increased research options and to offset any limitations resulting from these voucher caps, we have recently introduced a FamilySearch Finding Aid located on the Databases tab of our website. A BAnQ Finding Aid will be coming soon!
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you as we continue to accommodate your research needs, while looking out for the long-term sustainability of our society.


Stories from the Mount Royal Cemetery


Date and Time: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 - 19:30 EDT

Presenter: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal

A virtual guided tour of famous people buried in Mount Royal Cemetery will bring to life many interesting people with facts and anecdotes that are linked to important historic events. These great Montrealers who have great monuments to commemorate them, played a major role in the advents of steamships, railways, banks, industries and institutions such as hospitals, schools and museums.

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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: Monday, 11 May 2020 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Johanne Gervais

This webinar is scheduled for the second Monday of every month. Join us to help familiarize yourself with all the features of the eSociety including using the Resource Links, Members' Forum, and the PRDH, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases.

To register for this webinar, go to our Upcoming Webinars page on our Website.

Don't forget our Past Webinars page on our website has recorded webinars that you can view at your leisure. 

If you would like to share your genealogical interests or expertise in a webinar, please contact us. We are looking for speakers for our 2020 webinar series.
Members' Forum
Looking for help in breaking down your brick walls?

Don't forget to list your brick wall on our
 Members' Forum page on our website.
Resource Links
Administrative Region 17 - Centre-du-Québec

The Centre-du-Québec (Central Québec) administrative region is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, opposite Trois-Rivières. It became an independent administrative region on July 30, 1997 with five regional county municipalities: Arthabaska, Bécancour, Drummond, L’Érable, and Nicolet-Yamaska. The main cities are Drummondville, Victoriaville, and Bécancour.
The Centre-du-Québec region is located not in the geographic centre of Québec, but rather "in the heart" of the St. Lawrence Valley, where the majority of Québec's population resides. The region is located halfway between the cities of Montreal and Quebec City, near the St. Lawrence River, which gives it its central character. It is bordered to the north, beyond the St. Lawrence River, by the Mauricie region, to the west by the Montérégie region, to the east by the Chaudière-Appalaches region and to the south by the Estrie region.
The Centre-du-Québec is primarily an agricultural region known as the breadbasket of Quebec; major products include livestock and poultry, dairy products, as well as food crops such as cereals, vegetables, and fruits such as apples and cranberries.
The Centre-du-Québec region is home to several thousand members of the Wabanaki Nation. They are scattered throughout the region, with two major population centres of  Odanak and Wôlinak.

Below are the resources added over the past weeks for Region 17 - Centre-du-Québec to our Resource Links page of our website. If you know of any websites related to this region that could help with family history research, please let us know.

Births, Marriages, Deaths

Originis Database for the Centre-du-Québec region

From the Originis database, an index of baptisms from 1860-1914, marriages and burials from about 1860-1909 have been added to our website. 

Cemetery Transcriptions

Having trouble finding information about the death of your ancestors? Gravestone transcriptions are a valuable source of genealogical information as they frequently include dates of birth and death as well as the names of spouses, children, and other family members. Some websites also include biographical information on the deceased that could help with your research.

Find A Grave

The Find A Grave database includes cemetery transcriptions for 76 locations in the Centre-du-Québec region. 

Below is a Find A Grave cemetery transcription from Saint Patrice Cemetery in Tingwick, Arthabaska County, which is noted as an Irish cemetery. Find A Grave has 128 memorials transcribed for this cemetery.

Other Cemetery Transcriptions

Links to the following cemetery transcriptions in Centre-du-Québec have been added to the Resource Links page of our website:
  • Adderley - Adderley Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Adderley - Saint Luke Anglican Cemetery
  • Inverness - Boutelles Cemetery
  • Inverness - Congregational Chapel Cemetery
  • Inverness - Saint Andrews Cemetery
  • Kingsey Station - Lorne Cemetery
  • Kingsey Falls - Casady Cemetery
  • Kingsey Falls - Kingsey Falls Cemetery
  • L'Avenir - Husk Family Pioneer Cemetery
  • Laurierville - Sainte Julie Cemetery
  • Rectory Hill - Saint Stephen's Cemetery
  • Plessisville - Saint Calixte Cemetery
  • South Durham - Saint James Cemetery
  • South Durham - South Durham United Church Cemetery
Digitized newspapers for the Centre-du-Québec region on the BAnQ website

The resource link for BAnQ's digitized newspapers for the Centre-du-Québec region has been added to our website. This link will be included in our new BAnQ Finding Aid!

Areas covered are Arthabaskaville, Drummondville, Nicolet, Pierreville, Plessisville, and Victoriaville.

Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on our General Resource Links section !

If you have found an interesting resource link that is not on our website, please let us know and we will add it.
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Did You Know?

Finding Aid


Did you know that we now have a FamilySearch Finding Aid on the Databases page of our website? This Finding Aid can help you easily find Quebec records on the FamilySearch website.

If you know the date of your ancestor's baptism, marriage, or burial, and the image has not yet been digitized and linked to the BMS2000 database, you may find the church record by browsing through the non-indexed images on FamilySearch.

To access the Finding Aid, click on the Resources main menu tab of our website, then click on the Databases sub-menu. Click on the FamilySearch icon and the Finding Aid will appear.

Below is an example of what you can expect to see in this 4-page Finding Aid:


Stay tuned for our upcoming BAnQ Finding Aid!
In the News

Top Tips to Find an Obituary for a Specific Person 

FamilySearch Blog
April 13, 2020  - by  Kathryn Grant


If you’ve read obituaries about your ancestors, you know they can provide a wealth of information. They may include biographical details, names of relatives, religious affiliation, and more. If you find an obituary for a specific person, the information within can fill in gaps, lead to other records, and help break down brick walls.

The earliest known obituaries were published Roman times. For centuries, obituaries were mainly for prominent people. But things began to change with the invention the printing press and the linotype machine as newspapers became widespread. Over time, obituaries became more common and more detailed, evolving to the life sketches and tributes we often see today.

Determine the Obituary’s Key Information

When you are trying to find an obituary for a specific person, your chances of success improve if you have the following information:

1. A death date or death date range. Sometimes you may have an exact death date from a death certificate or family record. But even if you don’t, you can usually estimate a death date range from other records. For example, if your ancestor appears with her husband in the 1851 England census, but her husband appears as a widower in the 1861 census, your ancestor most likely died between 1851 and 1861.

2. A death place. Again, you might have this exact information, but even if you don’t, you can usually make a good estimate. What was the person’s last known residence according to church, government, or other records? Where do you find the person’s family after he or she died?

3. For women, the surname at the time of death. If you’re looking for a female ancestor, try to determine the woman’s surname at the time of death. For example, a woman named Vera Webb married a man surnamed Brantley. Then she married a second time to a man surnamed Stephens. She did not marry again. We would expect to find her obituary under the name of Vera Webb or Vera Stephens.

4. Family members. Particularly when you are researching a common name, information about known family members can help you determine if you have the right obituary.

Search for Obituaries Online


Online searching is simple and quick, so it’s a great place to start. Where can you find obituaries online?

  • Try the FamilySearch Historical Records Collections. Filter the list by typing “obit” in the Filter by Collection Title box. That way, you get all titles with “Obituary” and “Obituaries.”
  • Visit cemetery sites such as Find a Grave and Billion Graves. Individual grave records may include obituaries added by users.
  • Look at newspaper sites such as Genealogy Bank and Newspaper Archive. Google also has news archives. And don’t forget smaller newspaper sites for the area where you think your ancestor died. These sites can be a goldmine for finding ancestors who lived in the newspaper’s publication area. 
  • The FamilySearch Research Wiki can help you locate obituary collections. For example, to find obituaries for Quebec ancestors, search for “Quebec Obituaries.”
  • Your public library website may have a family history or genealogy section that includes access to digital newspapers.
  • Memorial sites such as host obituaries from newspapers; in addition, users can publish obituaries directly to the site.

Next time you’re looking for more information about an ancestor or clues to help you break down brick walls, why not look for an obituary? It may have just the information you need.

Perfect for stay-at-home and self-isolation activities

Ideas for Inspiring Children to Love Family History

April 9, 2020  Posted by Nicole Dyer


As family historians, we love sharing our finds and enthusiasm with our families, but getting them excited, especially our children or grandchildren, is not always easy. According to Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch, our goal should be to help them “have a small discovery experience that invokes emotion…that’s what is going to spread…Discovery brings the spirit and emotion to it” (Trent Toone, “5 questions with FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood,” Deseret News, 1 Mar. 2018).

How can we help children to have a “discovery experience that invokes emotion”? Choose a family history activity that will inspire them. Whether you are wanting to inspire one child or a group of children, there are three keys to consider when choosing an activity – age, interests, and learning style.


Try to remember what it was like to be their age. Make it fun and unique to them. Traveling to cemeteries and old churches may not interest young children and may even bore them but a bedtime story would engage them and ingrain the stories of their ancestors in their minds. In contrast, adult children may not get as much excitement out of a picture-matching game as they would attending or planning an ancestor night or planning and going on a trip to the homeland of their ancestors.


Do they like acting, drawing, cooking, organizing? Do they find maps interesting or do they enjoy music? Let their interests guide you.


We all have different ways that we learn best. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Consider the individual learning style of your child and choose any idea that will cater to that style. Some children will gravitate toward hands-on games and projects, and others will lean toward reading books about the time period ancestors lived.

Once you have considered these three keys, you are ready to choose an idea to inspire them! Here are four fun ideas. To find MANY more ideas visit

1. Photo Investigation

Looking at a picture of an ancestor can tell a lot about him or her. Children can become picture detectives to see what they can figure out about their ancestors by looking at pictures. Even if they know nothing about an ancestor and have a picture of him or her, they can learn something and sometimes a lot. Here are some clues to look for when investigating a picture:

What is in the background? – Do you see a house, a boat, the forest, a picture on a wall? The background may show where the person liked to be or what the family did together.

What are they doing? What is happening? – Are they having a picnic; fishing; ice skating; or celebrating a birthday, anniversary or holiday?

Who are they with? – Are they with family members, friends, animals, or someone famous?

What are they wearing? – Are they wearing military clothing, work clothing, sports clothing, or farming clothing?

2. Generations Project

Let the child choose an ancestor to connect with. Think together about what you know about him or her. Where did they live? What did they do for a profession or hobby? What skills did they have? What traditions did they do? What did they eat?

Once you have learned about your ancestor, choose a project such as:

• Learn something or do something that they did such as fishing, using a washboard, knitting, gardening, going to an opera, or having a picnic in the mountains.
• Visit a place they lived or frequented such as a lake, the ocean, or a park.
• Do one of their traditions.
• Make one of their recipes.

Children can consider what their ancestor may have thought during the activity— for example, did they find the activity difficult or relaxing? Did they think the place was peaceful? Was the recipe delicious?

3. “Son of” and “Daughter of” List

In scripture sometimes it says, “____ who was the son of ____, ____ who was the son of ____,” and so on. How would your ancestor list be? Start with your name and write your own based on the male or female line of your family tree? For girls it would be “____ who was the daughter of ____, ____ who is the daughter of ____, ____ who is the daughter of ____.”

4. Ancestor Celebration

If your children like celebrations they will love to do an ancestor celebration! Involve your children as much as possible. Choose a country where your ancestors lived or a specific family to celebrate. It can be done simply as a dinner or more elaborately as an entire evening or day of activities. Make a special meal based on the country or the family of your ancestors. If possible, involve children in the cooking. Here are some ideas to make the celebration more elaborate:

• Prepare and act out a skit about an ancestor.
• Tell stories from an ancestor’s life.
• Learn a game from the country.
• Have a guest who recently lived in or visited that country and ask him or her to share about it.
• Display a project a child has done about the ancestor.
• Bring out and share a family heirloom.

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