google-site-verification: google65e716d80989ba07.html The Armchair Genealogist: February 2018

Drouin Institute Updates and More!!

Last week, Drouin Institute made some updates to their database with the addition of all 1917 marriages.  Here's what's new and how to locate these original documents. Also be sure to check out their new series on their blog, Immigration from Old to New France.(links below)  Happy Hunting.

Today, we are happy to announce the addition of all 1917 Quebec Catholic marriages to Genealogy Quebec. These marriages are now available on the LAFRANCE.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic Marriages 1917: 15 369 records added
Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 17 397 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 6 576 records added

In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. Baptisms and burials of the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through our bimonthly updates.

Original document for the 1917 marriages

While the certificates for the 1917 marriages are now available on the LAFRANCE, they are not yet linked to the original parish document. These links will be added with the release of our first spring update.
Until then, the original documents can be viewed in the Drouin Collection Records. Here is an example illustrating the process of finding the original document for a 1917 marriage.

We are looking for the original document associated with the marriage certificate of Joseph Desjardins and Marie Eva Levesque.

To find the original document, we will use the Drouin Collection Records tool. Once there, we will open the Québec folder.

We must then find the folder named after the parish in which the marriage was celebrated. In our case, the parish is St-Pacôme and will be found under "St".

By opening the 1917 folder, we obtain the list of images of St-Pacôme's register for that year. The images are sorted in chronological order; the first images will contain the January records, while the last few images will contain the December records. Since the marriage we are looking for was celebrated on January 30th, we know that it will be found on one of the first images.

And with that, we have found the original document pertaining to Joseph Desjardins and Marie Eva Levesque's marriage.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

Immigration from Old to New France, the first of a series of articles about the first French settlers.

(Reprinted with permission from the Drouin Institute.)

Free How-To Irish Genealogy Video - Limited Time!

Irish Genealogical Research Society  (IGRS) has recently released three how-to videos to help you understand and read Irish documents. These videos are only available for free viewing until Sunday, February 18, 2018, so be quick about it.

Here's what IGRS had to say about their new video additions.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society Launches “How-To” Irish Genealogy Videos

Press Release February 14, 2018

Access to records useful for Irish genealogy has become easier since the onset of the digital age. But wider access often serves only to highlight just how frustrating Irish family history can be. Too frequently it’s difficult to search cleverly within the surviving records and not always easy to interpret the results.

Over the last while we’ve heard again and again researchers say “how I wish that an experienced genealogist could be sat right next to me, while online, sharing the benefit of their experience and expertise”. Now, with the release of an initial three “How-To” Irish genealogy videos, the IGRS is making that wish come true.

With its first three videos - dealing with Roman Catholic parish records, Census returns and Church of Ireland parish registers - the IGRS is offering its members terrific first hand expertise and guidance.

To celebrate the launch of the videos at the coming Irish genealogy and family history show ‘Back to our Past’, in Belfast, all three videos will be freely available for the period of the show, Friday, 16th to Sunday, 18th February. The Society intends to add more of these “How-To” videos, all of which will join the extensive library of online resources and research advice already available to IGRS members.  A fourth video on Civil Registration records is already in production and will join the online library shortly.

In launching this new initiative, IGRS Chairman, Steven Smyrl, said “The old idiom that knowledge is never wasted is all the more potent when it refers to knowledge that’s shared. The two speakers on these videos – Susan Hood & Claire Bradley - are experts, generously sharing their knowledge and expertise built-up over many years. Their help, guidance and advice will help demystify sources for Irish genealogy, making searching a more successful and rewarding experience.”

The videos can be accessed from this page:

Photograph caption:

1.    Latin annotation of marriage from baptismal register of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, noting that John Joseph Lee, born 26th April 1877, subsequently married Elizabeth Byrne on 27 September 1908 in Dublin. Copyright: National Library of Ireland

Online Genealogy Learning - 2018 Rootstech Streaming Schedule

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

RootsTech 2018 keynotes and select classes will be broadcast live daily at your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your RootsDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show's marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.
"RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person," said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. "However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show's reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference." In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.
The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.
RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule  
Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).
RootsTech Streaming Schedule  
Time (MST)
Class Title
Class Description
Speaker or Speakers
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Family History in 5 Minutes a Day
Explore 20 ways to effectively do your family history in as little as 5 minutes a day.
Deborah Gamble
11:00 a.m.
DNA: One Family, One World
(Sponsored by Living DNA)
A new project by Living DNA is mapping the world's DNA, building one world family tree through genetics. Gain insight into how this will impact your family history.
David Nicholson
1:30 p.m.
Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections
Step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving, and cataloging photo collections for future generations and identifying, digitizing, and sharing collections using family trees and social media.
Ari Wilkins
3:00 p.m.
Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research
Fire destroyed many US military and civilian service records. Alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records.
Jennifer Holik
4:30 p.m.
Wednesday General Session and Innovation Showcase
Steve Rockwood explores where industry giant, FamilySearch, has been and is going. Introduction of the all-new RootsTech Innovation Showcase.
Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Thursday General Session
Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York, a photography and storytelling blog. HONY has built a devoted following of over 20 million fans across several social media platforms.
Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York
11:00 a.m.
MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results
(Sponsored by MyHeritage)
Learn about the MyHeritage DNA service and how the process works, from taking the test to the lab analysis. Learn about MyHeritage DNA's over 40 ethnicities and how to optimize your DNA matches.
Yaniv Erlich
1:30 p.m.
Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve, and Share
Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing, and sharing. Learn how to edit and create photo projects and automatically add your photos to the app from digital devices.
Michelle Goodrum
3:00 p.m.
Unlocking Roman Catholic Records
The Catholic Church is essential for uncovering the lives of millions of immigrants from many nationalities. See how findmypast and the Catholic Church are working to make these records easily accessible.
Brian Donovan
4:30 p.m.
A Gift of Life: Who's Writing Your Story?
Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness, and change. Don't leave the task of finding the answers of your life's history to someone else. Take the time to write your life story.
Deborah Abbott
Friday, March 2, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Friday General Session
Scott Hamilton is the living example that good guys CAN finish first! He is an Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, speaker, author, husband/father, and eternal optimist!
Scott Hamilton, Olympic Skater
11:00 a.m.
findmypast's British and Irish Hidden Gems
(Sponsored by findmypast)
Explore some of the wonderful collections that can help you break down your British ancestry brick walls, go back further in your family research, and add untold color and detail to your family story.
Myko Clelland
1:30 p.m.
Finding the Right DNA Test for You
DNA testing is becoming an integral tool, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? If you are brand new to genetic genealogy, this is the class for you.
Jim Brewster
3:00 p.m.
How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind
Nobody wants their genealogy research to end up in a landfill. Hear a few horror stories of genealogy materials destroyed and how you can avoid those mistakes.
Amy Johnson Crow and Curt Witcher
4:30 p.m.
Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch
Learn new skills and techniques used by the experts and lesser known record identification tools and features of the FamilySearch website.
Robert Kehrer
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Saturday General Session
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of popular PBS Finding Your Roots series, and Natalia Lafourcadeone of the most successful singers in the Latin America pop rock genre, will keynote this opening session.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Natalia Lafourcade
11:00 a.m.
Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales
England and Wales national indexes and recent innovations at the General Register Office have opened up new possibilities and completely new indexes.
Audrey Collins
1:30 p.m.
Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA
(Sponsored by Ancestry)
Learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results.
Anna Swayne
3:00 p.m.
Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy
Library, archive, government, and specialized websites have much to offer. Discover these sites and strategies for getting more online data.
Curt Witcher