The Drouin records that are over at Ancestry.com are now indexed – kind of. It is not a perfect system, but it works remarkably well if you know what you are looking for. The past couple days, I have found new information on people in my direct lineage that I thought I would never find since I can’t spend weeks reading old French records on the computer.
I’m in the process of updating my local database to reflect the changes and new additions. For those people who have their own pages on this site, I have tried to update those as I go.
Some advice to those people who are whining and complaining about the quality of the index on Ancestry for the Drouin records: knock it off. The index is just another tool in the genealogist’s toolbox. It is not meant to do your research for you. If all you know is the name, then you are going to be greatly disappointed. If you have names, dates and/or places, then it is a great tool for verifying information or uncovering new information. I have read too many people complaining about how they can’t find what they are looking for. Well, maybe dig into the records themselves, or at least come armed with more information than my great-great-grandfather Joseph so-and-so was born in Quebec. Yeah, good luck with that one.
New database will be uploaded soon.