Tuesday, May 6, 2014


P.R.D.H. - BMD's in Early New France.

Le Programme de Recherche en Démographie Historique

(The Research Program in Historical Demography) 

"In 1966, the Programme de recherche en démographie historique PRDH, (Research Programme in Historical Demography) at the Université de Montréal undertook the exhaustive reconstruction of the population of Quebec from the beginnings of French colonization in the seventeenth century. This objective has been realized in the form of a computerized population register, composed of biographical files on all individuals of European ancestry who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley. The file for each individual gives the date and place of birth, marriage(s), and death, as well as family and conjugal ties with other individuals. This basic information is complemented by various socio-demographic characteristics drawn from documents: socio-professional status and occupation, ability to sign his or her name, place of residence, and, for immigrants, place of origin." ***

"You can navigate on PRDH site and obtain a list of references to certificates, individuals or families, or marriages; this will allow you to check whether our data base contains information on the ancestor(s) for whom you chose to launch a search, but you cannot navigate to take your search further. A subscription will enable you to obtain the complete information of the certificates, families, etc. which interest you."  
 There is an example on their web page to allow you to appreciate the quality and richness of the information a subscription allows you to obtain.***

Good Luck finding French Ancestors,


*** http://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/en/public/RechEtatCivilIndividu.asp