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Article Updated 22 October 2008

Addendum to "Little Victoria and Gigantic Drouin Finally Spell Success"
By: Xenia Stanford Biography & Archived Articles

When I presented the article "Little Victoria and Gigantic Drouin Finally Spell Success" (May 22, 2008 issue of The Global Gazette) I reported the following problem:

"There is a much more perturbing problem. The microfilm display shows the two facing pages at once. This is fine for the records that end on either page, The problem occurs where the right hand page ends with the indexed names in the margin, but the text for that record extends to the next set of facing pages. Before the indexing was done and you could search by parish and date, you could continue on to the next set of pages, but not so now."

I was contacted within days by a representative of who had read my article. She told me how to find the next page. Simple! (Describes both how I feel and how easy the solution is.) Just go to the top of the display screen and see the arrows pointing to Prev and Next. Click on the arrow Next to go to the next page of the document and Prev to go to (or back to) the Previous page…



With that solved, the representative said you can still search by parish and date. Immediately after you sign-in you will see the search screen and below it there are the names of the collections.

Click on the collection you want. In this case, we will use Quebec Vital Records At the bottom of the page, you will see Please choose a location letter:

So if you know the record was in La Prairie, click L. The list of parishes starting with the letter L will appear. In this case there are several for La Prairie. Click on the one you want. I chose Notre-Dame-de-LaPrairie-de-la-Madeleine.

The years will appear. Then click on the year or year span you want. You then be brought to the first page of the year or span of years. You will see just above the record screen a window above the words Image Number. The image number will be 1 of … followed by the highest number of images for that year/year span. I chose 1747-1752 and it shows image 1 of 302.

You can then navigate by clicking the Next or Prev arrows or typing the image number you want into the box above Image Number.

This is even easier to search within a parish or location than it was before the indexing was done. At that time you had to guess at the name of the parish or what parishes were in a given town or city.

N.B. I commented on names shared by either sex. I forgot to mention one name we consider masculine that was and still is used among the French and French Canadians for females. That is the name Claude. So be aware that just because you are looking for a female, her name might not be Claudine or Claudette, but simply Claude. Simple! Just try creative variations when searching through any records, if you are not finding it under what you think it should be. There are always exceptions to the rules when it comes to names.

So Happy Hunting! The records you need are only a fingertip away with the Drouin Collection.

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