All who have French-Canadian ancestors will love this new database available as part of the Monroe County Library System’s Online Resources.  

Users will have access to birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records in “The French America” since the beginning of European settlements (some records as early as 1621). The database is searchable by individual, by couple, or by place specifying a precise date or time frame, and will lead to scanned images of original documents. Search pages may be displayed in French or English.  LaFrance is a subscription database offered by the Genealogie Quebec website.

Note that this database is available from any Internet computer at all of the MCLS Branches only.  Using this site requires a password. All passwords are located in our Online Resources Brochure, which is available at any of our 16 branches.  You can also call your local library for more information.

LaFrance joins the library’s other genealogy subscription databases that include Ancestry, Heritage Quest Online, and Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Heritage Quest Online and Biology and Genealogy Master Index can both be accessed from home with a password from the Online Resources Brochure.

The Monroe County Library System strives to maintain a well-rounded and accessible Genealogy Collection at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.  Focusing on the families of Monroe County, Michigan, materials extend to coverage of surrounding counties (including those in Northwest Ohio) and their ties to Monroe.  Other fields of concentration follow family lines to French Canada, New England and the Atlantic states, and areas near Eastern Tennessee.  While the focus is on Monroe County, the collection includes resources from over 30 other states and Canada. 

The library's Genealogy page lists other unique resources and provides users with a good starting point. Check it out!