Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes- Cyprien Tanguay

We are very pleased to be one of the few sites offering fully searchable versions of Cyprien Tanguay‘s Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes.

A word of caution, these files are very large and may take a long time to load!

Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes plus À travers les registres– Through the records

À travers les registres is an analysis and aggregation of information obtained by Cyprien Tanguay as he conducted his Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes research. This document is extremely useful in reviewing population trends, expansion and more.

Please note these documents are generally in DJVU format; you will need a DJVU plugin (get one here) for your browser in order to read the texts. For additional information and pointers on using DJVU, see our posting on “Why DJVU and not PDF?

Due to file size limits on the ManyRoads’ server, the Tanguy downloads no longer employ the ManyRoads’ standard download tools/approach.  You must now download the entire documents (as zip files, links below) and de-compress them locally on your server/ PC.


  1. Claudette
    16 August, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    Bonjour, même avec votre DJVU Pluginfor Internet explorer
    je ne peux l’ouvrir. I am so sorry!

    lequel me conseillez-vous?

    Bravo pour votre site

  2. Mark Rabideau
    16 August, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Bonjour Claudette

    Perhaps this will help you: http://njlegallib.rutgers.edu/help/djvuhelp.php

    Bon chance!

  3. Colleen Callan
    15 December, 2010 @ 5:10 am

    Bon Jour,
    My great-great-uncle was Louis St. Laurent, prime Minister of Canada. I would like to know his family history dating back to the 1600´s.

  4. Mark Rabideau
    15 December, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    Hi Colleen, Have you tried checking your family history through some of our Quebec genealogy links on this page: http://www.many-roads.com/link-directory/ ? If you’d like more specific help, please feel free to contact me either via email or via the ManyRoads’ contact form. Bon chance!

  5. Thomas B. Higgins
    31 May, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    I’m using the Caminova DjVu Browser Plug-in (http://www.caminova.net/en/downloads/). It is a free download. It works fine with Mozilla Firefox 4.0.1, and is said to work with a broad range of browsers.

    What I really like about this version of Tanguay is that it is fully searchable, unlike, for example, the version at the National Archives of Quebec which is optically very crisp but in an unsearchable PDF image format. The Caminova search function is not defeated by italics and can even handle somewhat broken characters. Also, the speed with which DjVu documents can be displayed, panned, zoomed and otherwise manipulated is without equal.

    Thank you, Many Roads, for a really useful research tool!

  6. Mark Rabideau
    31 May, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    Hi Thomas, You are welcome. Be aware that there are a few places within our version of Tanguay which are not reliably searchable. Apparently it has to do with the scanned text’s clarity. I tried fixing it to no avail. …mark

  7. Chris L'Ecuyer
    3 November, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    Hello Mark

    Thank you for placing this tool on your website.
    I have used it many time but not with your searchable database.

    I have a question that I was hoping you could help me with – there are several footnotes in this collection attached to my ancestors

    it simply says “Voy. Vol. 1 p. 387”
    would you have any idea what that refers to ?

    Any help is appreciated


  8. Mark Rabideau
    4 November, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Hi Chris: It likely means: see Volume 1 (of the 7) page 387. The texts are sorted by last name into two major sections. First Volume has all last names archive who lived in Quebec up until 1700. The remaining 6 volumes are in alphabetic sequence and include the years 1700 until roughly 1760. Bon chance, mon ami! …mark

  9. carol
    19 February, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    I am looking for the parents of Francis Debien born 1831 canada married Philomena Rousseau/Brooks came to USA in 1837. Name has changed so much not sure what it really is if you can help thanks.
    Carol (Debiew) Chernogorec

  10. Mark Rabideau
    19 February, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    Hi Carol … It is probably Francois Debien… here is one: http://gw3.geneanet.org/chris106?lang=fr;p=michel;n=debien Altoughh I doubt your guy born in 1831 married and came to the US with a wife when he was 6 (in 1837). Here is another to check for spelling etc. http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca/GenealogieQuebec.aspx?pid=361177 Bon chance!

  11. Pierre Guertin
    28 February, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  12. carol
    4 March, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    What about a francois debien born 1836? I am really stuck here I think someone has the wrong information. This is what I know Frank Debien born 1831-1836 died 1896 in St Regis Falls New York. Came to USA in 1837 was naturalized in 1852 was married in 1853 in Malone New York to a Philomena or Philenda Rousseau/Brooks born 1840. I am stuck as to whom his parents could or should be.
    Thank You

  13. Mark Rabideau
    5 March, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    Hi Carol, I am not quite sure how you would like me to help. I can tell you that there are Debiens in Tanguay vol 3. beginning at page 260. The last Debien I noticed (without looking really closely died in 1781 , which is typical for his texts). You will need to find source materials to connect your family to the correct branch in Tanguay at about 1750… If you’d like more help, please contact me directly for assistance using our contact form. We are always happy to have new clients …mark

  14. Mary Fowlkes
    25 May, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I would like to find family history from Quebec Canada but don’t have a browser so unable to plug in DJVU. I’m a beginner.
    Great-Grandfather Michel Moran born 1833, Great-Grandmother Julia Brodeur born 1834.

    English is my only language.

    Thanks, Mary

  15. Mark Rabideau
    26 May, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Hi Mary. Neither name produces any ‘hits’ in Généalogie du Québec et de l’Acadie, http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca/genealogie.aspx?lng=en The dates are too recent to be in Tanguay’s texts. We’d need more data in order to find your folks. Ancestry simply produces too much for me to find useful without more particulars: see http://goo.gl/Qehe0 and http://goo.gl/AOKxJ Sorry.

  16. Tammy
    23 June, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you so much for putting this information online! I was unable to view with my DJVU plugin but opened the pdf version. What I am really trying to do is find the actual page of the information for Sevigny/LeFleur given in this link: http://www.fichierorigine.com/detail.php?numero=260088
    It says the source is DGFQ p.1046 but I am unable to find it. I want to get the actual source and verify that the comments in the “Remarques” section are part of the actual record. I am trying to find some sort of proof that Julien Charles Sevigny’s father Gilles de Sevigne (married to Gilette DeFoy) is the same Gilles de Sevigne that is the son of Renaud de Sevigne and Gabrielle du Bellay….or is it a different Gilles Sevigne. Any advice or direction is appreciated!! Thank you!!

  17. Pat Dolan
    8 July, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    In the Tanguay Collection there are 2 different listings for Francois Coutu/Cottu, b 1651, each listing the same 2 wives (Jeanne Verdon and Louise Lesiege) but totally different lists of children. Both entries are headed “1682 4 Nov.”

    I would greatly appreciate any information you might give me on how I can find out which is correct. I am interested in the Rene Coutu who married Marguerite Brisard in 1750.

  18. Mark Rabideau
    8 July, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Hi Pat, You can try looking for the actual records in Drouin (Ancestry and FamilySearch offer those). You can also buy the LeBoeuf’s corrections to Tanguay’s texts. see: http://tinyurl.com/6uvgktt Bon chance!

  19. Pat Dolan
    9 July, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Thanks, Mark: I found both entries in the Drouin collection on Ancestry.ca. Sounds like I need the corrections!

    In one case I added the location (and dit name) Valtrie to the search and found Francois Cottu de la Valtrie married to Jeanne Verdon, (one daughter, Louise) and Louise Le Siege (11 children, listed with only their birthdate).

    In the other listing, Francois Coutu had no children with Jeanne Verdon, and with Louise Lesiege he had only 4 children Jacques, Jean-Baptiste, Rene, and Daniel, listed with their date of marriage, wife’s name, and location of wedding. I suspect this is the wrong one.


  20. Pat Dolan
    9 July, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Oh, sorry- cancel that last message. I got the listings from Tanguay, not Drouin. I am checking to see if I can find Rene’s birth for his father’s name (given ad Francois in Tanguay, but that may be wrong.) Pat

  21. john
    15 December, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    I am trying to download Tanguay’s Dictionairre,for research, but It downloads, shows 0 KB, and when trying to open with the Viewer indicated, gets an “Unexpected end of file” error. Any thoughts? as to why I cannot get downloads… Thanks, John

  22. Mark Rabideau
    15 December, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Hi John, the problem was with my Cache plugin (version 3.9 of WordPress update, conflict). I have tested the downloads and turned off cache for now.

    29 June, 2015 @ 10:53 am


  24. Mark Rabideau
    11 July, 2015 @ 6:39 am

  25. Joan Milligan
    3 October, 2015 @ 7:18 am

    I want to thank you for the excellent research and essay about Andre Robidou. I am so delighted to have this and to be able to share with my relatives.

  26. Mark Rabideau
    3 October, 2015 @ 9:26 am

    Joan you are very welcome. I am working diligently on my end of the Rabideau tree and will load an updated version by the end of the year.

  27. Rick DroletRick Drolet
    10 December, 2015 @ 2:08 pm

    I am trying to download the various Tanguay volumes and all downloads fail using Chrome and Firefox browsers. I have installed the WinDjView 2.1 for Win 7, but the downloads fail with Firefox message “..djvu.part could not be saved, because the source file could not be read”

    Are these sources still available?


    Thank you for your assistance! Great web design!

  28. Mark Rabideau
    11 December, 2015 @ 5:09 am

    Hi Rick. I just succeeded downloading vol. 4 with no problem. Perhaps the error you get is with your djvu plugin. Try downloading the entire text (Use the “Save As” option to some location rather than opening the doc directly in DJVU). That worked for me. Enjoy the site!

  29. Mark Rabideau
    12 December, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

    Hi Rick they should all work now although the download approach is non-standard.

  30. Rick Drolet
    13 December, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    The downloaded ZIP files for Vol 1,2 & 7 worked just fine.

    On another note: when using Edit/Highlight Selection – this appears to work only for the currently selected record. When this is combined with Find All, and Highlight with a color (ex Red or Yellow) this seems to color only the current record, while all others are Black/Inverted

    Just a visual issue, but the Black field, while it is inverted, is still difficult to locate. Perhaps a note for any future changes.

    This does not at all detract from the search-ability and overall excellent utility that you have provided!

  31. Mark Rabideau
    14 December, 2015 @ 5:52 am

    You are welcome Rick. The problem was purely with file size. The fileaway download plugin I use seems not to allow downloads over 52MB. As for the highlight issue, I am unable to reporoduce it. Perhaps it is related to your desktop color scheme or local browser settings (two wild guesses…)

  32. Joe Siragusa
    24 January, 2016 @ 6:29 am

    I found the Tanguay text to be very useful (Thank You!) as I am researching my VERONNEAU line. I was hoping there might be more information included regarding the marriage and arrival in Quebec. I found this information from PRDH, but would like to see the source material. Do you know where I might find that?

    Marriage contract #94326
    Lieu indéterminé (au Québec) 1668‐01‐06
    SPOUSE OF 02
    Residence : BOUCHERVILLE
    SPOUSE OF 01
    Residence : TROIS‐RIVIERES

  33. Mark Rabideau
    24 January, 2016 @ 12:47 pm

    You could check Drouin (Quebec Church) records on ancestry.com

  34. Joe Siragusa
    24 January, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

    Thanks Mark. I have Veronneau church records back to 1689, but haven’t been able to find any documentation for the 1668 marriage contract referenced above. Someone else suggested to check Rene Jette’s text, but I have not been able to locate that online. Ultimately, I’m trying to verify when he arrived in Quebec and his town of origin in France.

  35. Mark Rabideau
    25 January, 2016 @ 5:38 am

    Jette’s text is not online. You will need to find it ‘in person’. I have tried finding & buying an affordable copy without any luck. Pretty much every text I have seen runs over $500USD.

  36. Jeannette
    24 June, 2016 @ 8:07 am

    Many thanks. I am researching a great aunt and have hit a brick wall, as have many others. She is the sister of my 6th great grandmother. I have most of her history; cannot find her death date or place of death! Hopefully, I will have success with these files as I have in the past.

  37. Suzanne
    16 August, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

    I am searching for the list of French men that married aboriginal women. I have ancestors Martin and Brodeur, I have seen them in Tanguay. Does the vol 7 list the marriages?

  38. Mark Rabideau
    17 August, 2016 @ 5:39 am

    You might have a look to see. I am pretty sure those family names appear.

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