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Société de généalogie des Cantons-de-l'Est

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Date Founded: 
1968 (Inc. 1976)

genealogielogo.jpgA membership- and volunteer-based organization whose motto is "Working Together to Discover Our Ancestral Roots," the Société de généalogie's primary goal is to increase genealogical knowledge and to enable its members to add to their family history. The Society sees itself as a kind of "virtual museum" of family history for the region. Revenues from memberships and publication sales go towards publishing the Society's periodical, L'Entraide généalogique, and other monographs, and for building the reference collection. Members volunteer their time producing publications and offering assistance to researchers.

Physical Description: 

Located in the historic former Post Office building (1885), in downtown Sherbrooke.
Library / Archives.


An outstanding collection of genealogical reference material (6,000 volumes; 6,000 microfilm reels) includes: printed and manuscript genealogies; parish and local histories; directories of marriages, baptisms, and burials (Quebec, Canada, USA); Canadian and American genealogical and historical periodicals; publications from the National Archives of Canada and the Archives nationales du Québec; census records; notarial archives; family histories; and a database of 2,000,000 baptisms, marriages, and burials.

Special Activities: 

Monthly evening meetings at the Éva-Sénécal Library (420 Marquette, Sherbrooke), with members, non-members and invited guests discussing their research (please inquire for dates and conference topics). A social evening is held in December. Genealogical workshops are held at the Society Library (inquire for dates and fees). Miscellaneous publications. Reference service provided by volunteers. Participation at the Fête du patrimoine de Sherbrooke.

Free subscription to via the Internet;
Unlimited access to the data of Connolly via the Internet;
Subscription to our quarterly journal, which is filled with helpful information;
Full access to our library and our databases;
Access to the database of the Federation (FQSG), including the files of Nécro;
10% rebate on the purchase of books, cd's and dvd's purchased through us;
The satisfaction of supporting one of Quebec's most dynamic genealogical societies.


Numerous books are available for sale (please inquire for list of titles and prices). Or click here: The Society's periodical, L'Entraide généalogique, is published 4 times a year, and is free to members.

Business Hours: 

Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Other times during the year:
Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday night: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed June 24 to July 14; Christmas; New Year's Day; and other holidays.


Membership: $50.00. Spouse or student: $25.00. Non-members may use the library for $5.00 per day.



275 Dufferin, Sherbrooke QC, J1H 4M5.

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(819) 821-5414