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Welcome to Genealogy Quebec!
On the site, you will find over 47 million images and files that will allow you to retrace the history of your family in Quebec and the surrounding area. These documents are divided into several tools. In order to get the most out of the website, it is important to know which tool to refer to depending on the nature of your research.
Your first search on Genealogy Quebec
Whether you are looking for a particular individual or want to trace an entire line, your first search on the site will probably be on the LAFRANCE.
The LAFRANCE contains millions of births, marriages and deaths from Quebec, Ontario and Acadia from 1621 to the present day. It is with these records, and especially marriages, that you will be able to trace your ancestry.
Tracing a lineage on Genealogy Quebec
You will begin by finding a marriage belonging to the lineage on the LAFRANCE. If you are looking for your own lineage, your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents’ marriage is a good place to start.
In a marriage record, you will generally find the names of the parents of the spouses. By searching for the parents’ names in the LAFRANCE, you should be able to find their marriage and, as such, go back one generation in the line. Thus, you can trace an entire lineage through the chain of marriages of the individuals forming it.
The names of the groom’s parents are listed in the marriage on the left. Searching for them in the LAFRANCE allows us to find their marriage. By repeating the process, we can go back to the first immigrant of a lineage in Quebec.
You will find a guide detailing this process at this address.
Tip: Can’t find the marriage you are looking for? Try limiting your search queries to the last names of the spouses, or try different variations of the search such as the first name of the husband and the last name of the wife, or the last name of the husband and the first name of the wife. By doing so, you limit the risk of the record being excluded from the results of your search, which can occur when one of the search queries does not match the information contained in the document.
Advanced search and other types of documents
In addition to its collections of births, marriages and deaths, Genealogy Quebec offers a multitude of tools containing documents of all sorts.
For example, all obituaries, tombstones and memorial cards on the site can be found in the Obituary collection.
You can find a detailed list of the tools and their content on the Tools page.
Tip: We recommend that you keep your searches vague, and refine them if necessary by adding one piece of information at a time. When the first or last name you are looking for is unusual, it is seldom necessary to add more information to a search.
The more detailed a search, the more likely it is to omit the result you are looking for, as all the search queries must match the document. For example, your first search could start with the last names of the spouses. If the number of results is too high, you may add an additional variable such as a first name or a year.
Additional documentation and tutorials
Tool specific guides
Using the LAFRANCE
Using the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997
Using the Obituary section
Using the Drouin Institute’s Great Collections
Using the Petit NBMDS tool
Using the Connolly File
Using the Drouin Family Genealogies
Using the Census tool
Using the Notarized documents tool
Using the Post cards tool
Using the Acadia – Families tool
Using the Drouin Collection Records
Using the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections
Using the BMD cards
Using the City Directories
For questions regarding the use of the site, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For research questions, you can also call on our community on the Genealogy Quebec Forum*.
* Please note that you will need to create an account directly on the forum in order to participate.
Best of luck in your research and enjoy the website!