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In genealogy, the marriage record is the key to tracing one’s ancestors. We are fortunate in Quebec to have access to the majority of marriages recorded in the province from the beginnings of the colony until today, thanks to the archives kept by the church and the government. In this article, you will find a list of the best free and paid sources of Quebec marriages available on the internet.
The LAFRANCE on Genealogy Quebec (Quebec Marriages 1621 to today)
The LAFRANCE is a database equipped with a search engine containing birth, death and marriage records from Quebec as well as from Ontario and Acadia. In addition to millions of baptisms and burials, it contains the following records:
- ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918
- ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849
- 1,450,000 Quebec Catholic marriages from 1919 to today
- 80,000 Quebec civil marriages from 1969 to today
- 140,000 Ontario marriages from 1850 to today
- 38,000 marriages from the United States
- 3,000 Quebec Protestant marriages from 1850 to 1941
- 17,000 miscellaneous Quebec marriages from 2018 and 2019
Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 on Genealogy Quebec
The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool contains most of the marriages and deaths recorded in Quebec by the government during that period.
The tool is equipped with a search engin and the original document can be viewed in many cases.
Quebec Civil Registration (Quebec marriages from 1621 to the 1940s)
The civil registration of Quebec is a collection comprising almost all the parish registers recorded in Quebec between 1621 and the 1940s. This collection includes a digitized version of every register, but the individual records they contain are not indexed; you will have to go through the register manually, year by year, to find the record you are looking for.
Quebec Parish Registres (Quebec marriages from 1621 to 1979)
A second copy of Quebec’s civil registration exists. This one was kept within the churches themselves. This collection is available with a partial index up to 1979 for Catholic parishes, and 1967 for Protestant parishes.
PRDH-IGD (Quebec marriages from 1621 to 1849)
The PRDH-IGD is a directory of ALL vital events recorded by the Catholic church in Quebec from 1621 to 1849, which represents over 2.5 million records.
Every individual mentioned in one of these records gets their own “individual file” in which the information available on the individual is centralized. Links to all records where the individual is mentioned are also included in the file.
In addition, every married couple from the database is assigned a “family file” which fulfills a similar role as the individual file, but in relation to an entire family. It lists all the couple’s children with redirections to their individual files and their vital records. The family file also contains additional information pertaining to the married couple.
To put it more simply, the PRDH-IGD database is a exhaustive family tree of the entire French Canadian population from the early days of the colony to 1849.
NosOrigines is a free website with hundreds of thousands of files pertaining to Quebec families. These files usually refer to vital events from Quebec’s parish registers. A link to the original document available on Family Search is sometimes included.
BMS2000 is a research website containing over 16 million Quebec marriages, baptisms and burials. A search engine allows for easy browsing of the database. A link to the original document available on Family Search is sometimes included.
The Fichier Origine contains individual files based on civil and notarial records relating to the first immigrants of families who settled on Quebec soil from the beginnings of the colony until 1865. These individual files contain information about the marriage of these pioneers, whether it took place in Quebec or in the country of origin.