BMD Cards (Baptisms, Marriages, Burials)

 

The BMD Cards tool is a repository of baptism, marriage and burial cards from Quebec, Ontario and the United States.

This tool contains the Antonin Loiselle, Kardex and Fabien fonds, as well as Ontario BMD cards, BMD cards sorted by cities and families, adoption cards, and death cards sorted by family name, provided by the Quebec Family History Society.

The Loiselle File

The Loiselle File is a collection of marriage cards produced by priest Antonin Loiselle as part of his personal research. In total, this collection contains 1 044 434 marriage cards that pertain to about 100 different parishes.

The tool covers all of Quebec as well as Fall River, MA and Manchester, NH from 1621 to the mid 20th century.

The Loiselle File is navigated similarly to the Drouin Collection Records. The documents are organized in a file tree containing over 16 000 folders. Within these folders, the cards are sorted in alphabetical order of the husband and wife’s first names. A search for Abraham should be conducted within the first few cards of the folder, while a search for Zénophile should be made within the last cards.

The marriage cards contain the following information: the first and last names of the husband and wife as well as last names of the parents or previous spouse. In most cases, a date and location will be given for the marriage. Additional information may also be present, such as the residence of the spouses or the parents.

The Kardex

The Kardex is a directory of marriage cards complementary to the Men and Women series. The cards pertain to Catholic and Protestant marriages as well as notarized documents.

The Kardex covers from 1621 to around 1950 for Quebec, Ontario as well as a small part of the United States.

The Kardex is navigated similarly to the Drouin Collection Records. The documents are organized in a file tree.

The Kardex marriage cards contain the following information: the name and first name of the spouses as well as the name of the parents, or the name of the previous spouse.

In most cases, the date and location of the marriage may also be included. Additional information may be present in the card.

To better understand the structure of the Kardex cards, here is an example:

  1. Bertrand, Joseph Alfred Émile – Husband
  2. (Bertrand), Antoine Wilfrid – Father of the husband
  3. St-Aubin, Rose Anna – Mother of the husband
  4. Michaud, Marie Lise Irène – Wife
  5. (Michaud), Joseph Adolphe – Father of the wife
  6. Bernard, Marie Lise Elisa – Mother of the wife
  7. St-Louis de France de Montréal – Parish in which the marriage was celebrated
  8. 12 juin 1915 – Marriage date

Fonds Fabien

The Fonds Fabien is a repository of 102,000 baptismal, marriage and burial cards from Ontario and the Outaouais region of Quebec. The cards generally contain the name of the subject(s), their parents, the date, as well as the place of recording of the event.

The cards are sorted in a file tree structure by the surname of the subject of the card (the baptized, the deceased, or the bride or groom).

Inside the folders, the cards are sorted alphabetically by the first name of the male subject. For example, an Albert will be found within the first cards and a Zénophile within the last.

Adoptions (Montréal, St-Donat)

The Adoptions (Montreal, St-Donat) folder contains adoption cards from the St-Donat parish located in Montreal. These cards include the name and dates of birth and baptism of the adopted child, the names of the adoptive parents and godparents, the date of adoption, and sometimes additional information on the individuals mentioned such as occupation and residence.

Adoption cards are sorted alphabetically by the first letter of the adoptive father’s last name. Within the folders, the cards are also in alphabetical order. For example, a Gauthier will be among the first few cards in the G folder, and a Gonthier among the last.

  1. OUIMET, M-Gertrude Chantal – Adopted child
  2. (OUIMET), Robert – Adoptive father
  3. Monique Carmel – Adoptive mother
  4. N 20-08-1964 – Date of birth
  5. B 30-08-1964 – Date de baptism
  6. P Marcel Carmel – Godfather
  7. M Gertrude Bilodeau – Godmother
  8. A 03-06-1975 – Adoption date

Confirmations Drouin-Kardex

The Confirmations Drouin-Kardex folder contains cards referring to confirmations made in Quebec in the 17th century. The cards are sorted by the last name of the confirmed person. The folders containing the cards are identified by the surnames they contain. For example, the L’Abbé-Lucas folder will contain all the cards associated with individuals whose last name is contained between L’Abbé and Lucas, alphabetically speaking. It will therefore contain all the Lavoie, Livernois, Lozon, etc.

Décès 1845-1855 – QFHS

The Décès 1845-1855 – QFHS folder contains death cards dated between 1845 and 1855 and relating to individuals of Catholic or Protestant faith who lived in or around the province of Quebec. These cards are from the Quebec Family History Society.

The cards are sorted by the last name of the deceased individual.

Fiches (familles)

The Fiches (familles) folder contains baptism, marriage and burial cards relating to various Quebec families, specifically the Briand, Giguère, Hurtubise, Pellerin, Pepin and Pimparé dit Tourangeau families.

The cards contain various details such as the names, dates and places related to the events listed.

Fiches (villes)

The Fiches (villes) folder contains baptism, marriage and burial cards relating to individuals who lived in the city of Châteauguay or in the counties of Arthabaska and Beauharnois.

The cards are sorted in folders according to the surname of the subject.

Fiches BMS (Ontario)

The Fiches BMS (Ontario) folder contains baptismal, marriage and burial cards from various regions of Ontario.

The cards are sorted according to the surname of the subject.

Finding the original church record used to create a BMD card

Your subscription to Genealogy Quebec gives you access to the Drouin Collection Records, which contain all of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to the 1940s as well as many parish registers from Ontario, Acadia and the Northeast of the United States.

Most of the cards available in the BMD Cards tool refer to original parish documents; it is therefore possible, in many cases, to find the original document from the information contained in a card.

We will use Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage card, found in the Fonds Fabien, to demonstrate the procedure to follow to find an original document in the Drouin Collection.

In the BMD Cards, the name Joseph is often represented by the letter “J.”, as is the case here for Albertine’s father.

Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage card indicates that the marriage was celebrated in St-François d’Assise Parish in Ottawa, which happens to be one of the Ontario parishes available in the Drouin Collection Records.

To browse this register, we must first make our way to the Drouin Collection Records.

Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We begin by opening the Ontario folder, as the marriage we are interested in was recorded in that province. Following that, we must locate the St-François d’Assise parish.

Some parishes are listed under the name of the city they are located in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself. In the case of Ottawa’s parishes, they are listed under the city’s name.

St-François d’Assise is found under the Ottawa folder.

Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with the register for that specific year. It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order within a folder.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded during that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will hold the records from the end of the year.

Since Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage was celebrated on the 3rd of April, it’s likely that the marriage record will be found among the first few images.

And so, we were able to find the original document pertaining to a BMD card using the tools available on GenealogyQuebec.com.

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Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)

This tool offers a detailed index of the 1881 and 1901 censuses from the province of Quebec, as well as the 1881 census from the province of Ontario.

This tool indexes a total of 5 012 907 individuals.

The search engine allows you to search in every field contained in the census. Note that these fields differ by census.

1881 Quebec census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Religion
  • Language

1901 Quebec census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Year
  • Month
  • Day
  • Family relationship

1881 Ontario census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Religion
  • Language

Here is the list of districts available per census:

List of the districts from Quebec 1881 Census

List of the districts from Ontario 1881 Census

List of the districts from Quebec 1901 Census

Please note that the original image of the census isn’t available in this collection.

You may view this collection with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com at this address.

City directories

The City directories tool contains a digitized version of the phone directories of the cities of Montreal (Lovell) and Quebec (Marcotte). The directories have been digitized and indexed by year and category.

Within the directories, you will find the following categories:

    • Introduction – Contains the cover page, a preface, as well as a table of contents
    • Index to Streets, Avenues, Lanes – An index of the streets, avenues and lanes of the city
    • Index to Miscellaneous – An index of miscellaneous institutions(shops, religious and governmental buildings, schools, etc.)  by name
    • Index to Page Advertisers – An index of the advertisers who paid for a full page advertisement
    • List of Line Advertisers – An index of advertisers who paid for a small advertisement
    • Advertisers Business Classified Directory – Advertisers indexed by type of of services offered
    • Street Directory – An index of addresses, organized by streets
    • Alphabetical Directory – An index of residents, organized by last name
    • Places in the neighborhood of Montreal outside city limits – A shorter, less detailed version of the phone directory for neighborhoods of Montreal that weren’t inside city limits at the time
    • Miscellaneous directory – An index of traders and professionals organized by the types of services they offer

The Lovell covers the metropolitan region of Montreal from 1843 to 2000. The Marcotte covers the city of Quebec and the surrounding areas from 1822 to 1904, but note that a few years are missing.

As of right now, the Lovell’s coverage ends in 1912. We plan on extending that period up to 2000 before the end of 2018.

You can browse the City directories tool with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com at this address.

 

 

Drouin Institute’s Family Genealogies

This section contains 660 family genealogies produced by the Drouin genealogical Institute over the course of the 20th century. These 660 genealogies total for over 230 000 pages. 203 genealogies are indexed by couple.

This section is separated in 2 categories.

Marriage search in the Family Genealogies

The marriages included in the Family Genealogies have been indexed and can be searched by the name of the spouses, the date of the marriage, or the name of the family for which the genealogy was produced.

Family Genealogies

The entire content of the Family Genealogies is presented in a file tree. The different sections are organized via separated folders.

You can browse the Drouin Institute’s Family Genealogies with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

The Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections, one of 15 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, contain a mix of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical significance.

This section is presented in a file tree structure. The names of the folders housing the documents are used to identify and describe their contents.

Fonds d’archive (Archival fonds)

This folder contains archival fonds obtained from various sources and authors. In many cases, these are the personal archives of genealogists and history enthusiasts, digitized by the Drouin Institute.

 

The Fonds include photos, genealogies and family records, parish archives, books, postcards, notarial contracts, letters, biographies, parish records and much more.

Archives municipales (Municipal archives)

This folder contains the archives of multiple cities, towns and municipalities of Quebec.

 

Here is the list of locations available:

Acton Vale, Ville d’ Acton, Canton d’
Arthabaska, comté de Berthier, comté de
Brandon, comté de Brome, Canton de
Châteauguay – La Prairie_1941 Cowansville, Ville de
Delson Foster, Village de
Granby, Canton de Granby, Ville de
Henryville (Notre-Dame-des-Anges) Joliette, comté de
La Prairie Lac Brome (Knowlton), Ville
Lawrenceville, Village de Maricourt, Village de
Milton, canton (township) de Napierville (Village)
Roxton Falls, Village de Roxton, Canton de
Shefford, Canton de Shefford, Comté de
South Stukely, Canton de St-Alphonse, Village de
Stanbridge East, Village de St-Césaire, Village de
St-Constant St-Cyprien-de-Napierville
Ste-Catherine-d’Alexandrie Ste-Cécile de Milton, Village
St-Édouard (Village) Ste-Pudentienne, Paroisse
St-Georges de Clarenceville (paroisse) St-Isidore
St-Jacques-Le-Mineur St-Louis-de-Blandford
St-Mathieu St-Michel-Archange
St-Patrice-de-Sherrington St-Paul d’Abbotsford, Village
St-Paul-de-Chester St-Philippe
St-Rémi (Paroisse) St-Rémi (Village)
St-Thomas (paroisse) Stukely Nord (Bonsecours), Village
Stukely Sud, Village de St-Valérien de Milton, Canton
St-Valérien de Milton, Village Sutton, Canton de
Sutton, Ville de Sweetsburg, Village de
Valcourt, Ville de Victoriaville
Warden, Village de Waterloo, Ville de
West Bolton, Village de

The municipal archives also contain a list of various directories and indexes, always in connection with Quebec municipalities.

 

Lignes de vie (Life lines)

This folder contains the life lines of several individuals who lived in Quebec. A life line lists the information available on an individual’s life, generally via baptismal, marriage and burial records. They also contain the list of the individual’s children and their spouses.

The life lines are sorted under the family name of the individual to whom the line relates.

Autres documents (Other documents)

This folder contains various archives and documents of historical and genealogical significance, such as yearbooks, stamps, parish records, photo albums, various archives, genealogies, books, biographies, postcards, contracts, cadastres, magazines, calendars, newspapers, lineages , directories, and much more.

Dictionnaire Jetté

This folder contains a digitized version of the Dictionnaire Jetté, a genealogical dictionary published in 1983. It covers the population of French origin established in Quebec since the 1600s up until 1730.

The dictionary pages are indexed by the names mentioned on each page, making it easy to use.

PRDH

This folder contains the original 47 PRDH volumes, which list all of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials from 1621 up until 1765, which amounts to 300,000 records in total.

A much more complete, detailed and revised version of the PRDH is now available online on PRDH-IGD.com.

Journaux anciens (Old newspapers)

This file contains old digitized newspapers from various regions of Quebec dating from the last 200 years.

 

It contains the following publications:

Commercial Gazette (Montréal) Daily Witness (Montréal)
La Chronique de la Vallée du St-Maurice La Minerve
La Semaine (Québec) La Tribune canadienne (Montréal)
La Vie illustrée (Montréal) La Voix du peuple (St-Jean)
L’Action canadienne L’Alliance (St-Jean)
L’Avant-Garde L’Avenir de Quebec
Le Canada-Français Le Carillon (Québec)
Le Castor (Québec) Le Charivari (Québec)
Le Courrier (St-Jean) Le National (Montréal)
Le Progrès du Golfe Le Protectionniste (St-Jean)
Le Semeur canadien (Montréal) Le Trésor des familles (Québec)
L’Écho d’Iberville L’Essor (St-Jean)
L’Obligation (Montréal) L’Opinion publique (Montréal)
L’Union de Woonsocket L’Union des Cantons de l’Est (Arthabaskaville)
Midi-Presse (Montreal) Paris-Canada (Montréal)
The Advertiser The Canadian Jewish Review
The Dominion Illustrated News (Montréal) The Inquirer (Trois-Rivières)
The Quebec Gazette

 

Lignées généalogiques (Genealogical charts)

This folder contains 2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website.

These lineages are organized under folders by the surname of the subject.

Statuts de la province de Québec (Statutes of the Province of Quebec)

This folder contains a variety of legal documents pertaining to adoptions, name changes and inheritances. The documents are available in both French and English.

 

The documents are sorted under folders by the subject’s surname.

Contrats notariés de l’Ontario (Notarised documents from Ontario):

This folder contains 2673 images of notarised documents from the Cornwall region of Ontario, dated from between 1860 and 1990.

 

The contracts are sorted under the subject’s surname.

Trois-Rivières (Juridiction)

This folder contains 3909 images of judicial documents (juridiction royale et seigneuriale) from the city of Trois-Rivières dating from the New France era, more precisely between 1655 and 1764.

Cadastres abrégés (Abbreviated land records)

This folder contains an abridged version of the cadastres (registers establishing the state of land ownership of a territory) of the Montreal region dating from 1863.

 

The cadastres are sorted by seigneurie.

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Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections

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Drouin Institute’s Great collections

The Drouin Institute’s Great Collections tool contains a digitized version of all of the Great Collections published and edited by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence.

  • Masculine (Men series): Alphabetical directory of all French-Canadian marriages from Quebec between 1760 and 1935, sorted by the groom’s surname.
  • Féminine (Woman series): Alphabetical directory of all French-Canadian marriages from Quebec between 1760 and 1935, sorted by the bride’s surname.
  • Histor: Directory of marriages files, including the origin of the subjects as well as a marriage contract. This collection covers all of the Catholic and Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1730 and 1825, as well as marriages celebrated in Western French forts such as Détroit. Also contains Acadian marriages.
  • Fiches Acadiennes (Acadian cards): This series contains 50 000 birth, marriage and death files of Acadian individuals.
  • Dossiers généalogiques Drouin: Contains the data collected before 1960 by Joseph and Gabriel Drouin in order to create their family genealogies.
  • Affinités généalogiques Drouin: Complement to the Dossiers généalogiques Drouin, contains various genealogical and historical documents.
  • Petit Drouin: Directory of Quebec Catholic marriages from 1760 to 1825.
  • Kardex Noir: The Kardex Noir was the predecessor to La Masculine (Men Series). Its content is similar.
  • Prévôté de Québec: Contains transcriptions of Prévôté de Québec hearings.
  • DNCF: Contains all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1608 to 1760.
  • Patrimoine familial: This series presents the life and genealogy of some famous or significant Quebec historical figures.

  • Patrimoine national: Contains baptism, marriage and burial directories as well as some Quebec cemeteries, produced by various authors.
  • Fiches franco-américaines (Franco-american files): These files contain an index of people which have been covered in the Guide Officiel Franco-Américain. The Guide Officiel Franco-Américain (GOFA) was a guide published annually in the United States pertaining to French-Americans. It contained short biographies of individuals with French roots living in the United States.

There are two research tabs in this tool.

Search by family in the Great Collections

The search by family in the Great Collections allows you to search for a surname in one or many of the following collections:

  • La Masculine (Men Series)
  • La Féminine (Women Series)
  • Le Fichier Histor
  • Dossiers généalogiques Drouin
  • Fiches Acadiennes (Acadian cards)
  • Petit Drouin

After searching for a surname, you will obtain a list of results that includes every page where this family name is mentioned in the collections cited above. The results are in the same order in which they appeared when the Great Collections were initially published as books, which means that an individual whose first name begins with A is more susceptible to be on the first few pages than an individual named Zenophile.

Great Collections

In this tab, the collections are organized within a file tree structure.

The collections can be browsed by opening and navigating through the folders.

Some of the documents contained in these collections, namely the Men and Women series, aren’t particularly intuitive for a novice user.

Here is a schema explaining how to interpret the documents from these two collections:

Excerpt from the Men Series

Buying a physical copy of the Drouin Great Collections

Physical book versions of the Great Collections can be purchased on the Drouin Institute website at this address.

These collections are mainly intended for genealogical societies and libraries.

Please note that we are now offering significant discounts on the Great Collections. To inquire about the discounts, please write to us at contact@institutdrouin.com.

Finding the original church records referenced in the Men and Women series

Your subscription to Genealogy Quebec gives you access to the Drouin Collection Records, which contain all of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to the 1940s as well as many parish registers from Ontario, Acadia and the Northeast of the United States.

Every marriage referenced in the Men and Women series refers to an original parish document; it is therefore possible, in most cases, to find the original document from the information contained in the Men and Women Series.

To illustrate the process of finding an original document, we will use Ferdinand Gallichant and Marie-Anne Brochu’s marriage.

  1. galichaut – Groom’s last name
  2. joseph-ferdinand – Groom’s first name
  3. brochu – Bride’s last name
  4. m.-anne – Bride’s first name
  5. n.-d.-québec – Parish where the marriage was recorded
  6. 3 avril 1929 – Date of marriage

The Men Series entry for this marriage indicates that it was celebrated on the 3rd of April 1929 in the Notre-Dame de Québec parish.

To browse this register, we must first make our way to the Drouin Collection Records.

Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We begin by opening the Quebec folder, as the marriage we are interested in was recorded in that province.

It is under the Fonds Drouin folder that you will find all of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to 1940, sorted by alphabetical order.

We must now find the Notre-Dame-de-Québec register folder.

Some parishes are listed under the name of the city they are in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself. All of Quebec City’s parishes can be found under the “QC” folder, listed according to their religious denomination.

As Notre-Dame-de-Québec is a Catholic parish, it will be found under the “catholique” folder.

Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with the register for that specific year. It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order within a folder.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded during that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will hold the records from the end of the year.

As Ferdinand Gallichant and Marie-Anne Brochu’s marriage was celebrated in April, the 4th month of the year, our consultation of the register should begin within the first third of the list of images.

And so, we were able to find the original document pertaining to a Men Series entry using the tools available on GenealogyQuebec.com.

Useful links

Drouin Great Collections

Drouin Collection Records

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Buying physical copies of the Drouin Great Collections (write to us at contact@institutdrouin.com)

Acadia – Families

The Acadia – Families tool contains family files based on original Acadian records. It is one of the 15 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

In total, this tool contains 130 342 family files. Currently, these cover a period that spans from the beginning of the Acadian colony to the end of 1849. In addition, 30 locations covering from 1850 to the end of the available registers are included. A list of these locations is available at the end of this article.

The files usually contain the names and first names of the parents, the first name of the child, the dates of birth and/or baptism, of death and/or burial, and of marriage (a total of 239 517 dates). The files also usually contain a links to the original documents of the baptisms, marriages and burials mentioned.

Family file from the Acadia – Families tool. Click on the blue links to view the original documents.
Original document from Acadia – Families

The files are constantly changing as locations are being added to the collection. Thus, we recommend that you revisit the family files pertaining to your ancestors whenever the tool is updated.

The tool is equipped with a search engine that allows searching by first and last names, dates and parish.

Acadia – Families search engine

n. – birth

b. – baptism

d. – death

inh. – burial

m. – marriage

PrNH. – First nations male

PrNF – First nations female

Locations

Acadie et Gaspésie (complete) Acadieville (complete to 4 feb 1900)
Arichat (31 dec 1849) Baie Ste-Marie Cap-Sable (complete)
Baie-Ste-Marie (complete) Barachois (31 dec 1849)
Bartibogue (complete to 23 april 1900) Balmoral (complete to 31 dec 1899)
Barnaby-River (complete to 22 jul 1900) Bathurst-Est (complet2 au 14 jan 1900)
Bathurst-Ouest (complet to 23 jan 1900) Beaubassin (complete)
Belledune (complete to 22 jan 1900) Bouctouche (31 dec 1849)
Blackville (31 dec 1849) Caraquet (complete to 14 jan 1900)
Central Kingsclear (31 dec 1849) Chatham (complete to 28 jan 1900)
Charlo (complete to  20 feb 1900) Cocagne (31 dec 1849)
Dalhousie (complete to 31 dec 1918) Ecouipahag (complete)
Eel-Ground (complete to 19 jun 1912) Escuminac (complete to 18 feb 1906)
Fort St-Jean (compleet) Frédéricton (31 dec 1849)
Gloucester (31 dec 1849) Grande-Digue (31 dec 1849)
Ile-Royale (complete) Ile-St-Jean (complete)
Lamèque (complete to 31 dec 1900) Loch-Lomond (31 dec 1849)
Lower-Caraquet (complete to 31 dec 1899) Louisbourg (complete)
Memramcook (31 dec 1849) Milltown (31 dec 1849)
Nash Creek (complete to 31 dec 1890) Néguac (31 dec 1849)
Nelson (complete to 25 feb 1900) Newcastle (complete to 31 dec 1899)
Paquetville (complete to 31 dec 1899) Petit-Rocher (complete to 9 jan 1900)
Pokemouche-en-Bas (complete to 31 dec 1899 ) Pokemouche-en-Haut (complete to 1 janv 1900)
Port-Royal (complete) Red-Bank (31 dec 1849)
Remous-Bridge (complete au 3 sept 1893) Richibouctou (31 dec 1849) (Next reading site)
Rivière-Jacquet (complete to 22 jan 1900) Robertville (complete au 31 dec 1899)
Rogersville (complete to 17 aug 1898) Shemogue (31 dec 1849)
Shippagan (complete to 21 jan 1900) St-Andrew (31 dec 1849)
St-Anselme (31 dec 1849) St-Basile (31 dec 1849)
St-Charles-Borromée (complete to 31 dec 1899 + 4 wedding in 1900) St-Charles-les-Mines (complete)
St-Isidore (complete to 17 jan 1900) St-Jean (31 dec 1849)
St-Louis-des-Français (complete to 25 feb 1900) Ste-Anne de Restigouche (complete)
Tracadie (complete to 7 jan 1900) US PA Fort Duquesne (complete)
Woodstock (31 dec 1849)

Useful links

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Postcards

This tool contains around 256 000 postcards from Jean-Pierre Pepin’s personal collection. Most of these postcards were sent for TV contests in the 1980s and 1990s.

The tool extends throughout the 20th century, but most of the postcards are dated between 1980 and 2002.

Postcard sourced from the tool of the same name

Postcards are indexed by the name of the sender and the recipient of the card. A search engine allows you to search by first and/or last name.

You can browse the Postcards tool with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Notarized documents

This tool contains about 83 000 notarized documents indexed by the type of document, the names given in the document, the name of the notary as well as the date and location. The original documents have also been digitized and can be viewed within the tool.

Notarized document sourced from the collection of the same name

The collection’s coverage extends to the whole province of Quebec for the 19th and 20th century period.

The search engine integrated within the tool provides multiple fields to help narrow down your search.

Field name : Research type : Explanation :
Type of document Contains Type of document (eg. Sale)
Notaries Contains Name of the notary (eg. Poirier)
Mentioned names Contains Mentioned names in the document (eg. Sébastien)
Mentioned places Contains Mentioned places in the document (eg. St-Lin)
Dates Contains Mentioned years in the document (eg. 1936)

To begin your research, fill the search fields and click on the “Search” button. The results  will appear on the right side of the page. If the search produces too many results, fill more fields. If it produces no results, make it less precise.

To get to the original document, click on the name of the document you want to view.

You can browse the Notarized documents collection with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

The Connolly File

The Connolly File is one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.
It is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec and part of the United States covering a period extending from 1621 to 2018.
In total, the tool contains 6,700,000 baptism, marriage and burial files.

Using the Connolly File

The Connolly File is equipped with a search engine specific to each type of record it contains, namely baptisms, marriages and burials. The search fields differ depending on the type of record searched, but the basic name, surname, date and location fields are always present.

Connolly File baptism search engine

To begin your search, fill one or multiple search fields and press on “Search”, which will prompt a list of results.

 

Result list produced by a search for “Pierre Loiselle”

The records are presented as files which contain all of the relevant information extracted from the original record.

Automatic search buttons

Every record in the Connolly File is equipped with one or several automatic search buttons. These buttons allow you to automatically trigger searches for various records related to the one you are viewing. In the baptism section, the automatic search button allows you to search for the parents’ marriage record.


In the marriage section, there are 6 different buttons per file. These buttons will trigger automatic searches for the parents, the baptism records or the burial records of the subjects.


Finally, the burial section will let you automatically search for the subject’s own marriage, or that of their parents.


Careful! If an automatic search does not yield any results, do not assume that the desired record does not exist in the Connolly File. For example, it is very possible that an individual’s name may be slightly different from one record to the next, or that the Priest committed a mistake when recording the original event. It is strongly recommended to do a manual search if the automatic search produces no results, and to try multiple combinations of first and last names if the initial searches are unsuccessful.

Tips and best practices

The Connolly File allows searching for many variables, which makes it tempting to fill as many fields as possible when using the tool. However, we recommend that you keep your initial search as vague as possible, and clarify it as needed by adding one piece of information at a time. When the name or surname searched is rare or unusual, it is rarely necessary to add more information to the search.

The more precise a search is, the more likely it is to omit the record you are looking for, as every single field must match.
For example, an initial search could start with the surname and first name of the subject. If the number of results is too high, a variable such as the year of the event or the surname of another individual mentioned in the record can be added. Often, the simple fact of adding a third variable is enough to narrow the search down sufficiently.

As with many of Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you may use the “%” character as a joker to search for a partial name. For example, a search for “Lar%” will include any name beginning in “Lar”, such as Larrivière, Larramée, Larue, etc. This allows you to keep your search more generic and is particularly useful for surnames that tend to have many different spellings.

Finding the original record using the information provided by the Connolly File

You may have noticed that the Connolly File does not provide a link to the original document from which its files have been created. However, as a Genealogy Quebec subscriber, you have access to the entirety of Quebec’s Parish Registry up until 1940 through the Drouin Collection Records.
You can find most of the original documents associated with the Connolly File records via the date and parish name given in each record.

As an example, here is the baptism file of Jean-Louis Girard.


It tells us that Jean-Louis was born in Bagotville on October 10, 1923, and was baptized in the St-Alphonse-de-Liguori parish. To find the original record, we must browse this parish’s register for the year 1923, which we will find in the Drouin Collection Records.


Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We will begin by opening the Quebec folder, as the baptism we are interested in was recorded in the province.
Once inside the Quebec folder, we have to find the right parish folder. Some parishes are listed under the name of the city they are located in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself. In the case of St-Alphonse-de-Liguori parish, it is listed under Bagotville.


Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with that register for that specific year. It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.
This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.
Since Jean-Louis’s baptism was celebrated in October, it’s likely that his baptism will be found among the last few images. You may have to sift through a few pages before finding the right one, but by starting towards the end, you will save yourself some time.


And with that, we were able to find the original document using the information given to us in the Connolly File record.

Useful links

The Connolly File (subscription required)
The Drouin Collection Records (subscription required)
Subscribing to Genealogy Quebec
What is Genealogy Quebec?
List of the parishes available in the Connolly File (baptism, marriage, burial)