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 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 contain a mix of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical significance.

  • Fonds d’archive (Archival fonds): Contains various archival fonds obtained from different sources and authors.
  • Archives municipales (Municipal archives): Contains the municipal archives of multiple Quebec cities. Can be browsed by city or by type of document.
  • Dictionnaire Jetté: The Jetté dictionary is a genealogical dictionary published in 1983. It covers the Quebec population of French origin.
  • PRDH: The original 47 PRDH volumes, which contain all Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec for the 1621-1765 period. 300 000 records in total.
  • Autres documents (Other documents): Contains various archives and documents of historical and genealogical interest.
  • Lignes de vie (Lifelines): Contains lifelines organized by family name.
  • Journaux anciens (Old newspapers): Contains digitized old newspapers.
  • Lignées généalogiques (Genealogical charts): 2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website
  • Statuts de la province de Québec: A variety of legal documents pertaining to adoptions, name changes and inheritances. The documents are sorted by the subject’s family name.

This section is organized in a file tree. The names of the folders are used to identify and describe their content.

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

Drouin Institute’s Great collections

This tool contains 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, with a short biography of a few ancestors.
  • 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 2 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.

Here is a schema explaining the structure of La Masculine (men series) et La Féminine (woman series):

Excerpt from the Men Series

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


Acadia – Families

This tool contains family files based on original Acadian records. The files usually contain the names of the parents, the name of the child, the parish and the dates of baptism and/or burial. In most cases, a link to the original baptism and/or burial record is available.

In total, this tool contains around 70 000 family files covering from 1621 to 1849.

This tool is equipped with a search engine that lets you search by first name, surname, date and parish.

The foundation of the files in this tool is often the baptism record. Most files will include the name of the parents, the name of the baptized child (the subject of the file), the parish, the date of birth and baptism as well as a link to the original record.

In some cases, you will notice the mention “Atelier: m” followed by a link to an image and the name of an individual. In this tool, the word “atelier” refers to a note that has been added to the file. The letter “m” that follows the word “atelier” is short for Marriage. The image link is that of the original marriage record, and the name belongs to the spouse of the subject. Thus, the marriage belongs to the baptized child which is the subject of the file.

Sometimes, the burial of the subject will similarly be included in the file. In some cases, the file only mentions a marriage; no child is named.

We recommend that you begin your search with a surname and a date. If you obtain too many results this way, you may narrow down the search by adding a year or a second surname or first name.

You can browse the Acadia – Families tool with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.


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 Loiselle File

The Loiselle File is a collection of marriage files produced by priest Antonin Loiselle as part of his personal research. In total, this collection contains 1 044 434 marriage files 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 files are sorted by alphabetical order of the husband and wife’s first name. A search for Abraham will be conducted within the first few files, while a search for Zenophile should be done towards the end of the folder.

The marriage files contain the following information: first and last name of the husband and wife, last name of the parents or of the 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 the spouses or the parents.

You can browse the Loiselle File with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

The Kardex

The Kardex is a directory of marriage files complementary to the Men and Women series. The files pertain to Catholic and Protestant marriages as well as to 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 files contain the following information: the name and first name of the spouses, 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 also be present in the file.

To better understand the structure of the Kardex files, 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

You can use the Kardex with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

The Connolly file

The Connolly File is a collection of catholic and protestant baptism, marriage and burial files produced from the original documents.

These files contain the names and roles of the individuals mentioned in the record, as well as the date and parish in which the event was celebrated.

This tool contains close to 6 500 000 files pertaining to Quebec and extending from 1621 to 2015.

The Connolly File contains 3 databases: Baptisms, marriages and burials.

The Connolly File is equipped with a multiple field search engine. As with most of our tools, we recommend that you limit your initial search to only a few parameters; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to sift through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

On the files, you will find buttons that allow for an automatic search for the baptism, marriage or burial of the individuals mentioned in the file. Please note that these buttons are only research shortcuts, not linked data. It is always recommended to do manual searches with the various spellings of the researched name(s) if the automatic search hasn’t produced any results.

You can browse the Connolly File with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.