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” and “Kardex” collections, as well as Ontario BMD cards, BMD cards sorted by cities or families, and death cards organized by family name, provided by the Quebec Family History Society.

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.

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.

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 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.
  • Contrats notariés de l’Ontario (Notarized documents from Ontario): 2673 images of notarized documents from the Cornwall region in Ontario, dated from between 1860 and 1990.
  • Trois-Rivières (Juridiction):  3909 images of judicial documents (juridiction royale et seigneuriale) from the city of Trois-Rivières from the New-France era, 1655 – 1764.

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.
  • 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 96 000 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, additional information is added to the file, such as the child’s marriage. The letter “m” is short for Marriage. The image link that often follows is that of the original marriage record, and the name after that belongs to the spouse of the subject.

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.

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 6,500,000 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)