The Petit NBMDS

The Petit NBMDS contains baptism, marriage and burial files. These files are produced from the original parish records. While the original records aren’t directly linked to the files, you may find the original records in the Drouin Collection Records by using the information given in the file; namely, the parish and the date.

The tool extends from 1727 to 2011 and covers the Laurentians, the Outaouais and Bas-St-Laurent regions as well as the city of St-Hubert.

The Petit NBMDS 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 Petit NBMDS 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 Petit NBMDS with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool contains most of the marriages and deaths recorded in Quebec between 1926 and 1997, all religious denominations included.

The records are indexed through files that present the relevant information extracted from the original document. In the case of the marriages, it is also possible to view the original document.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s marriage sources from the Marriage and Deaths 1926-1997 tool

This tool is equipped with a detailed search engine. With that said, the search engine does not come with a search dictionary; it is necessary to search for the multiple variations of a given name manually.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to 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.

As with many of our other tools, you may use the “%” character in order to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all of the records where an individual bearing a name that starts with “Rog” is mentioned. This allows you to widen your search even further, if necessary.

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The Obituary section

The Obituary section is divided in 4 subsections that contain different types of documents.

 

Internet Obituaries

This section, covering all of Canada from 1999 to today, does not require a subscription to the website to be viewed. In addition to being updated weekly, it currently contains over 2 million obituaries.

This section is equipped with a search engine as well as navigation categories. The search engine allows for a first name, last name and date search as well as a search for words contained in the notice.

The obituaries are sorted by province, city and publication to provide a more fluid navigation experience.

 

Newspaper obituaries

This section contains 620 000 obituaries published in Quebec newspapers from 1945 to 2015.  

It is organized through a file tree that sorts the notices by letter and then by name. The images in the folders are named and sorted following this format: Name_Firstname_Year_Month_Day.jpg

 

 

Death cards

This section, containing 54 000 death cards published between 1860 and today, is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by name, first name and date of death.

Death card sourced from the tool of the same name

You may use the “%” character to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all the death cards in which the subject wears a name starting with “Rog”. This allows for more generic searches and is particularly useful for names which tend to be spelled in a lot of different ways.

 

Tombstones

This section contains 611 000 pictures of tombstones, indexed by name and text on the stone. 

Tombstone sourced from the tool of the same name

It is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by family name or by the text engraved on the stone. You may search through a specific cemetery or in all of them at the same time.

Like with the death cards, the “%” character may be used to search for part of a name.

The Obituaries section can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is the most comprehensive research tool available on Genealogy Quebec. This database contains all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages up to 1917, as well as all of Quebec’s Catholic baptism and burial records up to 1849.

In addition to these Catholic records, all of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849, as well as 68 401 Catholic baptisms and burials from after the year 1862 are included in the database. A link to the original parish document is included with every record.

On the LAFRANCE, you will find these parish registers under two formats:

Original documents – a digitized image of the original parish register, as it was originally drafted.

St-Philippe parish register, sourced from the Drouin Collection

Record certificate – Every record in the database is indexed under what we refer to as a certificate. The certificate contains all the relevant information extracted from the record such as the names, dates, roles, occupations, relationships, marital status, etc.

Record certificate sourced from the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is equipped with an intuitive search engine which allows you to search by surname, first name, time period, parish, role, gender and type of event. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that our users begin their searches by casting a wide net, only searching for a surname and first name. If this search produces too many resultats, a time period may be added to narrow it down. Making your initial search too narrow by filling too many fields isn’t recommended.

Note that you may use the “%” character in order to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all of the records where an individual bearing a name that starts with “Rog” is mentioned. This allows you to widen your search even further, if necessary.

LAFRANCE search form

The search engine is equipped with a name dictionary, which associates a name with all of its variations. For example, a query for an individual with the surname Gauthier will prompt the search engine to look through the database for any mention of the name Gauthier as well as any of its variations, such as Gautier, Gaulthier, Gotier, etc. Thus, it isn’t necessary to manually search for multiple variations of a name.

In addition, the Likeness function makes it possible to search for a name as well as any other name that resembles it. The Likeness function differs from the name dictionary because it not only includes all of the variations of a name, but also all of the names that are similar to it in terms of pronunciation or spelling. For example, a search for Gauthier, which will include all of the variations given earlier, will also include the names Gonthier, Vauthier, Gouthier, Authier as well as their numerous variations.

Once a search has been made, you will obtain a list of results.

Search results for any mention of the name Tremblay in records dated between 1700 and 1820
  • Num.: Every record in the database is given a number that is used to identify it.
  • Date: Date on which the record was drafted
  • Type: The type of event described by the record: b (baptism), s (burial) or m (marriage)
  • Parish: Parish in which the event was celebrated
  • Roles: The role that the person(s) carry in the record: P-M (Father and Mother), S-C (Subject and Spouse), S-S (Subject and Subject, used to identify a marrying couple)

To view a record, click on the date associated with it.

Once on the certificate of the record you are looking for, you maybe view the original document by clicking on the “d1p” link which you will find at the top right of the certificate.

Detailed view of a record on the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The Drouin Collection Records (1621 to 1967)

The Drouin Collection Records is a collection of parish registers (baptisms, burials and marriages).

Boucherville register sourced from the Drouin Collection

The collection also contains some notarized documents and censuses.

In all cases, these are original documents that have been digitized in the course of the past century.

The collection of parish registers from Quebec begins in 1621 (opening of the Catholic Register in Quebec) up to 1967. Most of the registers were photographed in the 1940s and thus do not extend to 1967. For the other collections in this database, the period covered may go beyond 1967.

The Drouin Collection Records cover all of Quebec (including non-Catholics) as well as French Acadia and part of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States.

File tree navigation in the Drouin Collection Records

The registers are organized in a file tree. The documents are separated by collection and then by location and by year, or by letter and by name depending on the type of register.

Finally, the images are sorted in the folders by chronological order (from January to December). The trick is to identify the right collection to search in and to find the document using the location and date in which it was drafted.

The Drouin Collection Records can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.