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Guide to Québec county ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.


Online Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com[edit | edit source]

Ancestry.com can be used free-of-charge at a Family History Center near you.

Other Online Indexed Databases[edit | edit source]

  • BMS2000 Database, index and images. ($) A database of baptism, marriage and burial records of 14 million records. There is a charge for consulting the BMS2000 database.[1]
  • PRDH Database, index and images. ($) Computerized population register, with biographical files of for European settlers of St. Lawrence Valley.[1]
  • Fichier Origine (Original File) Database, index and images. ($) Index of civil status documents and notarial deeds for French and foreign emigrants. Free-of-charge.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The area where he is now included in the administrative regions of the Capitale-Nationale and Mauricie and corresponds to a part of the Greater Québec City , part of the current regional county municipality (RCM) Jacques Cartier and part of the agglomeration of La Tuque . Its capital was the municipality of Loretteville . County Quebec does not include the territory of the city of Quebec ; This means that when suburban municipalities were merged in Quebec City, as happened in 1889, 1908, 1909 and 1913, their territory was removed from the jurisdiction of the county. The counties of Saint-Félix-du-Cap-Rouge, Sainte-Foy, Saint-Colomb-de-Sillery, Ancienne-Lorette, Saint-Ambroise, Charlesbourg, Beauport, Saint-Dunstan- Lac-Beauport, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Saint-Edmond and the fief Hubert. In 1969 most of the municipalities in the county have been integrated into a new supra-municipal entity called the Quebec Urban Community . Only municipalities of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury , St Dunstan-du-Lac-Beauport , Lac-Edouard , Saint-Gabriel-West and Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier were not included in the CUQ. Under the Planning Act and urbanism , the MRC of La Jacques-Cartier , Le Haut-Saint-Maurice and Portneuf succeed to the rights and obligations of the former county since their establishment in 1981- 1982.

Populated Places Table[edit | edit source]

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 POPULATED PLACE  FORMER NAME, if applicable  TYPE  FHL  CATALOG  WIKIPEDIA
 Ancienne-Lorette        Link
 Beauport       Link  Link
 Cap-Rouge       Link  Link
 Charlesbourg       Link  Link
 Château-d'Eau         Link
 Courville         Link
 Duberger      Link  Link
 Faubourg-Saint-Jean         Link
 Giffard          Link
 L'Ancienne-Lorette      Link  Link
 Lac-Beauport      Link  Link
 Loretteville      Link  Link
 Montmorency         Link
 Montmorency Falls         Link
 Petite-Rivière         Link 
 Québec      Link  Link
 Québec-Ouest          Link
 Saint-Colomban         Link
 Saint-Dunstan-du-Lac-Beauport      Link  Link
 Saint-Félix-du-Cap-Rouge      Link  Link
 Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier      Link  Link
 Saint-Malo      
 Link
 Saint-Émile      Link  Link
 Sainte-Foy      Link  Link
 Sillery      Link  Link
 Stoneham      Link  Link
 Tewkesbury      Link  Link
 Val-Bélair      Link  Link
 Valcartier         Link
 Valcartier-Village      Link  Link
 Vanier      Link  Link
 Village des Hurons      Link  Link
 Villeneuve      
 Link
 ANY NEW LOCATIONS IN FHL CATALOG???       Link  

Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Usually vital records (birth, marriage, and death) are found in civil registration and church records. In Quebec until 1900, civil (government) registration was kept by the churches, with a duplicate provided to the government. There are three ways to access these records:

1) church records in the Drouin collection, available online,
2) civil register duplicates of church records in the Quebec Library and Archives system, and
3) the records of the Family History Library (FamilySearch), online and microfilmed.

Civil Registration in the Quebec Library and Archives[edit | edit source]

In Quebec, the civil registers of births (baptisms), marriages and deaths (burials), which date from 1621, were duplicate copies of the church registers. This third source all of the pre-1900 records can be consulted at each of the nine regional offices of Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

Church Records: The Drouin Collection[edit | edit source]

Among other records, this database includes all the church records for the province of Quebec, that is, for the Adventist, Anglican, Apostolic, Baptist, Christ Church, Christian Brethren, Christian Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ, Church of England, Church of Scotland, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Free Church, Greek Orthodox, Holiness Movement, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Romanian Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Protestant, Russian Orthodox, Salvation Army, Unitarian, United Church, and Universalist denominations.  The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on.  They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

For more information, see The Drouin Collection: Six Databases.

Writing for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records After 1900[edit | edit source]

Directeur de l'état civil
2535, boulevard Laurier
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Canada
G1V 5C5
  • For application forms, fee information, and identification requirements, click here.
  • Only the person named in the record or that person's legal representative may have access to civil registration and civil copies of church records after 1900. Direct descendants qualify as representatives.

See also Quebec Civil Registration, for information on published vital records.

The FamilySearch Collection[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has microfilmed the entire collection of civil records in the Quebec Library and Archives.

Online Databases[edit | edit source]

Many of the parish (church) records have been digitized and posted online. They are only partially indexed, so browsing the original records is more effective:

Microfilmed Church/Civil Records[edit | edit source]

All of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Québec,. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Québec, . This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census[edit | edit source]

Census records can play an important role in identifying all members of a family. They then guide your search in the vital records because you have more clues as to who you are looking for.

Emigration and Immigration Records[edit | edit source]

Reading French Records[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Genealogy in 8 Lessons", at Quebec Federation off Genealogical Societies, http://federationgenealogie.qc.ca/guide-ressources/8-lecons, accessed 17 October 2020.