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Quebec, Wills - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Quebec, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1759-1932
Languages English, French
Title in the Language Québec, Testament, 1759-1932
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Archives Nationales du Quebec


What is in This Collection?

This collection includes probate records from 1759-1931. Images of wills from several judicial districts are included in this collection. In Quebec, records that are equivalent to probate records are part of the notarial records. This includes wills, inventories after death, and guardianship records.

Reading These Records

These records are written in French. For help with reading the records, see French Genealogical Word List and France Languages.

Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age of deceased

  • Name of executor
  • Family relationships
  • Names of witnesses
  • Religious affiliation

How Do I Search This Collection?

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images

You will be able to view the images in this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index.
  • Use the information found in the will to search for the family in census records.
  • Use the information found in the will to search for the family in church records.
  • Use the information found in the will to search civil registration records.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives.
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Try searching by surname only

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Canada.

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.