Quebec Compiled Genealogies

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Most archives and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These usually must be searched in person.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Major Genealogical Dictionaries and Collections[edit | edit source]

Several genealogical dictionaries have information from Catholic records, censuses, and notarial records. They often give more complete family information than the marriage indexes in Quebec Church Records. One of the most useful dictionaries for Québec is:

Gives information about a large number of families in the Province of Québec. Marriages are from the early 1600s to the 1800s. Entries may give christening and burial dates of spouses and sometimes christening, marriage, and burial dates of children. Often gives the exact place of origin in France of the immigrant ancestor. Although the text is in French, it is easy to decipher the names, dates, and places.
  • Additions and corrections to Tanguay are in:
Leboeuf, J.-Arthur.Complément au dictionnaire généalogique Tanguay (Supplement to Tanguay's Genealogical Dictionary). 3 vols. Montréal, Qué.: Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française, 1957–1977. (Family History Library book 971 D2t supp. ser. 1 & 2; film 823824 items 1–3;) Text in French.

A massive work that attempts to list the entire Québec population before 1765. Extracts every name from church and census records. Also extracts information from some notarial and other records.

Genealogical Master Index[edit | edit source]

Elliot, Noel Montgomery. The French Canadians 1600–1900: An Alphabetized Directory of the People, Places and Vital Dates. 3 vols. Toronto, Ont.: Genealogical Research Library, 1992. (Family History Library book 971 D22f; computer number 449505.) WorldCat

Includes English-speaking and French Canadians from Québec, and French Canadians from other provinces. Lists 468,000 people alphabetically. Records include surname, given names, type of event (birth, marriage, death, etc.), year, sometimes a locality, and always a source code (often including a page number). The appendix at the end of each volume gives bibliographic information about most of the sources. There is also a useful gazetteer of place names. The sources of the information include directories, land records, censuses, marriage records, and Tanguay's genealogical dictionary. Looking in the source may provide further information about the date, event, or residence.

French Canadians Outside Québec[edit | edit source]

  • Very early, French Canadians left the area of Québec to settle in other regions of North America. They settled in places such as Kaskaskia (Illinois), Vincennes (Indiana), and Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Some church and other records from their settlements are transcribed in:

  • French Canadian families also settled in the Detroit and St. Clair river valleys, now on the Michigan-Ontario border. They are listed in:

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

  • The Family History Library has many Québec family histories and newsletters. The main surnames from each history are in the Family History Library FamilySearch Catalog. Enter the surname in the "Surname" search field. It will show you all the histories where that name is a main surname.

  • Many Québec families have produced histories or newsletters with genealogical information. The histories may include biographies, photographs, and other excellent information. They usually include several generations of the family. An example is:

  • Many Québec family histories are in:

  • Local histories often include family histories. Search the FamilySearch Catalog by the name of the county or town. Then search under the topics "History" and "Biography".

Collecting Previous Research by Others Part Two: Online Family Tree Collections[edit | edit source]

For step-by-step instructions on searching several important compiled genealogy websites, see Collecting Previous Research by Others Part Two: Online Family Tree Collections.

Digitized Books[edit | edit source]

  • Local histories frequently include biographical sketches of early and prominent settlers. Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

  • Surname or Keyword Search FamilySearch Catalog Family genealogies can be found listed by using the "Surname" search. For extremely common surnames, narrow down your search by using the surname and the location where the family lived in the "Keyword" search.