Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1621-1979
Languages French, Latin
Title in the Language Québec catholiques registres paroissiaux
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Various Catholic Church Diocesan Archives, country-wide, Canada


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains Catholic Parish records for the years 1621-1979.

This collection contains images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. the records include some confirmations and some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières.

The great majority of registers have been well preserved by both Church and state institutions. A few have been destroyed by fire. Because the registers were made in duplicate, a copy may exist even if one was destroyed. Some of the information in the registers has been published.

The earliest, covering events through 1760 and including information from records that no longer exist, is Cyprien Tanguay's Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes (Genealogical Dictionary of French Canadian Families). A supplement volume is J. Arthur Leboeuf’s “Complément au Dictionnaire Tanguay” (“Supplement to Tanguay’s Dictionary”), which is still in print.

Reading These Records

These records are written in French. Click the link for help reading these records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Baptism records usually include:

  • Date and parish of baptism
  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Names of groom's parents and their residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Names of bride's parents and their residence
  • Whether parents are living or deceased

Burial records usually include:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Burial date and place/parish of burial
  • Name of spouse if deceased was married
  • Names of parents if deceased is a minor

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select City/Town
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years

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.


What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection.
  • To help keep track of your research, you may want to keep a research log. FamilySearch has an example example research log which you can download.
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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. *Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
- They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
-A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation

"Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. National Archives of Quebec, Montreal.

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