Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Quebec Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902
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Quebec, Canada
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Record Description
Record Type Index to Baptisms, Marriages, Burials
Collection years 1642-1902
Languages French
Title in the Language Québec, Copie civil de registres paroissiaux
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales Du Québec

What is in This Collection?

This collection is made up of indexes to the civil copy of Quebec church records for the years 1642-1902.

The records they index are copies of baptism, marriage, and burial records which were sent to the civil government by churches who were were required to send copies of their records to the government. The Quebec government began to keep its own separate vital records in 1994. Both Catholic and Protestant churches are included.

Reading These Records

These records are in French. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Quebec, Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Names of those involved with event
  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Where to find the original record (volume and folder)


  • Birth date and/or baptism date
  • Name at birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Names and relationships of witnesses


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Birth dates and/or ages of bridge and groom
  • Date of marriage
  • Parents’ names


  • Date of death and/or burial
  • Name of deceased
  • Location of grave
  • Cause of death

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Denomination
  2. Select County and City or Town
  3. Select Record Type
  4. Select Name Range, Year Range and Archival Number to view the images.

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?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales Du Québec page
  • 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

Research Helps

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

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
"Québec Index de copie civil de registres paroissiaux, 1642-1902." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales Du Québec (National Library and Archives of Quebec).
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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