Quebec, Quebec Judicial District, Guardianships (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Québec, district judiciaire de Québec, tutelles et curatelles

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1639 to 1930.

This collection contains images and indexes of guardianship records. In Québec, notaires or notaries have registered contracts since 1626, including guardianships and other probate records. Guardianship papers or tutelle et curatelle, are records about orphans and the conservation of their property.

Québec notarial records are written in French. The persons involved in the contracts received the originals. The notaries kept copies. Notarial records are usually listed by the name of the notary and the dates he functioned. They are not normally indexed by the names of the persons involved in the contract. Notarial records are first sent to the judicial archives, but they are eventually deposited in the branches of the National Archive of Québec.

For a list of records published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Supreme Court. Quebec, district judiciaire de Quebec, tutelles et curatelles. Bibliotheque et Archives du Quebec.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Names of children of the deceased
  • Names of other relatives of the deceased
  • Information about the guardian(s) of the children
  • Ages and relationships of witnesses

How to Use the Record

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of birth
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Names of family members

Searching the Images

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the “Record Type” category ⇒Select the “Year Range and File Number Range” category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the information

Once you have found the record of your ancestor, you can do the following:

  • Use the ages to calculate the year of birth.
  • The children listed on the guardianship record will help you locate the family in the Canadian Census collection.

Can't Find Information?

If you can't find any information about your ancestor, try the following:

  • Look in the Catholic Parish Registers. This collection may give you a death date for you ancestor, the death date will aid you in finding your ancestor in this collection.

Related Websites

Archives nationales du Québec

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Citing Family Search Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Quebec, Quebec Judicial District, Guardianship" digital images FamilySearch ( accessed 14 March 2012), Guardianship files>1805-1806>no. 95807>image 1110 or 1118>Francois St Vincent, 1805.