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National Censuses

Many Canadian national census records are at the Family History Library, LIbrary and Archives Canada, and other archives and libraries. See Canada Census for more information about Canadian national census records.

Most available national censuses have been indexed. Indexes and links to them are listed at the Library and Archives Canada web site.

To find out if a specific subdistrict (township or equivalent) or district (county or equivalent) is available on a census see:

Hillman, Thomas A. ,Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm = Catalogue de Recensements sur microfilm 1666–1891. [Ottawa, Ontario, Canada]: Public Archives of Canada, 1987. (Family History Library book 971 X23ht). A list of the censuses that are available for parishes, townships, and counties (look in the Québec section of the book). The catalog includes microfilm numbers for the National Archives of Canada. (They are not Family History Library film numbers.)

Census images for the 1851, 1881, 1901 and 1911 census are available at Library and Archives Canada, You may search these images by location, but not by name.  The 1901 and 1911 census have indexes or partial indexes available at Indexes and images for 1851, 1891, 1901 and 1911 are available on  FamilySearch and Ancestry have announced a partnership to digitize and index the 1861 and 1871 census images.  Presently there are no province-wide indexes for these records.

Indexes for a few localities within the province are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under QUEBEC, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CENSUS.

The national censuses from 1921 to the present are not available to the public.

Provincial Censuses

There are many early census records for the province of Québec. Most censuses from 1792 to 1842 list only the head of the household. Those censuses can help you find where families with a particular surname were living.

Province of Québec

Census Years:
1666, 1667, 1681 All members of the household

City of Québec

Census Years:
1716, 1744 All members of the household
1792, 1795, 1798, 1805 Head of household only


Census Years: Listed:
1731 Head of household only


Census Years:
Head of household only

Trois-Riviéres, Montréal, and surrounding areas

Census Years:
1765 Head of household only

Lower Canada, Canada East (southern Québec)

Census Years: Listed:
1825, 1831, 1842 Head of household only
(In 1841 Lower Canada became Canada East.)
1851, 1861 All members of the household

Early provincial censuses are available in the following sources:

Nouvelle-France. Recensements, 1666–1681 (Censuses 1666–1681). Archives Publiques du Canada série G1, C-2474. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.: Service Central du Microfilm, Archives Publiques du Canada, 1966. (Family History Library film 1375924.) Text in French. Contains census records for 1666, 1667, and 1681.

Recensements du Québec (Census of Québec). Seven Volumes. [n.p., 198-?] (Family History Library book 971.4 X2r; on 19 Family History Library fiche 6046792.) Text in French. Contains selected census records from 1666 to 1805.

Charbonneau, Hubert, and Jacques Légaré, eds. Répertoire des actes de baptême, mariage, sépulture et des recensements du Québec ancien (Transcriptions of Church Records of Christening, Marriage and Burial and of Censuses of Old Québec). 47 Volumes. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1980–1990. (Family History Library book 971.4 K22r.) Text in French. Contains indexed transcriptions from original records. Volume 6 includes the 1666, 1667, and 1681 censuses; volume 8 includes the 1716 census; and volume 16 includes the 1744 census.

The following is an explanation in English to the Répertoire:

Key to the Repertory. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1980?. (Family History Library book 971.4 K22r supp..)

Québec (Province). Census of Lower Canada [now Québec], 1825. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Public Archives of Canada, 1954. (Family History Library film 584016–17.) Contains the 1825 census for southern Québec.

Lower Canada. Census Returns, 1831. Public Archives of Canada no. C-719 - C-724. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Public Archives of Canada, 1954. Contains the 1831 census for southern Québec. Record Collection 1834329 Online digitial images – free. This collection is not indexed and must be searched by County or District, and then by sub-district. Heads of household are listed with marks for the number of family members in various age categories. The listing also includes occupation, religion, land usage, and agricultural production. FHL Film 1375925–30 Learn more about this census record.

Lower Canada. Census Returns, 1842. Public Archives of Canada number C-725 - C-733. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Public Archives of Canada, 1954. (Family History Library film 1375931–39.) Contains the 1842 census for southern Québec.

Private researchers have indexed early censuses and other sources for the Eastern Townships region. For information, contact the Librarian of the Québec Family History Society (see Quebec Societies).

Provincial censuses were taken for Canada East (southern Québec) in 1851 and 1861. (The 1851 census was actually taken in 1852.) The censuses list all the members of the household. Some sections were lost, and there is no index for the entire province. National Archives of Canada microfilm numbers for these censuses are also available in Thomas A. Hillman, Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm = Catalogue de Recensements sur microfilm, 1666–1891 (see "National Censuses" on the previous page).

Other Sources

Another useful source for finding census records for Québec is:

Reisinger, Joy. "Published Census Returns of Québec." Lost in Canada?: Canadian-American Query Exchange 17, number 3(summer 1994): 134–36. (Family History Library book 971 B2Lc.) Extensive bibliography of printed censuses and lists of settlers, 1608–1825.

All census records for Québec are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:




A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Quebec Census, 1861 (FamilySearch Historical Records)