Quebec Civil Registration

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

  • From 1679 to 1993, most vital records for Québec were copies of church records.
  • The province required churches to send copies to government archives. On 1 January 1994, the government began to keep separate vital records. Vital records could be registered civilly without a church record as early as 1926. Beginning in the 1960s, many births and marriages were recorded only in civil registers.

How to Access the Records[edit | edit source]

Before 1900 Online[edit | edit source]

After 1900[edit | edit source]

Vital records and civil copies of church records are confidential after 1900. Only a person named in the record, immediate family, or a legal representative may have access to civil registration and civil copies of church records after 1900. Civil records can be ordered online, by mail, or in person. For more information see: Directeur de l'état civil: Certificates and copies of acts. Application forms can be accessed and submitted here:

Directeur de l'état civil
2535 Boulevard Laurier
Québec G1V 5C5
Phone: 1 418 644-0075

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Some indexes to civil registration copies of church records are available. The indexes list only the name of the individual and the date and place of the event. Names of the parents or spouses are usually not given. For an index to notarial marriage contracts, see Quebec Notarial Records.

Indexes for Montréal[edit | edit source]

There are many different indexes for Montreal records that have been digitized: Canada, Québec, Île-de-Montréal, Montréal - Church records and Civil Registration - Indexes

Catholic Records in Montréal Online Card Index[edit | edit source]

Protestant Records in Montréal Online[edit | edit source]

Indexes for the City of Québec[edit | edit source]

Divorces[edit | edit source]

"This database includes the names of the spouses, places of residence at the time of the marriage and divorce, other marriages (if noted), and dates of marriage and divorce (the date when the act became law) for divorce acts from this period. The original records may include additional information such as other places of residence, occupations, additional court action taken, and number of children (and occasionally their names or genders), if any. The very restrictive grounds for the cost of a divorce made them quite rare; the records are, however, worth obtaining when they apply".[1]

Gretna Green marriage places[edit | edit source]

When a marriage was transacted in a jurisdiction that was not the residence of the parties being married, to avoid restrictions or procedures imposed by the parties' home jurisdiction, that place became a "Gretna Green."[2] When an eloping Quebec couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919," at,, accessed 29 Noovember 2020.
  2. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at (accessed 8 January 2011).