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Parent County

Pontiac County was created in 1867 at the time of Canada's Confederation. It was part of Ottawa County which was in existence from 1830 to 1867.  Census records such as the 1851 census in the early years would be found under this county and also under the former name of Ottawa, Bytown. 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


L'Ile-due-Grand-Calumet is an large island in the Ottawa River that is west from Campbell's Bay. Another large island in the area is L'Isle-aux-Allumette which is east of Pembroke, Ontario. 

Populated Places

Alymer, Bryson, Chapeau, Campbell's Bay (County Seat), Chapeau, Fort Coulonge, Portage Du Fort, Quyon, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Shawville, Sheen, Waltham. 

Neighboring Counties

Renfrew County, Ontario is on the western side of the Ottawa River and further north is Nipissing County. Gatineau is east of Pontiac in Quebec.



At this time, please read about Biographies in the Province of Quebec Resources - Biography.


At this time, please read about Cemeteries in the Province of Quebec Resources - Cemeteries .

Pontiac County cemeteries listings and tombstone photos can be found on several online websites: 

Pontiac County, Quebec Gravemarker Gallery. The tombstone photos are from the former Scott Naylor's collection. www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cangmg/quebec/pontiac/index.htm

The Canadian GenWeb's Cemetery Project has listings of Pontiac Co., Quebec Cemeteries some links have more information than others. Click on Quebec and a listing for cemeteries in Quebec appears, then make your choice of county.  cemetery.canadagenweb.org/QC/

Remember to check the cemeteries and graveyards in Renfrew County, Ontario for your ancestor may have lived and died there. Another option is to check the cities of Montreal and Ottawa where many individuals who lived in the Upper Ottawa area retired and are buried. 

Publications for cemetery transcriptions are available at the various archives listed below.  

St. Alphonsus of Ligouri, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec, Cemetery Inscriptions and Burial Records, by Elaine Brown, Family History Library book 971 4215/C2 V3b or you can purchase online www.personainternet.com/etbrown/alphonse.htm 

Census Records

At this time, please read about Census Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Census .

Church Records

At this time, please read about Church Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Church Records .

Civil Registration

At this time, please read about Civil Registration (i.e. Vital Records) in the Province of Quebec Resources - Civil Registration  .

Court Records

At this time, please read about Court Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Court Records.


At this time, please read about Directories in the Province of Quebec Resources - Directories.


At this time, please read about Genealogies in the Province of Quebec Resources - Genealogy.

Land and Property Records

At this time, please read about Land and Property Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Land and Property.

Local Histories

At this time, please read about Local Histories in the Province of Quebec Resources - History.


At this time, please read about Maps in the Province of Quebec Resources - Maps.

Military Records

At this time, please read about Military Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Military Records.

Newspapers & Obituaries

At this time, please read about Newspapers and Obituaries in the Province of Quebec Resources - Newspapers.

Notarial Records

At this time, please read about Notarial Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Notarial Records.

Notarial records for the Pontiac area would be housed in the Archives of Quebec in Montreal at 535 Viger Street West, Montreal, Quebec.  Currently the website has an online database that are still a work in progress. www.banq.qc.ca/archives/genealogie_histoire_familiale/ressources/bd/instr_notaires/index.html 

More records and originals will be housed in the branch of the Archives in Gatineau at 855 Blvd. Gappe, Gatineau, Quebec. If you do not read or speak French and are going to use their websites you will find some parts in French. You can set your browser to translate for you. www.banq.qc.ca/accueil/

Probate Records

At this time, please read about Probate Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Probate Records.

Taxation Records

At this time, please read about Taxation Records in the Province of Quebec Resources - Taxation.

Vital Records

See Civil Registration Records above.

Societies and Libraries

When doing genealogical research in the Pontiac County area of Quebec, you need to consult archives on both sides of the Ottawa River (Outaouais, the French version). This means you have to consult archives in Ontario and Quebec such as Renfrew County, Ontario, Gatineau, Quebec, Ottawa and Montreal. Your ancestors did not stay in one area and would frequently move back and forth across, up and down the Ottawa river with ease. 

Here is a list of archives: 

Pontiac Archives, 356 Rue Main, Shawville, QC JOX 2YO, Canada. Please use their PO Box or email them for research inquires, and hours by consulting their website. This archive is in the lower floor of the Shawville Public Library. They emphasize Pontiac County. They have family histories, maps, books for each region of the Pontiac, cemetery records and more.  Website: http://www.pontiacarchives.org/

Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Society Group, 225 Dickerson Ave., Pembroke, Renfrew Co., Ontario. This society is in the lower floor of the Masonic Building in Pembroke, Ontario. This society covers all of Renfrew County and further north in the area on the Ontario side, as well as Pontiac County, Quebec.  They have family histories, newspapers, books, cemetery records and more. Consult their webite for their holdings, hours, and research policies: www.uovgg.ca/ 

Arnprior & McNap/Braeside Archive, 21 B Madawaska St., Arnprior, ON K7S 1R6 This archive is in the public library of Arnprior, Ontario. This archive's emphasis is more on Renfrew County and surrounding areas but again our ancestors moved around more than you think. Consult their website for their holdings, hours and research policies. www.adarchives.org/

Quebec Family History Society, 173 Cartier Avenue, Suite 102, Pointe-Claire, Quebec. This library has a great collection of cemetery records for the Pontiac County area of Quebec. Their focus is on English speaking people who settled in Quebec but they are now expanding into the French-Canadian sources. Consult their webiste for their holdings, research policies and how to do Quebec genealogical research, hours and research inquires:www.qfhs.ca/ 

The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society their library is at 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 8346 Station T, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H8. They cover the counties of Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Prescott and Russell, which all are in Ontario but again our ancestors migrated a lot more than we think.Check their website for more information:  ogsottawa.on.ca/

Libraries and Archives Canada 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A ON4, Canada. This is the Canada's main government archive.  Consult their online website for more information all topics of genealogy in Canada:  www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home.aspx

The Archives of Quebec has the main building in Montreal and branches throughout Quebec. The main building is at 535 Viger Avenue W. in Montreal.  The Branch for Pontiac is located in Gatineau. www.banq.qc.ca/a_propos_banq/informations_pratiques/index.html

Web Sites

Bytown or Bust, a Digital History of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada, Including the Cities of Ottawa and Hull/Gatineau 1600 to 2014. www.bytown.net/  

Ottawa Valley Irish, A Family History weblog & genealogical database: www.ottawavalleyirish.com/

Burns, Hughes, Somerville, Gentle, The Byrns/Burns Family who lived in Chichester Twp. www.personainternet.com/etbrown/

The Man Who Lived Airplanes, The Life of Keith B. MacDonald who father was born in Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec and his family.  There is also a tour of the Upper Ottawa River Valley from May 21, 2012 to June 27, 2012 covering cities, cemeteries and archives visited.  macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/ 



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