Pontiac County, Quebec Genealogy

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Guide to Pontiac county ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.


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History

The Pontiac County was a municipal county of Quebec that existed between 1855 and 1 st January 1983.The area where he is now included in the administrative region of Outaouais and corresponds to the present Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Pontiac and part of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais . Its capital was the municipality of Bryson until 1916, then the municipality of Campbell's Bay . In 1970, the creation of the Outaouais Regional Community subtracted Eardley municipalities of the county territory, Onslow, Onslow-Partie-Sud and Quyon.

Populated Places Table

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POPULATED PLACE

FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE

FHL  CATALOG

WIKIPEDIA

Bristol    Canton     Link   Link
Campbell's Bay        Link   Link
Chapeau         Link   Link
Clarendon    Canton     Link   Link
Eardley        Link   Link
Eardley    Canton    Link  Link
Fort-Coulonge       Link   Link
Fort-William         Link   Link
Lac-Cayamant         Link  Link
Leslie     Canton     Link   Link
Luskville        Link   Link
North-Clarendon        Link   Link
North-Onslow           Link   Link
Onslow      Canton     Link   Link
Otter-Lake       Link   Link 
Portage-du-Fort        Link   Link
Quyon        Link   Link
Rapides-des-Joachims        Link  Link
Shawville        Link  Link
Sheen     Canton     Link    Link
Sheenboro       Link   Link
Thorne      Canton     Link   Link
Vinton       Link  Link
Waltham     Canton     Link   Link
Île-des-Alumettes   Canton     Link   Link
Île-du-Grand-Calumet         Link   Link
 ANY NEW LOCATIONS IN FHL CATALOG???       Link  

Online Gazetteers

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Usually vital records (birth, marriage, and death) are found in civil registration and church records. In Quebec until 1900, civil (government) registration was kept by the churches, with a duplicate provided to the government. There are three ways to access these records:

1) church records in the Drouin collection, available online,
2) civil register duplicates of church records in the Quebec Library and Archives system, and
3) the records of the Family History Library (FamilySearch), online and microfilmed.

Church Records: The Drouin Collection

Among other records, this database includes all the church records for the province of Quebec, that is, for the Adventist, Anglican, Apostolic, Baptist, Christ Church, Christian Brethren, Christian Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ, Church of England, Church of Scotland, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Free Church, Greek Orthodox, Holiness Movement, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Romanian Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Protestant, Russian Orthodox, Salvation Army, Unitarian, United Church, and Universalist denominations.  The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on.  They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

For more information, see The Drouin Collection: Six Databases.

Civil Registration in the Quebec Library and Archives

In Quebec, the civil registers of births (baptisms), marriages and deaths (burials), which date from 1621, were duplicate copies of the church registers. This third source all of the pre-1900 records can be consulted at each of the nine regional offices of Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

Writing for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records After 1900

Directeur de l'état civil
2535, boulevard Laurier
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
Canada
G1V 5C5
  • For application forms, fee information, and identification requirements, click here.
  • Only the person named in the record or that person's legal representative may have access to civil registration and civil copies of church records after 1900. Direct descendants qualify as representatives.

See also Quebec Civil Registration, for information on published vital records.

The FamilySearch Collection

FamilySearch has microfilmed the entire collection of civil records in the Quebec Library and Archives.

Online Databases

Many of the parish (church) records have been digitized and posted online. They are only partially indexed, so browsing the original records is more effective:

Microfilmed Church/Civil Records

All of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Québec, Pontiac . You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Québec, Pontiac . This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm. The microfilm icon indicates it is only available on microfilm and can be viewed at the Family History Library and some family history centers.

Census

Census records can play an important role in identifying all members of a family. They then guide your search in the vital records because you have more clues as to who you are looking for.

Reading French Records

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records