Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1621-1979
Languages French, Latin
Title in the Language Québec catholiques registres paroissiaux
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Archive
Various Catholic Church Diocesan Archives, country-wide, Canada


What is in the Collection?

This collection contains Catholic Parish records for the years 1621-1979.

This collection contains images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. the records include some confirmations and some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières.

The great majority of registers have been well preserved by both Church and state institutions. A few have been destroyed by fire. Because the registers were made in duplicate, a copy may exist even if one was destroyed. Some of the information in the registers has been published.

The earliest, covering events through 1760 and including information from records that no longer exist, is Cyprien Tanguay's Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes (Genealogical Dictionary of French Canadian Families). A supplement volume is J. Arthur Leboeuf’s “Complément au Dictionnaire Tanguay” (“Supplement to Tanguay’s Dictionary”), which is still in print.

Between 1679 and 1993, priests were required to make two copies of all baptisms, marriages, and burials. The second copy was sent to civil authorities, and these are found in civil archives. In 1796, churches were required to index their registers. Prior to 1800, about 50 given names were used for 70 percent of the children. Further, most French Canadians descend from a small group of immigrants, so the population shares only a few thousand family names.

Priests maintained parish registers from 1621, when the French settled Quebec, to the present. Church registration of baptisms, marriages, and burials records in the year 1960 were used to register civilly and provided legal proof of the life events. The form and content of the entries vary somewhat.Other records: Diocesan archives (File 67CD1)

  • A little-known collection is available under Québec City/Québec/1659-1848 (520 images).
  • Register of confirmations by the bishops of Quebec, (images 6 - 179)
  • Register of abjurations (recantations) from December 8, 1662 through May 8, 1757 (images 181 - 259)
  • Register of baptisms, marriages, and burials for Beaubassin, in Acadia, February 2, 1680 through May 20, 1686 (images 262 - 274)
  • Register of baptisms, marriages, and burials performed by the missionaries serving to the north of Baie des Chaleurs (the Gaspé coast), from February 2, 1680 through January 23, 1757 (images 276 - 313)
  • Register of baptisms, marriages, and burials performed at Peticodiac and Chipoudy by fathers Le Guerne and Le Loutre, from June 7, 1753 through April 13, 1755 (images 316 - 325)
  • Register of baptisms, marriages, and burials performed by the Jesuit missionary, Jean-Baptiste de la Brosse, who served the needs of Acadian refugees and Indians hiding in the woods, November 16, 1755 through March 19, 1756 (images 327 - 329)
  • Various notes, Index, and Transcription of the above acts by Charles PANET, attorney, dated March 1867 (images 330 - 372)
  • Register of baptisms, marriages, and burials performed at Iles de la Madeleine by father A. A. Bélanger, from July 2, 1840 through September 21, 1845 (images 373 - 393)
  • Registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials performed in the Saguenay missions, from December 6, 1770 through June 7, 1796 (images 394 - 520)

Reading These Records

These records are written in French. Click the link for help reading these records.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Baptism records usually include:

  • Date and parish of baptism
  • Name and gender of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including mother's maiden name
  • Names of godparents

Marriage records usually include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Names of groom's parents and their residence
  • Name and age of bride
  • Names of bride's parents and their residence
  • Whether parents are living or deceased

Burial records usually include:

  • Name, age and gender of deceased
  • Burial date and place/parish of burial
  • Name of spouse if deceased was married
  • Names of parents if deceased is a minor
 

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select City/Town
  2. Select Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Years

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information in these records to find other records that may be useful. For example, if you found a marriage record, calculate a birth year and try to locate a baptism record.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name, especially French versions.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Quebec, Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Quebec Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

"Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Catholic Church Diocesan Archives, country-wide, Canada.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979.


Image Citation:

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