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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: Quebec Non-Francophone Ancestors by Althea Douglas M.A., CG. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
General Reference Works
- Canadian Almanac and Directory…(Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Pub. Co., 1995-)current issue on CD-ROM. Useful source of addresses.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia 3 volumes (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, c. 1985) also The…Canadian Encyclopedia (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, c. 1998) on CD-ROM.
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 14 volumes [to date] (Toronto: University of Toronto Press; Québec City, Les Presses de l’université Laval, c. 1966).
- Directory of Associations in Canada/répertoire des associations du Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1973-c. 1997) also Associations Canada: an encyclopedic directory/un répertoire encyclopedique (Toronto: Canadian Almanac and Directory Pub. Co., 1991).
- Directory of Canadian Archives (Ottawa: Canadian Council of Archives, 1990) Current version is on the internet.
- The Encyclopedia of Canada, genl. ed., W. Stewart Wallace (Toronto: University Associates of Canada, 6 volumes, 1935-37; registered edition 1940; 2nd edition 1948) Edited by a noted historian just before World War II, now an invaluable guide to the recent past. Town and city entries give the newspapers, major industries, and the railroads that served each community. References are to Encyclopedia of Canada plus the entry topic. Most libraries will have a copy, but by now it is probably in the stacks.
- The Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates, compiled by Jay Myers, revised by L. Hoffman and F. Sutherland (Richmond Hill, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1991).
- The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature, editor Norah Story (Toronto, London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1967) Contains detailed accounts of most Canadian political divisions and places.
- Dictionary of Canadian French/Dictionnaire du français canadien, edited by Sinclair Robinson and Donald Smith (Toronto: Stoddard, 1990).
- Le dictionnaire pratique des expressions québécoises, compiled by André Dugas and Bernard Soucy (Montréal: Éditions Logiques, c. 1991). Elliot, Noel M., editor, The French Canadians, 1600-1900: an alphabetized directory of the people, places, and vital dates, 3 volumes. (Toronto: Genealogical Research Library, 1992) The People of Québec, i.e. both language groups. Also useful in finding migrating Québecers may be: People of Ontario, 1600-1900: alphabetized directory of the people, places and vital dates, 3 volumes (London, Ontario: Genealogical Research Library, 1984) and The Central Canadians, 1600-1900: an alphabetized directory of the people, places, and vital dates, 3 volumes. (Toronto: Genealogical Research Library, 1994).
Bibliographies, Catalogues etc.
- Beaulieu, André, and Jean Hamelin, La presse Québecoise: des origines à nos jours. Index cumulatife, 10 volumes, (Québec City: Université de Laval, 1973-1990).
- Bond, Mary E., Canadian Directories, 1790-1987: a bibliography and place-name index, 3 volumes (Ottawa: Library of Canada, 1989).
- Burrows, Sandra and Franceen Gaudet, Checklist of indexes to Canadian newspaper. (Ottawa: Library of Canada, 1987) Updated version is available on NLC-BNC internet website.
- CARD/Canadian Advertising rates and data (Toronto: Maclean-Hunter and Standard Rate qand Data Service, 1966-monthly) For current addresses of all media.
- Cardinal, Claudette, The History of Québec: A Bibliography of Works in English (Montréal: Concordia University Press, 1981).
- Canadian Newspapers on Microfilm (Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1959).
- Canadian Serials Directory, editor Gordon Ripley (Toronto: Reference Press, 1987).
- Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm 1666-1891, compiled by Thomas A. Hillman (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1987).
- Catalogue of Census Returns on Microfilm, 1901, compiled by Thomas A. Hillman, (Ottawa: Archives of Canada, 1993).
- Filby, P. William, American and British Genealogy and History: A selected list of books…(Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1983) Contains a Canadian section with important Québec material.
- Genealogy and Local History to 1900: a Bibliography, compiled by J. Brian Gilchrist and Clifford Duxbury Collier (Ottawa: CIHM-ICHM, 1995) Old and rare Canadian books, periodicals and serials available on microfiche.
- Matthews’ List (Meaford, Ontario: Syd Matthews and Partners, 199-?-) Also known as Matthews Media Directory. Addresses, etc. of current publications.
- Morley, William F.F., Canadian Local Histories to 1950: a bibliography, 3 volumes (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967-1978) Volume 2: La province de Québec; Also available in the Scholarly Reprint Series Editions (1980).
- O’Donnell, Brendan, Printed Sources for the Study of English Speaking Québec (Lennoxville: Bishop’s University Press, 1984).
- Union List of Manuscripts in Canadian Repositories (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1975) Supplements (1979, 1982, c. 1985).
- Union List of Newspapers Held by Canadian Libraries (Ottawa: Library of Canada, 1977, 1983).
Biographies and Directories
- A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography being Chiefly Men of the Times, ed. Geo Maclean Rose (Toronto: Rose Publishing Company, 1888).
- The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, editor W. Stewart Wallace (London, Toronto: Macmillan, 3rd edition, 1963).
- The Social Register of Canada, 3rd edition (Montréal: The Social Register of Canada, 1958-1961).
- The Canadian Directory of Parliament1867-1967, editor J.K. Johnson (Ottawa: Public Archives of Canada, 1968).
- Omer, Joseph and N. Omer Coté, Political Appointments and elections in the Province of Canada, 1841-1867 (Ottawa, 1866; second edition 1918) Indexed, and exceptionally reliable.
- Barry, Gwen Rawlings, A History of Megantic County: Downhomers of Québec’s Eastern Townships.
- Brown, Kathleen H., Schooling in the Clearings; Stanstead 1800-1850 (Stanstead Historical Society; Guelph, ON: Prism Studios, 2001).
- Channell, Leonard S., History of Compton County and Sketches of the Eastern Townships, District of St. Francis and Sherbrooke County. (Cookshire: L.S. Channell, 1896; Milton: Canadiana Reprint Series, No. 8, Global Heritage Press, 1999) Biographical details of most land owners.
- Men of Today in the Eastern Townships 1917, editor Erastus G. Pierce, introduction by V.E. Morrill (Sherbrooke: Sherbrooke Record Co., 1917).
- Borthwick, Rev. J. Douglas, History and Biographical Gazetteer of Montréal to the year 1892. (Montréal: John Lovell, 1892) contains a short history and hundreds of biographies of English and French Montréalers.
Immigrants and Emigrants
- Acton, John A., Index of Passengers Who Emigrated to Canada Between 1817 and 1849. (Toronto: OGS, 1999) Index to lists of emigrants found in records of the British Colonial Office, replaces NA finding aid to CO 384.
- A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation, compiled by Donald Whyte F.H.G., F.S.G. 2 volumes (Toronto: OGS, 1986, Vol. 2, 1995).
- Names of emigrants: from the 1845-1847 records of James Allison, emigrant agent at Montréal, comp. Irish Research Group, Ottawa Branch, OGS (Ottawa: Ottawa Branch, OGS, 1994).
- Boudreau, Rev. Dennis M., Beginning Franco-American Genealogy (Pawtucket, Rhode Island: American French Genealogical Society, 2nd printing, 1993) Has useful word lists and explanations of Marriage indexes.
- Douglas, Althea, Here Be Dragons! (Toronto: OGS, 1996) Tools of the Trade for Canadian Genealogy and Here Be Dragons, too! (Toronto: OGS, 2000).
- Harrison, Lorraine St-Louis and Mary Munk, Tracing Your Ancestors in Canada (Ottawa: Archives of Canada, revised 1998) Free from the Archives of Canada, and on their website.
- Jetté, René, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1983).
- Répertoire des noms de famille du Québec des origines à 1825 (Montréal: Institut généalogique J.L., 1988). A helpful guide through the A--- dit B---- maze of Francophone families. Note: Both the Drouin (113 volumes) and Loiselle (microfiche) marriage indexes cross-reference most Québec dit names.
- Traité de généalogie (Montréal: les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1991). If you can read French, this book has a very helpful section on the language and formulas of notarial contracts.
- Mann, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).
- Merriman, Brenda Dougall, About Genealogical Standards of Evidence. (Toronto: OGS, 1997).
- Merriman, Brenda Dougall, Genealogy In Ontario: Searching the Records. (Toronto: OGS, 3rd edition 1996) The detailed descriptions of British colonial records generated in Ontario will prove useful regardless of what British colony you are researching.
- Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).
- Punch, Terrence M.C.G. (C) with George F. Sanborne Jr., F.A.S.G. eds. Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2nd edition 1997) Gaspé and Gulf of St. Lawrence records may turn up in Atlantic Canada.
- United Church of Canada, Committee on Archives and History, Guide to Family History Research in the Archival Repositories of the United Church of Canada (Toronto: OGS, 1996).
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