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This is a page of resources for the province of Quebec.

Quebec joined Confederation on July 1, 1867, one of the original 4 provinces.

Ancestor Search – Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

If you haven’t been on LAC lately, it’s worth another look. In 2019, LAC rolled out my three favourite words in the English language: centralized database search. Bearing in mind that the usual spelling issues still apply, you can now search all the collections at once.

BANQ – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Find indices not available elsewhere. Online resources are here, and genealogy lookups are here. The BANQ explains the rich data that can be found thanks to the system of French notaries here.

Divorces in Ontario and Québec 1841-1967

The Canada Gazette also published notices of divorce, which got me really excited for a while, but I was only able to find Notices of Divorce where at least one party was from Quebec or Ontario. Unfortunately, work on digitizing the Gazette has stopped, and this site is archived, so it’s unlikely there will be more coming in future.

French genealogical word list – Family Search

Sometimes, even if you manage to make out the handwriting, the word you’re left with is so obscure that you’re still in the dark. Family Search to the rescue. In their usual extremely thorough way, they’ve written an expansive wiki and provided information on key genealogical words from A to Z.

Justice Québec – Search for judicial district

If you’re looking for notarial records, you’ll need to find the right judicial district. Enter the name of the town here to find it.

New France – Canadian Encyclopedia

Everyone approaches genealogy differently, and for different reasons. For me, genealogy helps me see historical events with a new perspective – through the eyes of our ancestors. Here’s a good summary of the establishment of New France (Quebec).

Script tutorial – Brigham Young University

Sooner or later, you’ll come across the perfect storm of illegibility. Here’s some help on the study of handwriting and the deciphering of manuscripts, aka paleography. The site offers help in English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Latin.