This is a page of resources for the province of Quebec.
Quebec joined Confederation on July 1, 1867, one of the original 4 provinces.
BANQ – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.