Are you keeping up with our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown? Remember, there are now a whopping 12 free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th.
Quebec is an unusual case in family history, as it had no civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths until as late as 1994. That means the province’s church registers are the most comprehensive records of all but the most recent events. Our collection reveals over 14 million baptisms, marriages and burials across four centuries of history.
Like most parish registers, our Quebec records are largely handwritten. This can make them difficult to read, particularly if they were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. It can help if you create an alphabet chart – go through the entire document, and copy down upper and lower case examples of each letter. You can then refer to your chart when you come up against more difficult words.
Come back tomorrow for free access to our 1930 United States Federal Census.
* Each collection will become available to search for free from 7am BST on the relevant day. All collections will be available to search until 12 midnight BST on 15 October 2011. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.