Posted by on 12 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, General, Record Collections

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.

See all our free record collections this month.

* 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 with your name and email address.


Gail Roger 

This would be delightful — if I could actually access the records! I find increasingly that I cannot do searches on Ancestry as the weekends draw near. I must assume that traffic gets too heavy, as I will get the “connecting” icon before the screen goes blank. Today, I would love to peek at the Quebec vital records to see if there is information on two of my husband’s relations who may have died there, but the link leads only to a blank screen after a rather long wait. Similar results for other searches today. Too bad. Isn’t much of an incentive to upgrade…

14 October 2011 at 4:55 pm
kathy youngman 

I would agree entirely with the above comment I have tried many times to access your site and free information on different days without any success at all. It just keeps going from connecting and then the screen going blank,
I agree – NOT A GOOD ADVERT to join your site!

15 October 2011 at 4:03 pm
Annabel Reeves 

Hi both, I’m so sorry you were having problems. We looked into this but were unable to replicate the issue. Please always call our Customer Service number (0800 404 97 23) if you are experiencing any issues with the site, and they will be able to help you.

17 October 2011 at 10:09 am