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Provincial Censuses[edit | edit source]

There are many early census records for the province of Québec. Most censuses from 1792 to 1842 list only the head of the household. Those censuses can help you find where families with a particular surname were living.

Province of Québec[edit | edit source]

Census Years:
Listed:

All members of the household.
All members of the household.

Library and Archives Canada[edit | edit source]

Partial censuses, various years, for a few areas of Quebec are available microfilm at the Library and Archives Canada: Finding Aid 300: Other census and related documents (1640 to 1945)

Various Indexes[edit | edit source]

Private researchers have indexed early censuses and other sources for the Eastern Townships region. For information, contact the Librarian of the Québec Family History Society.

Québec Family History Society
153 rue Ste-Anne6
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (Québec) H9X 1M5
Telephone: (514) 695-1502

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

Another useful source for finding census records for Québec is:

Reisinger, Joy. "Published Census Returns of Québec." Lost in Canada?: Canadian-American Query Exchange 17, number 3(summer 1994): 134–36. Family History Search WorldCat Extensive bibliography of printed censuses and lists of settlers, 1608–1825.

National Registration File of 1940[edit | edit source]

The National Registration File of 1940 resulted from the compulsory registration of all persons, 16 years of age or older, in the period from 1940 to 1946. This information was originally obtained under the authority of The National Resources Mobilization Act and the War Measures Act. Custody of the records was subsequently given to Statistics Canada, then known as the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.
As a result, the National Registration File of 1940 is not subject to the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act but is instead covered by the Privacy Act. According to this Act, when a person has been dead for more than 20 years, the information is no longer considered to be personal and can be disclosed.
  • A proof that the individual has been deceased for more than twenty years is requested (A death certificate is preferable. However, any document which indicates the date of death, for example an obituary notice, is acceptable.); please note that if 110 years have passed since the date of birth, we do not require proof of death.
  • A standard fee of $45.00 (plus applicable taxes) is charged for each search undertaken that is successful in locating the requested record.
  • For more information about this service, please contact statcan.censuspensionsearch-recherchesurpensionrec.statcan@canada.ca.[7]

Voters Lists[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library.
  2. Automated Genealogy, a free online service includes links to free images found at the Library and Archives Canada.
  3. Library Archives Canada, a free online service includes links to free images and partial indexes found at the Library and Archives Canada.
  4. Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving national and many provincial census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  5. Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving national and many provincial census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  7. "Searches of the National Registration File of 1940", Statistics Canada, https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/catalogue/93C0006, accessed 18 October 2020.


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Quebec Census, 1861 - FamilySearch Historical Records