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History and Background[edit | edit source]

  • Directories are alphabetical lists of heads of households and addresses.
  • Some directories also give the wife's name and the family's address.
  • Directories can help you locate a family, especially when the family does not appear in the censuses.
  • Many city and county directories from the 1840s to the present are available.

Help With the Census[edit | edit source]

To use the census and most other lists efficiently, you should consult the city directories and find the family’s addresses, preferably before and after the year of the listing - people tend to move often in Québec cities. Be sure to check in the Street section, note the Ward or district, as well as the names of the cross streets, and anything else that will help locate the right “division” of what are often very large records.

Urban Areas[edit | edit source]

  • Directories are probably the most useful genealogical tool when hunting down the residents of the major urban areas.
  • There are a few early ones for Québec City.
  • Montréal’s first directory dates from 1819, but publication was not an annual event for many decades.
  • By the time of Confederation (1867) however, you will find annual directories for the large cities as well as rural or county Farmer’s Directories.[1]

Library and Archives Canada[edit | edit source]

Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) collection of directories includes national, provincial, territorial, as well as county and city directories, primarily of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in print, microform and electronic formats.


Library and Archives of Quebec[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has directories for:

Montreal[edit | edit source]

  • 1842-1999 - "Annuaires Lovell de Montréal et sa banlieue" includes directories of residents as well as street addresses, also online at Library and Archives of Quebec

City of Québec[edit | edit source]

Cities and Counties[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Available on 28 microfiches is Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory for 1871 Containing names of professionals and business men, and other inhabitants, of the cities, towns and villages, throughout the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island ... corrected to January 1871 (Montreal: J. Lovell [1871]).
  2. Bond, Mary E., Canadian Directories, 1790-1987: a bibliography and place-name index, 3 volumes (Ottawa: Library of Canada, 1989).