Shefford County, Quebec Genealogy

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Guide to Shefford county ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

HISTORY[edit | edit source]

Shefford is a township located in the province of Quebec . It is part of the Upper Yamaska ​​Regional County Municipality in the administrative area of Montérégie . The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 6,711. The township completely encircles the city of Waterloo.

Populated Places Table[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 5


FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE



Bonsecours         Link   Link
Boscobel         Link   Link
Béthanie         Link   Link
Béthel         Link   Link
Dalling        Link   Link
Ely    Canton   Link   Link
Frost-Village       Link   Link
Granby         Link   Link
Granby     Township    Link    Link
Lawrenceville       Link   Link
Maricourt           Link    Link
Milton    Canton   Link   Link
Milton-East            Link   Link
Milton-Est          Link     Link
North Shefford         Link    Link 
North-Stukely        Link   Link
Roxton    Canton    Link    Link
Roxton-Falls       Link   Link
Roxton-Pond        Link   Link
Roxton-Sud         Link   Link
Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby        Link   Link
Saint-Joachim-de-Shefford          Link   Link
Saint-Valérien-de-Milton        Link   Link
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle         Link   Link
Sainte-Cécile-de-Milton        Link   Link
Sainte-Pudentienne        Link   Link
Savage's Mill        Link
Shefford    Canton    Link   Link
Shefford-Vale        Link
South Ely          Link   Link
South Roxton       Link
South Stukely         Link
Stukely     Canton    Link   Link
Stukely-Sud         Link   Link
Val-Shefford        Link   Link
Valcourt         Link   Link
Valcourt    Canton    Link   Link
Warden        Link   Link
Waterloo         Link    Link
West Shefford         Link   Link

Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Usually vital records (birth, marriage, and death) are found in civil registration and church records. In Quebec until 1900, civil (government) registration was kept by the churches, with a duplicate provided to the government. There are three ways to access these records:

1) church records in the Drouin collection, available online,
2) civil register duplicates of church records in the Quebec Library and Archives system, and
3) the records of the Family History Library (FamilySearch), online and microfilmed.

Civil Registration in the Quebec Library and Archives[edit | edit source]

In Quebec, the civil registers of births (baptisms), marriages and deaths (burials), which date from 1621, were duplicate copies of the church registers. This third source all of the pre-1900 records can be consulted at each of the nine regional offices of Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

Writing for Birth, Marriage, and Death Records After 1900[edit | edit source]

Directeur de l'état civil
2535, boulevard Laurier
Sainte-Foy, Quebec
G1V 5C5
  • For application forms, fee information, and identification requirements, click here.
  • Only the person named in the record or that person's legal representative may have access to civil registration and civil copies of church records after 1900. Direct descendants qualify as representatives.

See also Quebec Civil Registration, for information on published vital records.

Church Records: The Drouin Collection[edit | edit source]

Among other records, this database includes all the church records for the province of Quebec, that is, for the Adventist, Anglican, Apostolic, Baptist, Christ Church, Christian Brethren, Christian Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ, Church of England, Church of Scotland, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Free Church, Greek Orthodox, Holiness Movement, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Romanian Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Protestant, Russian Orthodox, Salvation Army, Unitarian, United Church, and Universalist denominations.  The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on.  They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

For more information, see The Drouin Collection: Six Databases.

The FamilySearch Collection[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has microfilmed the entire collection of civil records in the Quebec Library and Archives.

Online Databases[edit | edit source]

Many of the parish (church) records have been digitized and posted online. They are only partially indexed, so browsing the original records is more effective:

Microfilmed Church/Civil Records[edit | edit source]

All of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Québec,Shefford. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Québec,Shefford . This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census[edit | edit source]

Census records can play an important role in identifying all members of a family. They then guide your search in the vital records because you have more clues as to who you are looking for.

Emigration and Immigration Records[edit | edit source]

Reading French Records[edit | edit source]

  • It's easier than you think! You do not have to be fluent in French to use these records, as there is only a limited vocabulary used in them. By learning a few key phrases, you will be able to read them adequately. Here are some resources for learning to read French records.
French Genealogical Word List
French Handwriting.
  • There is a three-lesson course in reading French Records:
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 1: The French Alphabet,
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 2: Key Words and Phrases
Reading French Handwritten Records Lesson 3: Reading French Records