Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tip: Using FamilySearch to Order French-Canadian Records

Most genealogists start by reviewing the same set of records, no matter what country they are researching: census, vital and church records, land records, probate files, military records, newspapers, and city directories. For French Canada, census records, military records, newspapers, and city directories may be online. But how do you find land and probate records?

You can order many land and probate records (called notaire records in Quebec) on microfilm and have them sent to the Family History Center at Godfrey.  To do so, go to www.familysearch.org and follow the instructions below.

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First, "sign in." If you don't have an account, you can create one by clicking on "Free Account." Once you are signed in, you'll be brought back to the main page. Click on "Search," and then "Catalog."

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Enter Canada and then the province name under "Place."

Entering "Canada, Quebec" and then clicking on "land and property" results in a number of titles related to the topic.

For example, click on Land Records, 1754-1857. Clicking on the title brings up a page about the item. Going to the bottom of page, you can see how the land records are available.

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This particular set of records is available on microfilm. Once you see the years you need, click on the film reel to order that roll.

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Follow directions to add it to your cart and have it shipped. Hope to see you soon at our Family History Center!

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