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A Guide to Court Records

Montreal Court House – Palais de Justice

Online resources found on BAnQ

Judicial archives guide

Guide to Court Records, Evelyn Kolish, 2017, 99 p. [PDF – 1.16 Mo]

BAnQ has close to 21 kilometres of court records in its 10 centres, dating back to the middle of the 17th century. These records constitute an historical archival fonds of remarkable depth and continuity, that enables researchers to study how Québec society has changed from its origins to the present day.

Created by courts throughout Québec, these records are preserved in the BAnQ regional centre closest to their point of origin. Because they show how different aspects of daily life have changed, both over time and by region, they can give sometimes highly detailed information about the past. This information can provide many different paths of inquiry: into specific people and events, as well as into broader social, economic and political phenomena – not to mention the judicial system itself! The Guide to Court Records will give researchers an overview of how the courts themselves and the records they create have changed over the past four centuries. Furthermore, for practical purposes, the Guide is based specifically on the court records preserved in BAnQ’s regional centres

Below is a copy of the document the above text refers to.

Montreal Archives Property Assessments 1847-2003

Évaluation foncière 1847-2003

Property assessment 1847-2003
4,606 online listings

3723 documents textuels (registres). – Environ 3800 microfiches. – 957 microfilms. – 12 boîtes.

3,723 documents (registers) – About 3,800 microfiches. – 957 microfilms – 12 boxes

Portée et contenu     
La série renseigne essentiellement sur l’évaluation foncière dans les
différents quartiers de la Ville de Montréal, de 1847 à 2003 inclusivement. Le rôle d’évaluation permet d’établir le montant des taxes municipales à partir d’un taux fixé par règlement par le conseil municipal.

Content of dossiers                                                                          The collection addresses the property assessment from 1847 to 2003 in various districts of the city of Montreal.

Chaque propriété listée dans le rôle d’un quartier possède un numéro de compte unique à huit chiffres, dont les deux premiers réfèrent au quartier.

Les autres informations disponibles sont l’adresse civique, le cadastre, le nom du ou des propriétaire(s) et la valeur de la propriété, résultat de l’évaluation de la bâtisse et du terrain.

Each property listed within various districts was assigned with an assessment number of eight digits, the first two being the district number. Additional information includes the street address, the cadastral number, the name or names of owner or owners in addition to the monetary value of said property.

La série comprend les registres originaux sur papier pour les périodes 1847-1934, 1963-1978 et l’année 1987. Les rôles d’évaluation pour les périodes 1847-1962 et 1979-1986 ont été microfilmés. Les rôles d’évaluation pour la période 1963-1978 et l’année 1987 sont disponibles uniquement en format papier (registre). Pour les années 1988 à 2003, les rôles ont été microfilmés.

Fonds includes the original dossiers of 1847-1934,1973-1978 and the year of 1987 in their original paper formats. The periods of 1847-1934,1973-1978 and 1987 are available on microfilms.

Les documents sont en français et en anglais.

Documents are available in either the French or English languages.

Archives de Montréal  Consultation Téléphone : 514-872-1173 / 514-872-2615

Opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Catalogue of dossiers

Researched and compiled by
Jacques Gagné



Montreal Archives Collection
Our collection of thematic files (VM166) is now available online. Well known to our regular researchers, who formerly had to come and consult it on microfilm at our offices, this collection is extremely rich in information relating to municipal administration and

The database below consists of property assessments available at the repository of Montreal Archives.

The subject matter of property assessments is often overlooked by family lineage researchers and some are not aware of the existence of Archives Montreal.

17th Century – Settlement in New France The port of La Rochelle where new settlers boarded ships sailing to New France

Settlement of New France during the 17th century / Peuplement de la Nouvelle-France au 17e siècle

This dossier addresses the origin of French Canadians, Acadians, and Franco Americans, and those who recruited them to settle in New France.


  • BnF Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France) in Paris (Online dossiers (free))
  • BnF Catalogue général (Bibliothèque nationale de France- two main libraries in Paris
  • BAnQ Catalogue –12 repositories across the province.
  • BAnQ Numérique (Online dossiers (free)
  • BAnQ Collections (Online dossiers (collections) addressing New France & Québec –  the people who made a difference.
  • MemHOuest – Université de Rennes –  Master Theses – various universities of France who researched the origin in North West France of immigrants bound for the North American French Colonies from 1598 onward.
  • Revue d’histoire – Outre-Mers – Essays, dissertations, papers by college and university professors of France who published texts addressing the immigrants from mostly North West France  destined to the French Colonies of North America including Nouvelle-France, Acadie, Louisiane of the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Les Cahiers des Dix –the best and most influential historians and authors of the French language in Québec province –  1920s onward..
  • Les Sept aux Archives nationales du Canada in Ottawa. The most prominent French language historians associated with Library Archives Canada and Université d’Ottawa  for the  past 60+ years.
  • University History professors – Cambridge University, Université de Paris à La Sorbonne, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, University of Moncton who wrote about New France and Acadia.
  • Société royale du Canada (Royal Society of Canada) based in part in Ottawa- historians who also addressed  New France, Acadia, Louisiana and France.

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Physicians of Quebec 1760 – 1800

The doctor is making an incision using a scalpel.

History of Medicine in the Province of Quebec

1760 – 1800

The following database consists of biographical sketches of surgeons, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who made a difference in the early years of Quebec. Information is gleaned from these books:

Medicale au vieux Trois Rivières  

Visages du vieux Trois Rivières,

Medicine in the Province of Quebec,

Hotel-Dieu de Montreal



along with many biographical sketches, theses, and memoirs.

The database includes numerous authors who wrote about the history of medicine, the doctors involved in military operations in Quebec, the hospitals, and the diseases of the time.

An extensive list of repositories from Canada and France was used in this database.

Medical Instruments

The Great Educators in New France 1608-1760

Education in Quebec dates back to the mid-17th century with primary schools run by religious orders in major cities of New France, including Quebec City, Montréal and Trois-Rivières. Secondary education also began during the 17th century with the establishment of the Séminaire de Québec (Seminary of Quebec) in 1635. After 1680 the Séminaire offered more advanced courses, notably in law, mathematics and surveying

The ‘’teachers’’ in the following  database below are those that are featured in the following archives or web pages :

  • BAnQ – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • (University of Toronto / Université Laval)
  • Fichier Origine
  • Mes Aieux
  • Archives de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame
  • Archives du Monastère des Augustines
  • Archives des Ursulines du Québec
  • Archives des Jésuites du Québec
  • Archives des Récollets du Québec
  • Archives des Sulpiciens du Québec
  • Archiv-Histo – Parchemin
  • Archives Ville de Montréal
  • Presses de l’Université Laval
  • Presses de l’Université de Montréal
  • Érudit
  • Septentrion
  • Éditions du Boréal

The authors, historians, professors  selected in the following database have published books, essays, dissertations, treatises, papers, studies, discourses, biographies addressing ‘’teachers in New France’

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Today’s classroom

The Irish Catholic Churches in Quebec City

The Celtic cross that stands in Artillery Park on McMahon Street in Quebec City is the property of Irish Heritage Quebec. The cross is a gift from Ireland to the people of Quebec in memory of their generosity and compassion during the period of the Great Migration of the 19th century.

The Cross was donated by the Irish philanthropist James Callery, founder of the Strokestown Park and Famine Museum in County Roscommon, Ireland. A recognized sign of Irish identity, the Celtic cross stands near what was the site of the first Irish parish in Canada. The monument is part of a larger plan to recognize and develop Irish heritage in Old Quebec.

The following database contains a wealth of information that may be found in the numerous Contents of Catholic Church documents 1877-1918


Notre Dame de Quebec: In the date list of 1894

January – December –Index of Baptisms and Marriages

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Hospitals in New France 1639-1760

Hotel-Dieu de Montreal

The following database: New France Hospitals / Nouvelle-France Hôpitaux details the lives of 207 surgeons, doctors, nurses, and apothecaries.

The sources in order of importance;

  • BAnQ Numérique
  • BAnQ Advitam
  • BAnQ Advitam-Numérique
  • Archives de la Nouvelle-France – Library Archives Canada / Bibliothèque Archives du Canada
  • ANOM- Archives nationales d’outre-mer (France)
  • Fichier Origine
  • BnF Gallica – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris)
  • Gisèle Monarque, historian and genealogist
  • Maud E. Abbott, historian
  • Raymond Douville, historian
  • Marcel J. Rhéault, historian
  • Maria Mondoux, historian
  • Renald Lessard, historian and archivist
  • Including references to books as noted within the database.

Among the three major hospitals in New France (Nouvelle-France); Hôpital Hôtel Dieu de Québec, Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu de Trois-Rivières, the one with the worst surviving original documents is  the Hôtel Dieu de Montréal as it was destroyed by fire on three occasions : 1695, 1721, 1734.

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The Quebec Act

Governor James Murray & Governor Guy Carleton & Monsignor Jean-Olivier Briand at Quebec City and the Quebec Act

The following database contains information about the province of Quebec  from the time of the 1759 British Conquest at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City until Confederation.

Consisting of :

Information about the key players and the implementaion of the Quebec Act of 1774.

A link to a copy of the Quebec Act.

Authors who wrote biographical sketches about those whomade a difference., those who wanted to have an inclusive society in 1759 in British Quebec and those who did not.

Authors who wrote historical accounts,  immigration of those seeking a better future and the consequences of the Quebec Act of 1774.

Genealogy Resource links.

History links

Canadian Repositories

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Garrison Anglican Church Montreal 1760- 1764

Rev. John Ogilvie’s Baptismal and Marriage Records


The following database consists of extensive records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths by the Reverend John Ogilvie and Ministers at the Garrison Anglican Chuch in Montreal, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres, and Sorel.

A list of Protestant Cemeteries is included, followed by numerous authors who have written about the lives of Ministers and Governors of the time.

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