One source for Quebec Marriages is what is called the Loiselle Marriage Index – two reasons to talk about it – because the guy that did was is a “cousin” but also because it is the pathway to the marriage record, which provides a great resarch source for genealogy research in Quebec.
Although I didn’t know it when I first started using the Loiselle Index in my genealogy research, it turns out that Antonin Loiselle is a “cousin” of mine – well 7th cousin twice removed actually.
Antonin Loiselle was born 4 Jan 1908 in Upton QC and died 13 Aug 1986 in Laval QC. He was son of Raphael Loiselle and Philomene Lemay who were married in 1890 in Upton QC. Antonin entered the seminary in 1926 in Sherbrooke and made his profession of faither in 1927. He was ordained in 1932.
He spent his leisure time transcribing and indexing marriage records. As he worked in various parts of the province (and the index also includes some New England states), he was able to access records from many parishes. He kept a card index of many thousands of names. In all, 460 parishes’ registers are included.
Civil marriage registration in Quebec didn’t start until 1926 and all marriages in Quebec had to be in the church until 1969 – making the Quebec churches, civil registrations too. The marriage records are excellent resource for hobby genealogists like me because they give the name of the bride and groom, all four of their parents and the place of the wedding. These are recorded in the marriage index.
And you can find these marriages based on just the surname (either the males surname or the female’s surname) and then you can find the locations – and from locations you can pull the fiches – or go visit the church directly even – to find the original marriage certificate and perhaps birth and death records from there! Sometimes you have to sort through because the records are listed by surname, then parish, then first name. Luckily Loiselle and Sinotte aren’t that common as a surname but many “first names” were used frequently. And the baptism names weren’t necessarily the commonly used names.
The Loiselle indexes are now available on line, through the LDS on microfilm and most genealogy libraries have this.
The Loiselle Marriage Index is available at an LDS history centre near your home, or at local libraries, and also available on line at www.familysearch.com.
I highly recommend looking at the original marriage record, to validate what was recorded on the indexes but even more so because of all the additional information that you can learn about the people that got married from where they were born, where they lived at time of marriage, their occupation at the time of marriage, who were witnesses at the marriage, and even to see written signatures (or not) of your ancestors and the other attendees at the wedding that were able to sign.
The witnesses were frequently family members and are clues to relationships that you may find later.