The Loiselle Index – Marriages in Quebec

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

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.


4 Responses to “The Loiselle Index – Marriages in Quebec”

  1. Luis Rosas Guyon Says:

    My family tree includes a Marguerite Loiselle married to Antoine Guyon in St. Marc-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec on July 12th, 1825. Mrs. Loiselle was the daughter of Toussaint Loiselle and Josephte Tetrault. They would be my great-great-grandparents.
    Please let me know if you have any pertinent information.
    Thank you very much.

    Luis Rosas Guyon

    • karensinotte Says:

      Well hello cousin Luis.
      Let me know if you were looking for something specific. This is what I have about your Marguerite Loiselle

      1. Marguerite7 Loiselle-Sinotte (Toussaint6 Loiselle, Toussaint5, Jean-Baptiste4, Joseph3, Louis2 Loisel/Loysel, Louis1) was born 03 Dec 1798 in Beloeil, QC, and died 16 Oct 1881 in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC. She married (1) Pierre Poulet 26 Oct 1819 in Saint-Marc, Vercheres, QC, son of Pierre Poulet and Marie-Louise Ledoux. He was born 1790 in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, QC, and died 1821 in Beloeil, QC. She married (2) Antoine Guyon-Lemoine 12 Jul 1825 in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC. He was born 02 Aug 1804 in St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC, and died 11 Oct 1889 in St-Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC.

      Child of Marguerite Loiselle-Sinotte and Pierre Poulet is:
      2 i. Pierre8 Poulet, born 1822 in St. Marc, QC; died Aft. 1865 in QC.

      Children of Marguerite Loiselle-Sinotte and Antoine Guyon-Lemoine are:
      3 i. Antoine8 Lemoine, born 05 Jun 1826 in St. Marc, QC; died in Cuba.
      4 ii. Prosper Lemoine, born 1827 in Beloeil, QC; died Aft. 1856 in QC.
      5 iii. Toussaint Lemoine, born 30 Jul 1827 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC.
      6 iv. Marguerite Lemoine, born 18 Dec 1828 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC.
      7 v. Antoine Lemoine, born 1828 in Beloeil, QC; died Aft. 1858 in QC.
      8 vi. Odile Lemoine, born 1829 in Beloeil, QC; died Aft. 1881 in QC.
      9 vii. Celina Lemoine, born 26 Mar 1830 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC; died Aft. 1881 in QC.
      10 viii. Onesime Lemoine, born 1831 in Beloeil, QC; died Aft. 1900 in QC.
      11 ix. Jean-Treffle Lemoine, born 03 Nov 1833 in St. Marc, QC; died Aft. 1881 in QC. He married Louise Couillard 07 Jul 1858 in St. Charles, QC; born Bef. 1840.
      12 x. Victorine Lemoine, born 19 Aug 1835 in Beloeil, QC; died 26 Oct 1838 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC.
      13 xi. Louis Lemoine, born 14 Nov 1836 in St. Marc, QC; died Aft. 1851 in QC.
      14 xii. Joseph Frederic Lemoine, born 09 Jul 1839 in St-Marc, QC; died Aft. 1872 in QC. He married Helene Leblanc 02 Feb 1869 in St. Charles, QC; born Bef. 1851.
      15 xiii. Paul Guillon-Lemoine, born 11 Dec 1840 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC; died 19 May 1841 in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, QC.

  2. Nancy Says:

    Bonjour avez vous des information sur georgianna Loiselle Marie à Napoléon Landry.


    • karensinotte Says:

      This is what i have
      Georginna-Albertine10 Loiselle (Cyprien9, Cyprien8, Jean-Baptiste7, Jean-Baptiste6, Toussaint5, Joseph4, Joseph3, Louis2 Loisel/Loysel, Louis1) was born May 1891 in QC and died 09 Aug 1951 in St. Simon, QC. She married Napoleon-Stanislas Landry 1911 in QC . He was born Jul 1877 in QC, and died 11 May 1950 in St. Simon, QC.

      You have several “cousins” research the Landry’s so I hope that you have had a chance to connect with them.
      If you find anything else to add to this line, do let me know.


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