Church record vs government registration

A friend, who is an excellent Quebec genealogist, politely brought to my attention that I had incorrectly named the document in yesterday’s post, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s marriage record. I had confused the name of a government document with a church document.

I had described the document as a marriage record. It is correctly called an Enregistrement de mariage or Registration of Marriage. In my personal collection, I have also seen this document called a Declaration of Marriage. Since 1926, when anyone marries in the Province of Quebec, they must complete this government registration form. This is the official proof of marriage.

The marriage record is recorded by the person officiating the marriage, such as a priest, minister, or rabbi. One copy of this record is sent to the government and another copy stays with the church of the officiating person. In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton, since they married in 1954, their marriage record is not available to the public. The government Registration of Marriage document, however, is available and can be viewed in yesterday’s post.

Marriage registrations can be found in the Consolidated Index of Marriages 1926-1997. Access to this index is available at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Quebec Family History Society, and Société généalogique canadienne-française (members have online access), and online with a subscription to the Drouin Institute website databases.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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2 Responses to Church record vs government registration

  1. Susan Gingras Calcagni says:

    Also, on the Drouin Institute website registrations for death can be found for the same period 1926-1996.

    • Gail Dever says:

      You are right that you can find some transcribed details of a death registration, such as date of death, location, spouse’s name, but a copy of the actual Registration of Death is not available.

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