Some helpful research tips were in the fall edition of the Quebec Family History Society's newsletter, Connections, which I received the other day.
The first one was Quebec Newspapers Search on page 11, where you can check for BMDs in selected newspapers.
You are required to have a membership to the Bibliotheque at Archives nationales du Quebec <www.banq.qc.ca>, and then you can search online.
The membership is free, but you have to register.
The membership is only open to Quebec residents at present. The newspapers to check are the Montreal Gazette, The Quebec City Chronicle Telegraph, the Sherbrooke Record and the Stanstead Journal.
The second place to check is the online catalogue with the QFHS.
They have a system whereby you can borrow three books and/or five periodicals for up to three weeks, and the copy says "all members can borrow books from the library, no matter where you live."
You may not be aware but the QFHS has been putting names into a database - so much so that there are now over 1-million records in the database as of 1 January, 2009.
If you are a member, do not forget to check this fast growing database - it's invaluable in doing Quebec research.
Pennie Redmile is doing a notary database in Quebec.
Notaries handled various contacts of the day including wills, marriage contacts, land transactions etc and the Quebec archives hold their records up to c1899.
If you have a specific name, you can asked that it be looked up for free, but if want the accompanying documents, a fee of $10.00 will be charged to cover such costs as photocopies and postage.
You can contact Pennie at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
You do not have be a member to take advantage of this service.
The QFHS also offers a number of search features to the members, For example, you can ask that they look up a certain surname per cementery for $5.00, and they can also do in-depth research for you for $20.00 an hour.
Of course, you can enter the name you are looking for in their Ancestral Surname List and you can always go to their library at 173 Cartier Avenue, Point Claire (Montreal) Quebec to search on your own.
Go to their website <www.qfhs.ca> for more information.