French Translation Resources



General Glossaries:

Voyageur Terminology:

Paleography Practice

  • “Alphabet Chart,” ScriptTutorial from BYU offers alphabet charts you can compare to your sample documents.

Translation Guides



Vital Records

  • When did Quebec start requiring vital records?
    • The required civil recording of vital records began in 1994. Genealogy Quebec has a great blog post on this subject.

Land Records

  • Who holds land records?
    • While land registries (extent since the early 19th century) may trace current ownership, land transactions – or deeds – are part of the records of the notary and date back centuries earlier.

Language History:

Baptismal Records:

Burial Records: