Despite the wealth of information available to family historians on the Web, books are still a needed and valuable resource. The JGS-Montreal web site features Book Reviews to help guide you to the real gems that are available.
Do you have a favorite book? Perhaps you would like to contribute a short review.
The foods we love often strenghten our ties to parents, grandparents and even ancestors we never met. The smells of food from our childhood can bring back vivid memories. Members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal have shared their most loved recipes (and often their background) in our COOKBOOK.
Guide to Marriage Records in Quebec
A guide to Religious, Civil and Health Department marriage records in Quebec covering 1841 to present.
Canadian Naturalization Records – 1914-1951
- Phase I of this project digitized and indexed 200,000 1914-1932 Canadian
Naturalizations (both Jewish and non-Jewish). The index is online at the
Centre's (CGC) web site
Library and Archives Canada.
This index, the result of thousands of hours of work by JGS-Montreal volunteers, allows searching for Canadian naturalization by name with the information returned including city and date of naturalization, occupation, and naturalization certificate number. Using this information, it is often possible to positively identify ancestors and
order their complete naturalization file.
The story of how this project started was published in
- Phase 2 of the project to index 1932-1951
naturalizations is in progress - totalling about 400,000 records. All of the printed images have been
digitized and effective October 15, 2010 can be searched by date at the
Canadian Genealogy Centre.
Indexing the 400,00 records by JGS-Montreal volunteers is in progress.
- See our research guide
to learn how to search and order naturalization records.
An edition of the
Forum is available.
Unfortunately, due to other commitments, our editor had to resign last
year. However, other projects notwithstanding, she has managed to put out a final edition.
Montreal and Quebec Province Vital Records
Together all of these resources have now given us an unprecedented
capability to research Jewish families and re-unite long-lost
- Several years ago, the JGS of Montreal indexed over
records for the Jewish Community in Montreal and Quebec - part of the
"Drouin" collection of vital records. Copies of
these records are available from the Society. Read a description of the project and
review the Surname List.
- Our volunteers have almost completed a detailed
review of those records and have added the event date, the parents'
and place of birth where noted in the records. The expanded
and supplemented index will greatly increase our ability to locate
- We have also purchased indices to all Quebec
marriages and deaths for 1926-1996.
Montreal Cemetery Indices
- The Baron de Hirsch Cemetery Inc. and Affiliates
graciously provided the full database of over 54,000 burials at the de
la Savane cemetery and 6,500 burials at the Back River Memorial Gardens
Cemetery. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal has
submitted them to the JewishGen Online
Registry (JOWBR) and they are online. A Surname
List for all burials at the Back River is available.
- Thanks to several members of our Society, all
tombstones at the Back River Cemetery have been photographed, and pictures were submitted to JOWBR in 2015,
and updated in early 2016.
- In late 2015,
four sections of Eternal Gardens Memorial Park were photographed and indexed by Society members.
Over 1000 burial records were submitted to JOWBR.
- The small cemetery in Ste. Sophie, Quebec has
been fully indexed and is available with tombstone photos on JOWBR
- All JOWBR records and photos are also searchable at
on www.ancestry.ca and www.ancestry.com.
- Work is in progress to make indices available for
several other Montreal Jewish cemeteries in the very near future.
Other Indexing Projects
A number of other indexing projects are underway, some in conjunction
with the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National
Archives. They include the indexing of:
- The 1926 book, The
Jew In Canada
- Who's Who in
Canadian Jewry - 1967
- Family Who's Who
Ancestry.ca has a wealth of information for
family researcher, but it
can be expensive. However, the Jewish Public Library
has Ancestry available in the Library at no charge to users!
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Montreal funds its research and indexing projects as well as its
lecture series through membership fees and charges for vital records
and other services. Donations in support of
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