Genealogical/Research Resources

The Old Library houses the Eastern Townships Collection of the Bishop’s University Library, which includes the following types of resources:

  • published histories on the Eastern Townships
  • published and unpublished family histories 
  • maps 
  • Bishop’s University archives (i.e. The Campus, yearbooks, published histories on Bishop’s University, etc.) 
  • historical newspapers (on microfilm) 
  • census returns for the Eastern Townships (on microfilm) 
  • civil status registers from Protestant Churches in the Eastern Townships (on microfilm)
  • Lower Canada Land Petitions (on microfilm)

For more information on the Old Library, please visit the Old Library website.

For a complete list of the newspapers available along with links to those available online, please click here.

To view the Guide to Eastern Townships Genealogical Source Material at BU (1993), please click here.

Published Materials
To search the Old Library Collection online, please use the Bishop’s University Library’s online catalogue, BORIS. To narrow your search to the Old Library Collection, select “Old Library” in the “Location” field.

To help with your genealogical research, the Archives Department has prepared a list of online sources, classified as follows:

Cemetery indexes
Eastern Townships Newspapers Index
Eastern Townships Historical Societies
Free online Canadian Census Indexes
Other Websites of Interest to Genealogists

Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
J1M 1Z7

Vicky Martineau, Archivist
819-822-9600, ext. 2261

We strongly recommend that researchers who wish to visit the Archives Department make an appointment with the Archivist in advance to ensure that any material to be consulted can be retrieved and made available upon arrival.

The Consultation Room and Archivist’s Office are located in the Old Library, McGreer Hall building on the campus of Bishop’s University (identified as B12 on the campus map).  Researchers can visit the Old Library Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cemetery Indexes

Interment.netCemetery indexes from across the province
RootsWebCemetery indexes from the Eastern Townships (includes some cemeteries not listed at

Free online Canadian Census Indexes

Automated Genealogy

Canadian census indexes for 1851, 1901 and 1911

Family Search

Canadian census indexes for 1861, 1871 and 1881, along with other databases

Websites of Interest to Genealogists

Getting started: Websites with general research tips

"Searching Genealogical Records" (parts specific to research in the United States)
"History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy"

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Online resources such as church registers from the 1800s to 1914, notary registers, newspapers, photographs, etc.

Library and Archives Canada

- Ship passenger list indexes, Home Children indexes

- Canadian census indexes and images for 1825, 1831, 1842, 1851, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911

- Numerous other databases, research tips, etc.

Quebec Family History SocietyTheir Research section offers tips, resources and help for genealogists

Réseau de diffusion des archives du Québec

Researchers can search archival holdings from 93 repositories across the province (in French only).

Roots Web

Online family trees that can be searched.  Specific link for Eastern Townships sources.

Digitized historical books and publications



Family History Alive: Quebec Vital Records


Information on how vital records (births, marriages, and deaths) were recorded and kept in Quebec.