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This database is available in French, English & Spanish. When searching be sure to use the "Search Form", it will provide applicable records. Some examples of available records:

  • Coroners' inquests in the judicial districts of Beauce (1862-1947), Charlevoix (1862-1944), Montmagny (1862-1952), Québec (1765-1930) and Saint-François ( Sherbrooke) (1900-1954)
  • Jail logs of Québec City prisons in the 19th century
  • Preliminary inquiries in the judicial district of Québec, 1897-1927

    List of Canadian Prisoners 1695
    Ransomed by Quebec

    List of Canadian Prisoners 1748
    Sundry English prisoners, brought in from Louisburg by Aylmer Gravill, in the Schooner Brittania, who were transported there from Canada.
  • British Columbia

    Convict Deaths in the British Columbia Penitentiary, 1875 - 1916

    Prisons of British Columbia for the Year Ending 31st October 1884

    • Prisoners Liberated from Lytton Gaol
    • Prisoners Remaining in Nanaimo Gaol
    • Prisoners Liberated from Nanaimo Gaol
    • Prisoners Remaining in New Westminster Gaol
    • Prisoners Who Died in New Westminster Gaol
    • Prisoners Liberated from New Westinster Gaol
    • Prisoners Remaining in Victoria Gaol
    • Prisoners Who Died in Victoria Gaol
    • Prisoners Liberated from Victoria Gaol
    • Prisoners Confined in Yale Gaol
    1881 Census of Convicts at the BC Penitentiary
    Thirty-seven convicts are identified on the 1881 census by an asterisk in the right column of the return. Of these, eleven were Chinese or of Chinese ancestry, and four or five were Aboriginal.

    Boot Hill: Stories from the British Columbia Penitentiary Cemetery
    • Index of individuals buried in the cemetery
    • Wardens of the BC Penitentiary: 1912 - 1968
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