This is a free database of Immigrants at Grosse Ile Quarantine Station (Quebec), from 1832 to 1937 provided by Library and Archives Canada. Free searches can be made by surname or given name.

“In the 19th century, an increasing stream of people was leaving Europe to rebuild their lives in North America. Around 1830, an average of 30,000 immigrants arrived annually in the City of Quebec, the main port of entry to Canada. Approximately two-thirds of these newcomers were from Ireland. This unprecedented immigration on the St. Lawrence River took place at a time when major cholera and smallpox epidemics were sweeping through Europe. In order to help control the spread of the diseases, the quarantine station at Grosse Ile, located in the St.¬†Lawrence River downstream from the City of Quebec, was established in 1832 and operated until its closure in 1937.
In 1974, the old quarantine station became a national historic site under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada. More information on Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada is available on the Parks Canada Web site.

Data on immigrants was compiled by Parks Canada from a number of different records held in various archives. Under an agreement between the Quebec Service Centre of Parks Canada and Library and Archives Canada, this database regarding immigrants who passed through Grosse Ile is now available on this website.

One of the benefits of this database is that it allows people to trace certain immigrants and the members of their family, from their departure from Europe, during their voyage across the Atlantic and their stay at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station, and then on their way to a destination within the continent.

The database contains 33,036 references to immigrants who stayed, were born, married or buried at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station between 1832 and 1937. The database also includes references to immigrants who were born or died at sea during those years. It also includes references to immigration workers and their families who were living on the island.

For better understanding of the database, the references have been grouped by the following type of records:

Baptisms recorded at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station. Information on 554 people baptized at Grosse Ile between 1832 and 1937.

Births that occurred at sea. Information on 135 people born on ships during the Atlantic crossing between 1837 and 1913.

Burials recorded at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station. Information about 4,871 people who were buried at Grosse Ile between 1832 and 1937.

Deaths that occurred at sea. Information on 4,936 people who died on ships at sea, on the St. Lawrence River or on quarantined ships at Grosse Ile, from 1832 to 1922.

Hospital Registers. Information on 12,196 people who were treated at the Grosse Ile hospitals between 1832 and 1921.

Inventory of belongings of deceased people. Information on 528 inventories of personal belongings of deceased immigrants from Grosse Ile or Quebec in 1834, 1835, 1837, 1841, 1847, 1849 and 1851.

List of tenants of Major Denis Mahon. Information on 1,431 tenants evicted in 1847 by Major Mahon, landlord of County Roscommon in Ireland.

Marriages recorded at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station. Information on 46 marriages that were celebrated at Grosse Ile from 1832 to 1937.

Names recorded on the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station Memorial. The Grosse Ile and the Irish Memorial was erected in 1997 to commemorate the massive arrival of Irish immigrants who were victims of the Great Famine. It provides the names of 8,339 people of various nationalities who were buried in the Grosse Ile cemeteries from 1832 to 1937.”


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