Quebec Notarial Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1920
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Record Description
Record Type Notorial Records
Collection years 1800-1920
Languages French
Title in the Language Québec, actes de notaires
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Bibliothèque et Archive Nationales du Québec



What is in This Collection?

This collection contains notarial records dating from 1800 to 1920. This collection contains vital records including births, marriages, deaths, and a card index. These images are provided with the cooperation of Bibliothèque and Archives Nationales du Québec.

Notarial records contain a variety of legal acts. This collection may contain the following:

  • Marriage contracts
  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Inventories
  • Agreements and settlements
  • Transfers of property
  • Donations (pre-wills)
  • Legal documents
  • Guardian records
  • Indenture records

The following districts are included in the collection:

  • Bedfored
  • Bonaventure
  • Chicoutimi
  • Hull
  • Iberville
  • Joliette
  • Montmagny
  • Montréal
  • Québec
  • Roberval
  • Saguenay
  • Saint-François
  • Saint-Hyacinthe
  • Terrebonne

Notarial records (actes notariés or minutes de notaire) are records prepared by a notary (notaire or protonotaire, but sometimes tabellion or scrivener). Notaries are important officials in Quebec, Louisiana, France, and other countries where a civil code based on Roman law is in force. Among other matters, notarial records deal with estates and inheritances.

The Quebec notarial records in this collection are images of bound documents. Most of the records are handwritten in French. Generally, the records begin with a title page that gives the date and time the record was made, the name of the notary, and the parties involved. In Quebec, "notaires" (notaries) have registered contracts since 1626. The persons involved in the contracts received the originals. The notaries kept copies. The copies are called "minutes."

Each document in a notary's minutes gives at least the name of the notary, the date and place the document was prepared, the names and addresses of the persons involved, and the names and addresses of the witnesses. The ages and relationships of the witnesses and the persons involved are sometimes included.

Reading These Records

These records are in French. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1920.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Notorial

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Name of spouse, children
  • Names of heirs and other family members
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of death
  • Date of notary

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The name of a relative or date of the event

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Judicial District
  2. Select Notary, Record Type, Years and File Numbers to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index. To find a copy of the original record, visit the Bibliothèque et Archive Nationales du Québec page
  • Use the information you have found to find the person in census records
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This can help you find possible relatives
  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • They might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

Record Finder

Consult the Quebec Record Finder Table to find other records

Citing this Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Québec Actes notariés,1800-1920." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 April 2017. Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Sainte-Foy (Quebec National Library and Archives, Sainte-Foy).
Image Citation:
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