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{{FamilySearch Collection|CID=CID1471015 |title=Quebec Notarial Records|location=Canadian}}  
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{{FamilySearch Collection
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|title=Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This collection contains records dating from 1800 to 1900.  
 
This collection contains records dating from 1800 to 1900.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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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,&nbsp;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.  
 
The Quebec notarial records in this collection are images of bound documents. Most of the records are handwritten in French. Generally,&nbsp;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.  
  
===  Record Content  ===
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In Quebec, "notaires" (notaries) have registered contracts since 1626. These include deeds, wills, marriage contracts, and other records. The persons involved in the contracts received the originals. The notaries kept copies. The copies are called "minutes."&nbsp;
  
Notarial records contain a variety of acts. This collection may have the following:
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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.&nbsp;
  
[[Image:QuebecNotarial4506823page1.jpg|thumb|right]]
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Notarial records are usually listed by the name of the notary and the dates he functioned. They are not normally indexed by the names of the persons involved in the contract.&nbsp;
  
* Marriage contracts
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Notarial records are first sent to the judicial archives, but they are eventually deposited in the branches of the Archives Nationales du Québec.
* Wills
 
* Deeds
 
* Inventories
 
* Agreements and settlements
 
* Transfers of property
 
* Donations (pre-wills)
 
* Legal documents
 
* Guardian records
 
* Indenture records
 
  
The various acts contain a variety of information important to family history. The names of siblings, wives, and children and other information about family relationships can be found in notarial records. The type and quality of this information depends on the type of act and the items it covered.&nbsp; <br>  
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Most legal contracts in Quebec had to be notarized by a notary. So the majority of such documents can be found in collections of notarial records. However, marriages were often preformed by the Catholic church and were sometimes not notarized, so when looking for marriage contracts, it is advisable to check church records as well.
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These documents are generally reliable depending on the information provided by those who participated in the&nbsp;creation of the documents.
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1471015/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->District notaries. Quèbec notarial records. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Quèbec, Canada.<!--bibdescend--> }}
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[[Quebec Notarial Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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<gallery>
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Image:Quebec Notarial Records DGS 4506823 35 Notary Record with translation.jpg|Notarial Record
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</gallery>
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<br> Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following information:
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*Date of Notary
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*Name of deceased
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*Name of spouse, children, heirs, family members
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*Date of marriage
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*Date of Death
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*Age
  
 
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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<br> Notarial records contain a variety of acts. This collection may have the following:
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*Marriage contracts
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*Wills
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*Deeds
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*Inventories
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*Agreements and settlements
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*Transfers of property
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*Donations (pre-wills)
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*Legal documents
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*Guardian records
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*Indenture records
  
Notarial records for each notary are usually arranged chronologically, so records with the most value to the family historian are mixed with other written agreements such as conveyances of land and other property, bonds for the payment of money, and deeds of partnership. Some early marriage contracts were prepared by priests and may not be in the notarial records. <br>
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The various acts contain a variety of information important to family history. The names of siblings, wives, and children and other information about family relationships can be found in notarial records. The type and quality of this information depends on the type of act and the items it covered.
  
To make your search easier, try to narrow down the time period and the possible location for the records you are looking for. This collection is set up for browsing (you cannot use the search feature to find a specific individual), and you may have to browse through several records before finding the records you need.&nbsp;
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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Notarial records for each notary are arranged chronologically, so records with the most value to the family historian are mixed with other written agreements such as conveyances of land and other property, bonds for the payment of money, and deeds of partnership. Some early marriage contracts were prepared by priests and may not be in the notarial records.
  
== Collection History  ==
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'''Beginning Your Search '''
  
In Quebec, "notaires" (notaries) have registered contracts since 1626. These include deeds, wills, marriage contracts, and other records. The persons involved in the contracts received the originals. The notaries kept copies. The copies are called "minutes."<br><br>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.
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Before you begin your search, it is helpful to know the following information:
  
Notarial records are usually listed by the name of the notary and the dates he functioned. They are not normally indexed by the names of the persons involved in the contract.<br>
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*Ancestor's name  
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*Place of residence
  
Notarial records are first sent to the judicial archives, but they are eventually deposited in the branches of the Archives Nationales du Québec.<br><br>  
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<br> '''Searching the Images '''
  
== Population Coverage  ==
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the “Judicial District” category<br> ⇒Select the “Notary, Record Type, Years and File Numbers” category which will take you to the images.
  
Most legal contracts in Quebec had to be notarized by a notary. So the majority of such documents can be found in collections of notarial records. However, marriages were often preformed by the Catholic church and were sometimes not notarized, so when looking for marriage contracts, it is advisable to check church records as well.  
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Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
== Collection Reliability  ==
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'''Can't Find Information?'''
  
These documents are generally reliable depending on the information provided by&nbsp;those who participated in the&nbsp;creation of the documents.  
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*Try to narrow down the time period and the possible location for the records you are looking for. This collection is set up for browsing (you cannot use the search feature to find a specific individual), and you may have to browse through several records before finding the records you need.
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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== Related Websites ==
  
 
[http://www.banq.qc.ca/accueil/ Bibliotètque et Archives Nationale Du Québec]  
 
[http://www.banq.qc.ca/accueil/ Bibliotètque et Archives Nationale Du Québec]  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Quebec Notarial Records|Quebec Notarial Records]]<br>  
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*[[Quebec|Quebec]]
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*[[Quebec Notarial Records|Quebec Notarial Records]]<br>
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.<br>
 
 
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.  
 
 
 
==== Example of a Citation for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
  
"Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://familysearch.org https://familysearch.org:]) accessed 2 June 2011). entry for Anna Frierson Bauchauau and Patrick Macquisteu, property transfered, 12 June 1877; citing Notary Records, Montreal, Alfred G. Isaacson, Actes de noraire, 1877, 4001-4191, Image 7; Quebec norarial records, la Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec, Canada.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Quebec notarial records, 1800-1900" index and images, FamilySearch ([http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]).Quebec notarial records, la Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (divers endroits).<!--bibdescend-->
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"Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900." images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https&nbsp;: accessed 14 June 2012). Louis Falardeau, Actes de notaire, 1856-1857, 601-800 &gt; Image 1 of 934l; Robert Buthaman, agreement to lease, dated 10 March 1856; Quebec norarial records. Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec, Canada.

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Record Description

This collection contains records dating from 1800 to 1900.

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. These include deeds, wills, marriage contracts, and other records. 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. 

Notarial records are usually listed by the name of the notary and the dates he functioned. They are not normally indexed by the names of the persons involved in the contract. 

Notarial records are first sent to the judicial archives, but they are eventually deposited in the branches of the Archives Nationales du Québec.

Most legal contracts in Quebec had to be notarized by a notary. So the majority of such documents can be found in collections of notarial records. However, marriages were often preformed by the Catholic church and were sometimes not notarized, so when looking for marriage contracts, it is advisable to check church records as well.

These documents are generally reliable depending on the information provided by those who participated in the creation of the documents.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

District notaries. Quèbec notarial records. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Quèbec, Canada.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content


Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include the following information:

  • Date of Notary
  • Name of deceased
  • Name of spouse, children, heirs, family members
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of Death
  • Age



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

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

The various acts contain a variety of information important to family history. The names of siblings, wives, and children and other information about family relationships can be found in notarial records. The type and quality of this information depends on the type of act and the items it covered.

How to Use the Record

Notarial records for each notary are arranged chronologically, so records with the most value to the family historian are mixed with other written agreements such as conveyances of land and other property, bonds for the payment of money, and deeds of partnership. Some early marriage contracts were prepared by priests and may not be in the notarial records.

Beginning Your Search

Before you begin your search, it is helpful to know the following information:

  • Ancestor's name
  • Place of residence


Searching the Images

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the “Judicial District” category
⇒Select the “Notary, Record Type, Years and File Numbers” category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Can't Find Information?

  • Try to narrow down the time period and the possible location for the records you are looking for. This collection is set up for browsing (you cannot use the search feature to find a specific individual), and you may have to browse through several records before finding the records you need.

Related Websites

Bibliotètque et Archives Nationale Du Québec

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900." images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org https : accessed 14 June 2012). Louis Falardeau, Actes de notaire, 1856-1857, 601-800 > Image 1 of 934l; Robert Buthaman, agreement to lease, dated 10 March 1856; Quebec norarial records. Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec, Canada.