Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society HANDOUT

Class taught on 4 February 2012 by John Fisher-Poissant

 

How to Find and Get Notarial Documents from the Montreal Archives

 

All transactions and many family events required a document by a Notary. For genealogy research, we are interested in all Marriage Contracts, Wills, Donations to their children for support in their final years, and Inventories of all goods owned by the couple when one of them died. Also of interest are all the land concessions, purchases and sales, land exchanges and sales of inheritance rights (droits de succession). Some may also be interested in the engagement of voyagers, entering religious communities and many other documents.

 

Please read the LDS Research Guide at www.familysearch.org for Quebec, and then Notarial Records for a detailed explanation of sources of info on the Notaries and their records. It explains how to find the books and obtain the data.

 

TO OBTAIN THE INDEX INFO: Write a letter as follows.

Note: There may be hundreds of documents indexed. You may want to specify a geographical area such as Montreal or Laprairie.

The Archives will make copies of the output of their database search and print 6 indexes per page and charge you .25 cents a page plus the minimum charge of $3.25; so that 120 indexes (20 pages) will cost you $8.25. They will send you an invoice for the amount. You can mail them a check when you receive the info.

The database currently contains all index info up to 1784, and soon to be 1789.

 

ARCHIVES NATIONALES DU QUEBEC

Centre d’archives de Montreal

535, av. Viger Est

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

H2L 2P3

 

   Please send me copies of the index of Notarial documents from the Parchemin Database for the surname = Jacques Poissant

 

John Doe,   123 Main Street,   Anycity, USA 00045    Email: Jdoe@aol.com

 

CONTACTS: You may be contacted via email by the following group:

Research Team,  Direction du Centre de Montréal, des archives privées, judiciaires et civiles

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec 

Téléphone: (514) 873-1101 poste 6273                               Their website: www.banq.qc.ca

Fax: (514) 873-2980

You can also send for this info by email to: 

archives.montreal@banq.qc.ca   or archives.quebec@banq.qc.ca or archives.sherbrooke@banq.qc.ca  


TO OBTAIN THE DOCUMENTS: Write a letter as follows.

From the Index information, enter the Notary’s name in full, the district (MTL) the date of the record and a simple description.

The Archives will make copies of the documents and will charge you $3.25 CAN plus .25 cents a page; remember that most documents are 1, 2 or 3 pages long but some Inventories are 14 pages long. They will send you an invoice for the amount. You can mail them a check when you receive the info.

ARCHIVES NATIONALES DU QUEBEC

Centre d’archives de Montreal

535, av. Viger Est, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2L 2P3

 

Please send me a copy of the following Notarial Documents from the Montreal District;   17 April 2006

NOTARY                                           DATE               DESCRIPTION                    

Barette dit Courville, Mtl

4 Nov 1735

Vente de terre par Francois Poissant

Souste, A.                  Mtl

18 Jul 1746

Vente de terre at St Joseph a Claude Poissant

Souste, A.                  Mtl

27 Sep 1749

Mariage contract de Claude Poissant & Marie Lemieux

Lalanne, J., Mtl (1752-1767)

8 Apr 1779

Inventaire de Marie Lemieux & Claude Poissant

Merci beaucoup,

John R. Doe, 1595 North Avenue, Anycity, Vermont, USA, 05401-2433,   E_mail: jdoe@aol.com

CONTACTS: You may be contacted via email by the following group:

Research Team,  Direction du Centre de Montréal, des archives privées, judiciaires et civiles

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec 

Téléphone: (514) 873-1101 poste 6273                               Their website: www.banq.qc.ca

Fax: (514) 873-2980

You can also send for this info by email to: 

archives.montreal@banq.qc.ca   or archives.quebec@banq.qc.ca or archives.sherbrooke@banq.qc.ca  

      

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SGCF Transcripts of Notary Acts  --   (Société Généalogique Canadienne-Française) in Montreal

http://www.sgcf.com/index.php?path=content&section=ressource&subsection=actes_transcrits&page=actes_transcrits

or http://www.sgcf.com and click on Services and then on  recherche d’actes trancrits    

Enter a surname on the 1st line.   Example = Poissant

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PISTARD Database at the Quebec National Archives

http://pistard.banq.qc.ca/unite_chercheurs/recherche_simple

Enter a surname or a given name and surname   Example:  Bourassa   or Henri Bourassa

You can also write any word or expression such as Patriotes 1837 or Laprairie or chevalier etc