In a joint news release issued in French on Friday to announce the online release of Quebec notary Index records on Ancestry, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Ancestry shared some of the statistics represented now in the collection.

More than 7.3 million pages.

More than 3,600 registers of notarial acts.

More than 1.7 million notarial acts.

More than 16 million names.


Ongoing project
Work on digitizing the remaining records, from 1626 to 1935, will continue. From 2017 to 2020, some 3.2 million pages of additional notarial records will be digitized and made available on Ancestry.


Sign on to Ancestry to look at the Indexes of the Notarial documents. Sometimes you will see the actual act or document.

Finding your ancestors' notarial records
Here are some tips to help you find a copy of the actual act.

1. Sign on to Ancestry

2. Click on SEARCH, and then click on CARD CATALOG and then enter NOTARIAL in the KEY WORD field and click on SEARCH

3. Click on Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935

Then enter the surname or Surname and Given name and/or a maiden name, since women in Quebec always kept their surname even after marriage.

Once you find the Index doc that you want, keep all the pertinent info for the record and then go to BANQ (Quebec Archives) at Archives of the Notaries of Quebec from origin to 1935 and search for the actual record online.

Only about 1/2 of them are there (marked with an asterisk) so you may have to use the next step and request the doc from Montreal.


How to find a notary document that has not been digitized

At the VT-FCGS website, go to "Internet Links" and then select French Canadian-Quebec in the Group table and then click on How to Get Notary Records From the Quebec Archives in Montreal