I received an emal from Ancestry today asking me to share the following message with my readers.
“In celebration of Quebec’s unique history and culture, Ancestry is excited to announce the launch online of a new, searchable collection: The Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935, in collaboration with the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).
With these records, it is now possible to discover the remarkable stories of those who helped in Quebec’s evolution of a remote French colony to a distinct and powerful province within Canada.
Notable records include:
• The marriage contract of Zoé LaFontaine and Henri Charles Wilfred Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.
• Land transaction documents for the sale of land belonging to the Honourable Louis-Joseph Papineau
Following the launch of the records, Canadians will have free access to this new collection from October 6 to October 10, 2016.
What are Notarial Records?
Notarial records include documents and agreements written by specialized legal professionals known as notaries. These documents include, but are not limited, to marriage contracts, wills, land transactions and deeds. The Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935 collection is over 7 million pages long and provides detailed insight into the lives of Quebec residents during the period between 1626 and 1935.
How can the records be accessed?
Click on the following link to browse over 16,000 French and English language records and more than 7,000 images. http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=61062
For additional information on the collection’s contents as well as tips for navigating and searching the records please consult the Quebec Notarial Records Research Guide.”