I have found an entry for a marriage in one of the Répertoires de notaires (Notarial Repertoires) in Ancestry's database Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935 and I am trying to find the corresponding marriage contract.

Ancestry's record page says:

Name:     Frédéric Cormier
Record Date:  24 juin 1902 (24 Jun 1902)
Record Place:     Montréal, Québec (Quebec), Canada
Inferred Marriage Year:   1902
Notary:   Joseph-Alfred Nadeau
Notarial Act Number:  6862
Record Type:  Contrat de Mariage (Marriage Contract) (Marriage)
Record Description:   Mariage
Frédéric Cormier
Emma Tétreault 

Sharing link to the original image of the Répertoire (no sub should be required).

Ancestry gives this for the Source information:

Source Citation

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Collection: Archives des notaires du Québec; District: Montréal; Title: Nadeau, Joseph-Alfred (1900-1910)

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

Original data:

Fonds Cour Supérieure. Greffes de notaires. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

I am trying to see if the contract corresponds to the same couple in this marriage (record from the Droin collection):

Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968

 Name:    Frederic Cormier
 Spouse:  Emma Tetreau
 Event:   Mariage (Marriage)
 Marriage Year:   1902
 Marriage Location:   Richelieu, Québec (Quebec)

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008.

Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

Links to the shared images: page 1 and page 2 of the church register entry.

I want to find the Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) corresponding to this entry, but the Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) of this notary don't appear to be on Ancestry or FamilySearch.

When I use the Browse function on Ancestry, I don't see Joseph-Alfred Nadeau in the list for Montréal:

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Similarly I don't see Nadeau's name in the collection of Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1920 on FamilySearch.

What are some good search strategies for finding out which repository might hold the records of a particular notary, when the notary's name and the record date and location are known?

1 Answer 1


Gail Dever posted instructions on her blog, Genealogy à la carte, on September 1, 2017: "How to order a notary record from the Quebec Archives after finding it in an index on Ancestry"

She explains how to take the information from the répertoire on Ancestry and search for the corresponding acte from Ancestry's partner, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).

She says that you need to:

Take note of the Record Date, Record Place, Notary, Notarial Act Number, Record Type, and all Participants.

At BAnQ, you can select English (if necessary) and then open an online request form to get digital copies of the record. Gail says "The least expensive format is PDF file at 25 cents per page, and this is the version most genealogists will find useful."

You won't be required to give credit card information until after you get an email advising your order is ready.

Call the number provided in the email. If you live outside Montreal, it
will be a long-distance call. After you dial the number, you will hear a recording in French providing instructions. Without listening to the recording in its entirety, enter the four-digit extension number, which will take you to User Services where someone will answer your call.

After you briefly explain why you have called, you will be asked to provide your credit card information. Payment is by credit card only.

If you live outside Montreal, and don't have a plan for international calling on your landline or cell, consider the cost of the call to Canada while budgeting.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for links to previous articles on this collection.

Further reading: handout from the FamilySearch Class Skimming the Surface: A Look Into Quebec Notarial Records, presented via the Family History Library in November 2020 by Jacqueline Kanyuck.

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