MSS-067-French-Canadian Notary Records

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoIt’s difficult to get the younger generation interested in genealogy when you show them a list of names, dates, and places. But stories of adventures and misdeeds can really spark an interest. So where do we get these tales of adventure and misdeeds?

A good place to start is in the notary records. Here you’ll find the details of people’s lives. They fill the gaps between the baptisms, marriages, and deaths with vivid detail.

Today’s guest, Michael Leclerc, shares with us his knowledge of this important record group. We cover what are notary records, which ones are most important to genealogists, what finding aids are available, and how to access these records. Be sure to check out the links to many helpful aids and resources at