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Notary records are another good source for discovering information on your ancestor. They are the civil legal records that are sometimes a good substitute if a marriage record is missing. For examples on civil marriage contracts vs. church marriage records see: “Marriage Contracts: A Comparison” by Carol Hamp & James P. LaLone, in MICHIGAN'S HABITANT HERITAGE, v. 8 #2 (Apr 1987), pp.27-41, it includes a listing of published Inventaires of Notaries. The following sites give background on Notary records -

It should be noted that Quintin Publications no longer seems to be in business.

Listing of Notaries -

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Information can also be found here:

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere

 By Christina K. Schaefer

French-Canadian Sources: A Guide for Genealogists



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