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 -
Information can also be found here:
By Patricia Keeney Geyh, Joyce Soltis Banachowski, Linda Boyea
By Québec (Province). Legislature. Legislative Council, François Joseph Cugnet
By Joseph Edmond Roy
Hans Wolfgang Baade
For examples of a couple of marriage contracts see - http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Marriage_C... and http://habitantheritage.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Dupuy_and_...