Posted By:yvan robillard
Subject:Re: Des. of Claude Robillard & Marie Grondin
Post Date:January 24, 2002 at 17:10:00
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Hi Jeanne.

Well the most easy way to get the legal documents(Contracts) is to be lucky like me: My father gave them to me, he had 75 contracts.I dont know where he got them neither does he remembers(he's 90 years young).
I have been able to get the one missing and copies of the ones not legible in the following manner:
1- I went to: Les archives Nationales du Québec in MTl on Viger street.
2- Ask for; "Les Inventaire des greffes des notaires sous le Régime Francais" This collection is many volumes thick 7 or 8 .
3- You must know which notary to look for. In the case of Claude Robillard, the main one is Antoine Adhémar, he practised from 1668 to 1714 in Champlain and Ville-MArie) and his son Jean-Baptiste continued from 1714 to 1754,there are also the notarys named Mauge and Bégnine Basset(I have yet to get copies from these last two).
4- once you know or have the list(which i can send you and save you all these problems), you have to make copies of all the documents, this could be expensive as they cost $0.15 per sheet(with all the contracts, it can run you into 400 or 500 sheets.
5- Once you have the contracts, you must "translate" them in todays French, which is the most daunting task; in the five years since I started this , i have translated about 35 since i have no formal training in paléontography(i think this how it is spelled).
6- I got copies of a book(at the local genealogical society) that give examples of Anthoine Adhémar handwriting with examples of different way of writing in that time périod.It is not an easy task i must advise you, but i take my time and maybe do 1 or 2 per month; also i have not done any for the last year since i moved to Trois-Rivieres and must rebuild our old house to aspect it must have been when it was build in the 1940's.
7- Since you live in Ottawa, you must be able to obtain the same documents in the National Archives probably.

Any way, I wish you lot's of luck if you decide to undertake this task.I find it very interresting because it relate the way of life of that period(Thank God I'm living today)


Yvan Robillard