Voyageurs Contracts

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The database of voyageurs’ engagements has been compiled over the past twenty years from information drawn from various reports of the archivist of the Province of Quebec and from microfilms of the Protonotaire Montréal Greffes de notaires fonds of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

Begun by the work of Alfred Fortier, executive director of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface from 1990 to 2002, this initial database served as the starting point for an ambitious project undertaken by Professor Nicole St-Onge of the University of Ottawa and the project’s Associate Director,  Professor Robert Englebert of the University of Saskatchewan.

The project was conducted under the National Research Initiative of the Métis National Council.

This database now includes over 36,000 entries of fur trade engagements signed before Montreal notaries between 1714 and 1830.

To search the Voyageurs database, select Voyageurs as the Source in the Collections Browser.

To learn more about notarial records

You can also consult the archives of notaries by going to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec site under the section Archives des notaires du Québec des origines à 1930. This site gives you access to repertories, indexes and, progressively, to the text of notarial acts from the various regions of Quebec.

Quebec notarial records can also be found on the FamilySearch site under the heading Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900.

Contrat de Voyageur

Voyageur Contract

Yale University has also made available for consultation the Davies/Scroggie collection of Canadian fur trade documents. It also includes Voyageur contracts.

Bibliography :

ST-ONGE, Nicole. « The Persistence of Travel and Trade: St. Lawrence River Valley French Engagés and the American Fur Company, 1818-1840 » in Michigan Historical Review, Fall 2008. (On the website

GODBOUT, Suzanne. « Sur la piste du temps avec les voyageurs » in Perspectives sur la recherche, Numéro d’automne, novembre 2006.