Monday, 29 August 2016

Notaries Public

One of the papers I found among my father's things was a letter from a notary in Victoria, BC to my grandfather in Verdun, Quebec. It was concerning the estate of my grandfather's uncle, James Mavor.  James' wife had died 4 years previously and they had no children, so he left his estate to my grandfather and his siblings.

The notary had attached a small clipping that Uncle James had, from the Weekly Scotsman about the name Mavor. The company does not exist any more so I am wondering what happened to the files? Something to add to my to-do list. 

The writing at the top right is by my grandmother's hand. They must have gone to BC to meet the notary, and I kinda remember them taking a road trip out west about that time. 

When my grandmother's sister Bessie was to marry Harry they signed a marriage contract. They used notaries Kittson, Reddy & Reddy of Montreal. 

In the past several years I have used notaries public when buying property, getting documents certified and to probate the estates of family members. 

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  1. I am a notary, but I haven't had the thrill of notarizing any genealogically related documents yet. Maybe that's for the best, as I always want to hear family history stories. :)

    1. Probably 100 years from now people will be thrilled to find any of their ancestor papers prepared by you today!


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