It occurred to me while looking at some old records that what I did have were their signatures. I cropped them out of the images of the documents. This will be the closest I ever get to photographs of these ancestors.
It also gave a glimpse into the education of these people. You could see from the documents who could sign their own names.
In 1685 Marguerite Benoist signed on her marriage record to Guy Vache (Lacerte). I would have thought that was unusual for a woman of that time. Marguerite is not in my direct line but in a collateral line I have done for someone else.
Often the records are almost unreadable. Ink stains like this one can obliterate very important information. You have to be very tenacious to find out the facts. This signature from my 5th great grandmother Marie Renee Lefebvre was from her marriage record in 1728.
(Marie Renee Lefebvre)
Her father also signed that day in 1728 but seemed to have a little more luck with the ink.
At the marriage of his son Noel Houde my 6th great grandfather signed his name in 1722.