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Grand Voyers – Road Commissioners

Account by the Grand Voyer, Lanouiller de Boisclerc, 1735

At the onset of the 18th Century, the road system in New France crisscrossed only a minute part of the sprawling territory.There were the «rangs» of course, and short stretches of road here and there, but no thoroughfare linking the capital city of Québec to Montreal. In 1706, the Conseil supérieur (grand council) decreed that a road be built along the river shoreline bear settlements. Thanks to ste statute labour of his «corvées du roy», the Grand Voyer (senior road surveyor) Eustache Lanouiller de Boisclerc began work in 1731. When construction was completed in 1737, the chemin du Roy was 7.4 metres wide and streched over 280 kilometers, crossing through 37 seignories.\ https://www.lecheminduroy.com/en/history

The contents of the database below consists of :

Inventory of Minutes of Grand Voyers meetings………… p.4

Grand Voyers  –  Road Commissioners…………………………p.4 – 17

Maps  – county, regional, township, seigniories ……………p.17 – 42

Authors – who wrote about the Chemin du Roy  ………….p.42 – 103

History Links ……………………………………………………………… p.103 – p.118

Quebec Genealogical Societies …………………………………. p. 118 – 122

Publishers France – Canada ………………………………………..p.122 – 145

French Canadian Genealogy ……………………………………… p.145 – 157

                Fichiers Origines links for all 95 departments in France

Repositories in Canada ………………………………………………. p.157 – 159