Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy - Session 10

As I promised my blog on 06 January 2014 at, I watched Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy Session 10 on Wednesday. I will continue to watch the rest of the study group as it proceeds.

The major topic which was discussed in Sessions 10 was a subject which can be difficult to discover and research and it is - Adoption.

I have researched and written about this topic myself, and have found it to be very difficult when trying to establish adoption in Canada before the 1920s. Informal adoption (by another family member) was common before it was taken over by the government, and you, as researchers, have to be aware of this fact.

Dear Myrt brought up the subject of two birth certificates – one when the child was born, which would show the natural parents (which was sealed by the government), and a second birth certificate which showed the adoptive parents (which was not sealed).

Although she went to the Adoption on the United States Genealogy at the Wiki site in FamilySearch at, those of us in Canada can also check the subject under Adoption on our Wiki site at

In fact, they say that we should “Check with the local provincial archives for addresses to private associations who assist people tracing adoption records. In most provinces, prior to the middle of the 1900s there were no formal adoption proceedings, and children would be placed with family or neighbours without the necessity for any legal documentation”.

The website for Session 10 is at

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1 comment:

Elizabeth Lapointe said...

I should have added the following -

Another special phenomenon which existed in Quebec, was that the namely the adoption by Whites of Natives, but these adoptions left no trace in the parish registers.

In fact, adoptions before 1930, be they of Whites or Natives are rarely mentioned in Quebec parish registers.