Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My grandefather was adopted in 1912 but ontario did not legalize adoption till 1921. Who would have handed adoptions before it was legalized and how would i get a hold of them ?

Was he adopted or was guardianship transferred from his birth parents to those who raised him? If it was a private 'adoption' you may find note of it in church records. If it was a guardianship transfer you'll have to seek out court records.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My great grandmother was born on the 16th of July 1880 on a boat from Scotland name unknown. I am trying to get a copy of her birth certificate but have not got any where, any ideas or the name of the boat would be of great assistance.

Until a ship docked any births, marriages or deaths would likely be filed under the ship's country of origin. As for the name of the ship involved, check the passenger lists for your great-great-grandparents.