Sunday, November 29, 2009
I came across a death notice from Ontario deaths from 1869-1932 for a Joseph Johnson who died October 16th 1918. Could you please see if this information helps to confirm this Joseph Johnson was my Grandfather, as i would like to purchase a death certificate.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Where do I begin to seek to trace one of my relatives who was a senior police officer between 1940- 1965
Friday, October 9, 2009
I understand that in Ontario, Banns only need to be read once prior to the wedding (no earlier than 5 days before the wedding & the wedding must take place within 3 months of the Banns being published).... is this correct?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I recently requested information from an Ontario Funeral Home, regarding the death of someone who died avout fourty years ago. The said they could not give me any info because of the Privacy Act. The only reference I could find on the internet stated that information could be given if the death was twenty years or more ago. Is there actually such an Act or is the Funeral Home just using it as an excuse?
The 'counter' to the Privacy Act is the Freedom of Information Act that makes allowances for the release of government-collected information that pertains to us personally. It's under this act that we can request & receive information on ourselves as well as deceased relations if a death certificate and proof of your relationship is provided. And I do believe this is where the 20 year time limit comes into play (your relative must have died 20+ years ago).
But in the case of Funeral Homes not only can they cite the Privacy Act they're also private companies who have the right to keep the information they collected private indefinitely. They own it, so they decide. Keep in mind that a funeral home record can hold more than just information about the deceased - it sometimes contains names & addresses of living relations and other sensitive information that living relations may not want released (even to another relation!)
Not all is lost though! Some Funeral Homes are happy to provide some information. It never hurts to call or write and ask what they would be willing to release (a funeral directors certificate of death?) and what documentation you would have to provide.
For more information on the Privacy & Freedom of Information Acts see the Information & Privacy Commissioner
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
When my birth mother married my father in 1974 he adopted me. This was a legal adoption and my name was changed. I was born in the US. My parents recall the lawyer saying that I would have Dual Citizenship. Would it have been part of the adoption process in the early seventies to confirm my Canadian Status? How could I obtain a copy of the Adoption act that covers that time period?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
My GG-Grandfather died at 999 Queen St. in 1914. How would I find out where he is buried? His wife had no money to do so.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I have a copy of a will written in Ontario in 1850 which mentions "property to be given to the girls when of age or married". At what age did children become "of age" in 1850?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Apparently, my grandfather changed his name from Carter to Smith before he got married. Where do I search for this information? The name change would have taken place sometime after 1885 but before the 1st WW.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I would like to know if anyone knows how a person can obtain a deceased family member's citizenship papers if they don't know the names of that person's parents. Also is there any other way that I can get anything that may have that persons parents names on it, and how do I get it?
Birth and marriage records would both include the names of parents, and depending upon year of death (after 1907) death records should also include this information if it was known to the informant.