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Manitoba Adoption Search (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2  by by Sharon L. Murphy. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

When researching adoption in Manitoba you will find it now has what is known as a Fully Active Registry. This means that if you are entitled to register (i.e.: you are a party to the adoption, the person adopted, parent of an adopted person, or sibling of the adopted person), you can have a search done.

This search provides identifying information if both parties involved agree. Both parties do not have to be registered to be located. If one of the parties is not registered they are contacted and asked if they would agree to sharing the information with the other. This system was the result of the Legislation of March 15, 1999. It opened up the records to those named above as well as Adoptive Parents of a Minor Child, Adoptive Parents of an Adult child with permission, and on behalf of the Deceased Adoption birth family.

The records held are from as early as 1925 and in some cases earlier. It is worth trying if you are not sure of the date.

These records are only available where the adoption is in Manitoba. If the child were born in Manitoba but adopted in a different province there would not be any records accessible in Manitoba. Contact:

Manitoba Post-Adoption Registry
201 - 114 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4V5
Telephone: 204-945-6964

Court of Queen’s Bench Office
Telephone: (204) 945-0344

This office provides a copy of the Adoption Order to the parent or child only.


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Canadian Vital Statistics Records Part 2 offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at

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