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Adoptions were a matter of local provincial regulations. Access to these records are generally restricted. 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.[1]


  1. Bourrie, Doris, "Major Canadian Record Collections for Genealogists (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),