Probate Records Part 2: Newfoundland and PEI

Last post we talked about the information you can get from.a probate file. Most of Canada follows English Common Law\’s process of probate and administration. The FamilySearch Wiki has a good tutorial of the process here.This post, we\’re going to look at how to get probate/administration records in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. NewfoundlandIt was not mandatory thatContinue reading “Probate Records Part 2: Newfoundland and PEI”

Probate Records Part 1: A Forgotten Resource

When we do searches for our ancestors, we tend to concentrate mainly on their birth, death, and the years in between. What we sometimes forget about, is the record set that comes after death: probate records. Simply put, probate records are the court records that have to do with the distribution of your ancestor\’s effectsContinue reading “Probate Records Part 1: A Forgotten Resource”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western Canada

Source: This week we\’re finishing up by looking at Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. SaskatchewanAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled provincially beginning in 1920. It is handled by the Court of Queen\’s Bench. In 1994, a separate division of the court was created to deal solely with family law. The Provincial Archives ofContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western Canada”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada

Source: This week we\’ll be looking at divorce records in Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba QuebecAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled federally up to 1968. But, unlike other areas of Canada, a couple could become legally separated through the province\’s civil code. These were done by notaries. A notice of action had to be printedContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 2 – After 1968 in the Atlantic Provinces

Source: Last week we looked at divorce pre 1968. Now we\’ll look at how to find records once they were taken care of at the provincial level. There\’s a lot of information, so I\’ve decided to break this up into Part 2 (Atlantic Canada), Part 3 (Central Canada), and Part 4 (Western Canada).Central Registry ofContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 2 – After 1968 in the Atlantic Provinces”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968

We all like to think that our ancestors met, fell in love, married, and only parted through death. Truth is, divorce has always been around in Canada, although rare. According to The Canadian Encycolpedia: \”…while most Canadians married, divorce was extremely uncommon until after the Second World War. In fact, until that time, Canada hadContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968”