OT: Friend needs help looking for biological Canadian granddad

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  1. molly2004

    molly2004 DIS Veteran

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    Hi, there! A woman I know has 2 month old twins. She is currently searching for her biological granddad. All she knows is that he is from Quebec but doesn't know how to start searching. Can someone help? If you can, please PM me and I'll forward her e-mail address to you.

    Thanks so much!

    Here is her e-mail:

    >Hi everyone,
    >
    >I thought I'd write to this group since you all have such interesting
    >experiences and perhaps have a suggestion or two for me.
    >
    >So here it goes: My mother found out 4 years ago that she was adopted. We
    >found her mother. We met her. She had the beginning stages of Alzheimer's
    >when we met her and had never told anyone besides her parents and brother
    >about her pregnancy. She died last month without revealing my mother's
    >father's name. She told us that he lived with his parents and she gave us
    >the address, and his first name (we think). I also know that he was a
    >student at McGill. They were Canadian.
    >Now that I have children of my own it feels even more important for me to
    >know where my roots lie. My mother doesn't have the time nor the energy to
    >look, but said she would be happy if i found out who is.
    >
    >I feel so overwhelmed. I don't know how to locate names of people who lived
    >in that particular building during 1948. I wonder if anyone else has ever
    >had to do a search like this, and if so what can you recommend.
    >Also if someone knows how Canada, specifically Quebec was/is organized in
    >terms of this kind of thing ( e.g. census, city records, church/synagogue
    >records) that would be very helpful.
     
  2. mickey65

    mickey65 Canadian Snow Girl

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    Maybe try a search for McGill Alumni for that year? Not sure, it is a long shot. Good luck to your friend.
     
  3. SnowWhite

    SnowWhite <font color=blue>Did it 20 times in a row back in

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    Property records are public, I would start there. Research the property and find out the names and go from there. Find out who sold the house and a forwarding address? There are alot of ways of finding people. Jobs, property, etc. There are alot of websites that are dedicated to finding people. If you strike out there is always the old fashioned way, hire a private investigator. Unless this person has gone to great lengths to disappear they should be fairly easy to find. Best of luck!!!!

    Rob (Snowwhite's DH)
     
  4. RoyalCanadian

    RoyalCanadian A Proud DVC Member @ SSR

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    Get a city directory for the City of Montreal for that year -- find the address and you have the name. Voila!
     

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