Genealogy and the Law in Canada


Digital records and broad access to the Internet have made it easier for genealogists to gather relevant information from distant sources and to share the information they have gathered. The law, however, remains tied to particular geographic locations. This book discusses how specific laws – access to information, personal data protection, libel, copyright, and regulation of cemeteries – apply to anyone involved in genealogical research in Canada.


"Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson's book on the impact of the law on Canadian researchers will be most useful if you are living in Ontario and dealing with Ontario records."

Times-Colonist, The

Much of the information is useful, and Canadian genealogists will find themselves reaching for this text as they encounter questions

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

" a very informative book for professional and amateur genealogists researching Canadian families."

The British Columbia Genealogist

About the Author

Margaret Ann Wilkinson

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Margaret Ann Wilkinson

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Her doctoral dissertation on personal data protection law won an award from the American Society for Information Science. Dr. Wilkinson has researched, taught, written, and spoken widely in the areas of intellectual property, information law, and the professions. She lives in London, Ontario.