For anyone looking for school records and transcripts; they have all
been moved to Toronto from Ottawa. The new address is:
Please note that Canadian birth certificates do not exist.
Provincial governments have responsibility for issuing such documentation.
The key document is the Certificate of Registration of a Birth Abroad
produced by Immigration Canada. After birth, this should have been available
from the base Personnel Section, and would have been completed and sent
to the Canadian embassy in either Bonn (at the time) or Paris, for forwarding
to the immigration folks in Ottawa. As an airforce brat of long-standing,
I can understand how that step may have been SNAFUed. But you never
know---maybe those steps were taken and that piece of paper is filed
at Immigration Canada.
If you have a French or German birth certificate, the names of your
parents better be on it. If you have proof of their Canadian citizenship,
that might be all the documentation required.
If you don't have that birth certificate, you can enlist the help
of of an embassy because that is a consular service normally provided
by an embassy or consular office for its citizens. BUT this probably
will not be the Canadian Embassy in Paris or Berlin. If you have French
or German citizenship, you probably should be dealing with the French
or German Embassy in Ottawa to obtain the proper documents. Don't forget:
you are a citizen of that country and should receive their mostly undivided
If you are not in Ottawa, check your yellow pages under "Consulates"
or "Consulate General" and contact the nearest French or German office
for advice. Below a few addresses to contact some town directly which
should help some people, but some of us are pushing 60! and were born
in places unknown to most.
If you need a passport fast, and don't have the right stuff to obtain
a Canadian one quickly, why not travel under a French or German one
(supposing you have proof of citizenship!)? Canada doesn't care how
many passports (nationalities)you may have. The Germans may be stuffy
about it, but they'll never know when you eventually obtain a Canadian
passport. I hope that this information may assist a few people.
To acquire a German birth certificate if you're parents were stationed Soellingen:
Germany Mr. Kleinhans (chief officer at Standesamt Rheinmuenster)
or if your parents were stationed at at Lahr:
there where up to 150 Canadian babies registered each year.
Please supply exact date of birth and the name of your parents and
they will help you.