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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Adoption_Research|Adoption Research]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Adoption_Research|Adoption Research]]''  
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<br>See also [[United States, How to Find Genealogy Records]]<br>
  
 
Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:  
 
Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:  
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The [[Family History Library]] in [[Salt Lake County, Utah|Salt Lake City]] does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.  
 
The [[Family History Library]] in [[Salt Lake County, Utah|Salt Lake City]] does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.  
  
*'''[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/official-announcement-of-global-adoptee-genealogy-project-gagp Global Adoptee Genealogy Project][[Image:Adoption-Symbol.png|thumb|right|300px|Adoption-Symbol.png]]<br>[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/ Mixed Roots Foundation Global Headquarters]'''<br>795 Folsom Street, 1st Floor<br>San Francisco, CA 94107<br>800-659-6958<br>[mailto:info@mixedrootsfoundation.org info@mixedrootsfoundation.org]<br>Creating a DNA database to help adoptees find relatives.
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*'''[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/official-announcement-of-global-adoptee-genealogy-project-gagp Global Adoptee Genealogy Project][[Image:Adoption-Symbol.png|right|300px]]<br>[http://www.mixedrootsfoundation.org/ Mixed Roots Foundation Global Headquarters]'''<br>795 Folsom Street, 1st Floor<br>San Francisco, CA 94107<br>800-659-6958<br>[mailto:info@mixedrootsfoundation.org info@mixedrootsfoundation.org]<br>Creating a DNA database to help adoptees find relatives.<br><br>
  
*'''[http://www.almasociety.org The ALMA Society]'''<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834<br>
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*'''[http://www.almasociety.org The ALMA Society]'''<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834<br><br>
  
*'''[http://www.isrr.net International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)]'''<br>P. O. Box 2312<br>Carson City, NV 89702<br>
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*'''[http://www.isrr.net International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)]'''<br>P. O. Box 2312<br>Carson City, NV 89702<br><br>
  
 
*'''[http://orphantraindepot.com/ National Orphan Train Complex]'''<br>300 Washington St.<br>P.O. Box 322<br>Concordia, KS 66901<br>Email: [mailto:orphantraindepot@gmail.com orphantraindepot@gmail.com]<br>Phone:785-243-4471<br><br>
 
*'''[http://orphantraindepot.com/ National Orphan Train Complex]'''<br>300 Washington St.<br>P.O. Box 322<br>Concordia, KS 66901<br>Email: [mailto:orphantraindepot@gmail.com orphantraindepot@gmail.com]<br>Phone:785-243-4471<br><br>
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*Local and county records such as [[United States Court Records|court records]] and adoption proceedings <br>  
 
*Local and county records such as [[United States Court Records|court records]] and adoption proceedings <br>  
*[[United states vital records|Death certificates]], [[United States Obituaries|obituaries]], cemeteries, and funeral home records *Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries <br>  
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*[[United states vital records|Death certificates]], [[United States Obituaries|obituaries]], cemeteries, and funeral home records <br>
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*Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries <br>  
 
*Hospital records <br>  
 
*Hospital records <br>  
 
*[http://www.genealogicaljourneys.com/mbfr.htm Genealogical Journeys in Time] <br>  
 
*[http://www.genealogicaljourneys.com/mbfr.htm Genealogical Journeys in Time] <br>  
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*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records#Adoption_Records|Alabama]]  
 
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*[[Alaska Vital Records#Adoption|Alaska]]  
 
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*[[North Carolina Vital Records#Adoption_Records|North Carolina]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
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*[[North Dakota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|North Dakota]]  
 
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== For Further Reading  ==
 
== For Further Reading  ==
  

Revision as of 11:44, 21 November 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Adoption Research
See also United States, How to Find Genealogy Records

Locating information about an adoption in your family takes time. Here are a few suggestions to help in your search:

  1. Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues.
  2. Visit your local library to read books about how to search for adoptions, and then ask about other resource material to help in your search.
  3. DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see Hiring a DNA Testing Company for further information.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City does not provide a service to help adopted persons locate their birth parents. The following organizations may be able to help you.

The Internet has information about adoptions and finding birth parents. A good place to start is the Adoption page of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet at www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm. This site has dozens of links to Internet sites about:

  • Adoption Research
  • Home Children (Britain and Canada)
  • Orphan Trains
  • Locality Specific Internet Sites
  • Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • Professional Researchers, Volunteers, and Other Research Services
  • Adoption Research Publications, Software and Supplies

Use a search engine on the Internet such as Google. Try several key words such as the term "adoption," the area where the adoption happened, and whether searching for a parent or child. This search will help identify resources and information specific to the area where the adoption took place. In your search, consider the following records, because they can contain information that can give you clues.

Adoption Records of Each State


For Further Reading