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''[[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>
  
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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. Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues. 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. 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.&nbsp;:'''The ALMA Society<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834<br>Web site: [http://www.almasociety.org www.almasociety.org]'''&nbsp;:'''International [[Soundex|Soundex]] Reunion Registry (ISRR)<br>P. O. Box 2312<br>Carson City, NV 89702<br>Web site: [http://www.isrr.net www.isrr.net]''' 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 [http://www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm]. This site has dozens of links to Internet sites about: *Adoption Research *Home Children (Britain and Canada) *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. *Local and county records such as [[United States Court Records|court records]] and adoption proceedings *[[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 *Hospital records  
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#Visit with every family member and ask what they remember. They may provide valuable clues.  
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#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.  
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#DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see [[Hiring a DNA Testing Company|Hiring a DNA Testing Company]] for further information.<br>
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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.  
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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>
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*'''[http://www.almasociety.org The ALMA Society]'''<br>P. O. Box 85<br>Denville, NJ 07834<br><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>
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*'''[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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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 [http://www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm www.cyndislist.com/adoption.htm]. This site has dozens of links to Internet sites about:
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:*Adoption Research <br>
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:*Home Children (Britain and Canada) <br>
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:*Orphan Trains <br>
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:*Locality Specific Internet Sites <br>
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:*Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms <br>
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:*Professional Researchers, Volunteers, and Other Research Services <br>
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:*Adoption Research Publications, Software and Supplies <br><br>
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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.  
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*Local and county records such as [[United States Court Records|court records]] and adoption proceedings <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>
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*Hospital records <br>
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*[http://www.genealogicaljourneys.com/mbfr.htm Genealogical Journeys in Time] <br>
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*Online resources for adoption in the United States and Canada can be found at the [http://www.library.nashville.org/research/res_ws_genealogy.asp Nashville Public Library] website. <br><br>
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=== Adoption Records of Each State  ===
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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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*[[Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption|Arizona]]
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*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records#Adoption_Records|Arkansas]]
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*[[California Vital Records#Adoption_Records|California]]
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*[[Colorado Vital Records#Adoption|Colorado]]
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*[[Connecticut Vital Records#Adoption|Connecticut]]
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*[[Delaware Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Delaware]]
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*[[District of Columbia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|District of Columbia]]
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*[[Florida Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Florida]]
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*[[Georgia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Georgia]]
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*[[Hawaii Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Hawaii]]
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*[[Idaho Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Idaho]]
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*[[Illinois Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Illinois]]
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*[[Indiana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Indiana]]
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*[[Iowa Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Iowa]]
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*[[Kansas Vital Records#Adoption|Kansas]]
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Kentucky]]
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*[[Louisiana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Louisiana]]
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*[[Maine Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Maine]]
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*[[Maryland Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Maryland]]
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*[[Massachusetts Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Massachusetts]]
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*[[Michigan Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Michigan]]
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*[[Minnesota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Minnesota]]
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*[[Mississippi Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Mississippi]]
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*[[Missouri Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Missouri]]
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*[[Montana Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Montana]]
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*[[Nebraska Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Nebraska]]
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*[[Nevada Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Nevada]]
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*[[New Hampshire Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Hampshire]]
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*[[New Jersey Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Jersey]]
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*[[New Mexico Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New Mexico]]
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*[[New York Vital Records#Adoption_Records|New York]]
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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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*[[Ohio Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Ohio]]
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*[[Oklahoma Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Oklahoma]]
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*[[Oregon Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Oregon]]
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*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Rhode Island Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Rhode Island]]
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*[[South Carolina Vital Records#Adoption_Records|South Carolina]]
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*[[South Dakota Vital Records#Adoption_Records|South Dakota]]
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*[[Tennessee Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Tennessee]]
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*[[Texas Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Texas]]
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*[[Utah Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Utah]]
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*[[Vermont Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Vermont]]
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*[[Virginia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Virginia]]
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*[[Washington Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Washington]]
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*[[West Virginia Vital Records#Adoption_Records|West Virginia]]
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*[[Wisconsin Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Wisconsin]]
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*[[Wyoming Vital Records#Adoption_Records|Wyoming]]
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== For Further Reading  ==
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*[http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/05/mixed-roots-foundation-announces-first-ever-global-adoptee-genealogy-project-gagp.html Mixed Roots Foundation Announces First-Ever Global Adoptee Genealogy Project (GAGP)] by Mixed Roots Foundation (''Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter'', 3 May 2012). Discusses creation of a DNA database to help adoptees find relatives. <br>
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/us/with-dna-testing-adoptees-find-a-way-to-connect-with-family.html With DNA Testing, Suddenly They Are Family] by Rachel L. Swarns (''New York Times'', 23 January 2012). Discusses DNA tests for adopted people. <br>
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*[[National Orphan Train Complex]] of Concordia, Kansas Wiki page. <br>
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*[[Children's Aid Society]] of New York City Wiki page. <br>
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*[[New York Foundling Hospital]] Wiki page. <br><br>
  
 
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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