United States Adoption Research

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*[http://www.genealogicaljourneys.com/mbfr.htm Genealogical Journeys in Time]  
 
*[http://www.genealogicaljourneys.com/mbfr.htm Genealogical Journeys in Time]  
*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. 
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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.
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=== <center>Adoption Records of Each State</center> ===
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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  ==
 
== For Further Reading  ==

Revision as of 05:52, 22 April 2012


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)
  • 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 court records and adoption proceedings *Death certificates, obituaries, cemeteries, and funeral home records *Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries *Hospital records

Adoption Records of Each State

For Further Reading