United States Adoption Research
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.
- DNA testing is a new option that may help you, see Hiring a DNA Testing Company for further information.
- Global Adoptee Genealogy Project
Mixed Roots Foundation Global Headquarters
795 Folsom Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Creating a DNA database to help adoptees find relatives.
- The ALMA Society
P. O. Box 85
Denville, NJ 07834
- International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
P. O. Box 2312
Carson City, NV 89702
- National Orphan Train Complex
300 Washington St.
P.O. Box 322
Concordia, KS 66901
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
- Adoption Research
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
- Genealogical Journeys in Time
- Online resources for adoption in the United States and Canada can be found at the Nashville Public Library website.
Adoption Records of Each State
See Access to Adoption Records from the Child Welfare Information Gateway for a summary of state laws.
For Further Reading
- 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.
- With DNA Testing, Suddenly They Are Family by Rachel L. Swarns (New York Times, 23 January 2012). Discusses DNA tests for adopted people.
- National Orphan Train Complex of Concordia, Kansas Wiki page.
- Children's Aid Society of New York City Wiki page.
- New York Foundling Hospital Wiki page.