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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 <br>  
 
*[[United states vital records|Death certificates]], [[United States Obituaries|obituaries]], cemeteries, and funeral home records <br>  
*[https://www.randymajors.com/p/peoplesearch.html PeopleSearch on Google Search] is a tool that is a front-end to a much more focused full Google Search; it also has an option to search across the top 50 or so people search sites with ONE search.
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*[https://www.randymajors.com/p/peoplesearch.html PeopleSearch on Google Search] is a front-end to a much more focused full Google Search; it also has an option to search across the top 50 or so people search sites with ONE search.
 
*Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries <br>  
 
*Newspapers, which may be available in historical societies or university or college libraries <br>  
 
*Hospital records <br>  
 
*Hospital records <br>  

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See also United States, How to Find Genealogy Records

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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.

Adoption Organizations[edit | edit source]

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.

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Internet Adoption Research Guides. 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. This site has dozens of links to Internet sites about:

  • Adoption Research
  • Home Children (Britain and Canada)
  • Orphan Trains
  • G's Adoption Registry (international information as well as individual states in U.S.)
  • Locality Specific Internet Sites
  • Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Chat Rooms
  • Professional Researchers, Volunteers, and Other Research Services
  • Adoption Research Publications, Software and Supplies

Search engines. Use a search engine on the Internet such as Google. Try several keywords 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[edit | edit source]

See Access to Adoption Records from the Child Welfare Information Gateway for a summary of state laws.

Early Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

Check out the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county the adoption took place for early adoption records.

For Further Reading[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 'DNAAdoption - About Us,' DNA Adoption, http://dnaadoption.com/index.php?page=about-us, accessed 17 March 2014.