Questions related to adoption, birthparents, and obtaining information for the same.

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Interpreting a name on a Genogram (family tree diagram)

I'm here because while recently sorting through some of my deceased grandfather's belongings I came across a partial genogram pertaining to my deceased mother whom was adopted. She is noted as ...
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Can a person adopt their own parent or grandparent?

A recent question on Finding Loops in GEDCOM files got me to wonder if there are some loops that are valid. Of course there is science fiction, where a person goes back in time and parents their own ...
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Birth or adoption record for adopted ancestor

My great-great-grandmother Leona was born in the early 1860s. She was adopted as a young child (we think less than five years old) when her mother died; her father was apparently unfit in some ...
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Pre-official adoption years

If a child born at England in 1914 was placed in foster care and stayed with their foster family, wouldn't that child somehow have to prove their identity when they started work? For example, they ...
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Facilitators for Adoption

I have just tried to help with a question elsewhere on adoption and it has fuelled me with a fresh question. Someone wanted to find a connection between a family who "adopted" an illegitimate child, ...
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How to deal with adoptions given the changes made to some records?

In Brazil, when some adoption is authorized by the Justice, it's possible to change the records of the child so the adoptive parents are reported as the parents, leaving no trace of the biological ...
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Where should I start research for someone adopted from Eastern Europe?

One of my close living relatives was adopted from Hungary at the age of two, in 1991. Unfortunately, the only real information we currently have is the full name of her birth mother and her city of ...
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Where are Illinois County Court records archived?

According to the Illinois State Genealogical Society newsletter, between 1867 and 1964, adoptions were handled by the County Courts, which were abolished in 1964. Where does one look now for ...
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How to record the same person as a foster and adoption parent in an Ancestry.com tree?

The Mildner couple in my tree became foster parents of a young girl in the early 1900s. In 1912, they were sued by the birth mother of the girl for custody, but the judge ruled that the girl could ...
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How do I find original surname of adopted child from NY?

My late father-in-law was adopted by his step-father when he was 10. My late grandmother-in-law never talked about her first husband and there is some confusion on the first husband's surname. My ...
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What software can reliably store and manage non-linear (eg non-blood or remarried) relatives?

In follow-up to this answer on a previous question, what software tools can reliably manage "non-traditional" relations (remarriages, adoptions, step-relatives, etc)? As a part B to this question, ...
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How do I record names involving adoptions in a family tree?

My grandfather's second wife had three children from her previous marriage. After they married, my grandfather legally adopted her children, which changed their last names. When I record the ...
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Tracking down an adoption in New Mexico from 1916

I am trying to get more information about an adoption that took place in New Mexico in 1916. The laws around adoption and record privacy seem to be varied, but many states simply don't reveal this ...