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

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Tracing child adopted from Washington County, Tennessee Poor Farm in the 1930s?

I am looking for a 3rd cousin. I have been working on ancestry information, and came across a close family member Florence who was adopted out. She was born in 1927 in Johnson City, Tennessee. In the ...
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Finding birth details of baby abandoned in New York, 1938?

I am trying to determine the background of my deceased wife. She was left in Central Park N. Y. on a bench in 1938. She is deceased as of 2001. We had two daughters, and one daughter has tested most ...
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

I am looking on Ancestry.com and trying to locate the detail of the following records to establish more information and parents and the orphans themselves. It is known two Michael Saussers were in ...
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Finding birth parents in Utah 1865

One of my (very) great grandmothers is known as Mary Alzina Knapp Smith. She was adopted by Elias and Amy Jane Smith upon the death of her mother in childbirth. Elias wrote a letter (Or so I am ...
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Making Research Plans for studying the Genetic Genealogy of an Adoptee?

I have accounts on 23andme, gedmatch, ftdna, and ancestry.com's ancestrydna (all autosomal at this point). I also, even though I'm adopted (from bulgaria, have the full name, most recent address (as ...
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Finding information about 1920s adoption in New York State?

I am trying to find out information on my great great uncle. I need some advice on how to go about finding the information. All I know about him other than his name at birth which I am unable to post (...
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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 fashion,...
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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 New York?

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 How to handle indirect family?, what software tools can reliably manage "non-traditional" relations (remarriages, adoptions, step-relatives, etc)? As a part B to this ...
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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 ...