My mother was adopted but i have no information to find her birth parents, what should i do to find them?

She was born in 1957 in Florida that's all I know. I do not know any other details except the names of the people who adopted her.

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    – PolyGeo
    Apr 25 '20 at 9:45
  • If you are not willing to take the privacy risks of giving your DNA to Ancestry I'm sure there will be paperwork about the adoption somewhere. Don't have any specifics hence only a comment.
    – nebulon42
    Apr 25 '20 at 14:41
  • @nebulon42 Interested to know what you think are the privacy risks -- we could talk about it in chat perhaps: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/6003/roots
    – user104
    Apr 25 '20 at 15:31
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    Hi Jennifer, it's not clear from your question whether your mother is still living. That will affect how you approach this.
    – shoover
    Apr 26 '20 at 1:19

This is a classic application of DNA testing. Have your mother take an atDNA test at Ancestry (which will allow to to transfer her results to many other sites) and prepare to put in some hard work analysing her matches to track down her birth family.

I'm suggesting Ancestry because they allow DNA data to be exported for import to other sites (which widens the pool of potential matches) but they don't allow imports; so starting at Ancestry gives you the widest possible set of matches.

There are Facebook groups that specialise in helping adoptees looking for their birth families, such as DNA Detectives. It's worth joining to try and find somebody who will guide you through the process.

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