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Are birth records of US adoptees really sealed?

In many states, yes, original birth certificates (OBCs) are sealed when a child is adopted. An amended birth certificate is then issued with the adoptive parents' names and the child's new name. So, ...
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Making Research Plans for studying the Genetic Genealogy of an Adoptee?

You've made a good start by testing at all three companies and uploading your results to GEDMatch -- as Judy G. Russell says in her recent post DNA testing for adoptees, "fish in all the ponds". The ...
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Is there a way to search for 1935 inferred residence from the 1940 census?

Yes, you can search the 1940 census for residence in 1935. Searching only for those who were in different places in 1935 and 1940 is not directly possible (unless you know the 1940 location), although ...
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Finding 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?

Okay, so there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news first: At the moment (February 2019) all New York State adoptees' Original Birth Certificates (OBC's), and usually their adoption ...
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Adopted and making sense of my DNA matches: which are paternal vs maternal?

Unfortunately it's not possible to determine which side of the family all your DNA matches are without phasing. In order to phase your matches completely, you need to have either your mother or father,...
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Strategies for finding biological grandparents using DNA matches?

Using your five known maternal matches to separate out most of your maternal matches from your paternal matches is definitely the correct track. However, further eliminating those that match with ...
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Adoption records in 1871 based on census info

The legal process for adoption wasn't introduced in England & Wales until 1926/7. The relationship on the census shows exactly what the situation was - that they were children of his wife, not ...
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Hungarian sham adoptions?

I don't think the word "sham" applies, and no, it was not a common or widespread practice. Your example has the second and third cases of adult adoption that I have encountered in ten years of ...
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Possible Half Sibling

1912 cM is an excellent match; this woman is definitely a close relative. Let's take a look at the Shared cM Project numbers: Grandparent fits the cM range but obviously it's impossible, given your ...
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Adoption in New York 1927

As far as I'm aware, it was a criminal offence to falsify a birth certificate in New York in 1927. That is not to say that people didn't do it, as evidenced by the case of the notorious child-...
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Who raised two orphaned children in 1765?

There was no formal system of adoption in England in the eighteenth century. In fact, it was not until the Adoption of Infants Act of 1926 that there was any centralised register for adoptions. Prior ...
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Making Research Plans for studying the Genetic Genealogy of an Adoptee?

Go to http://DNAadoption.com and look at their methodology: This is the repository for documentation about using your DNA results. While the site was originally conceived of for adoptees, it is ...
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

For Document 2, you say: The second ... is from: Orphans Court Proceedings, 1752-1857; Index; Author: Pennsylvania. Orphans' Court (Berks County); Probate Place: Berks, Pennsylvania and ...
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What is this German document from the mid-1950s?

It is a birth registration. redacted are (in order): [registration number unredacted] [registration place unrededacted, Himmelsthür is now part of Hildesheim, Niedersachsen] registration date [year ...
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What software can reliably store and manage non-linear (eg non-blood or remarried) relatives?

There are two program which realize features you requested. They are GRAMPS (it was mentioned in a previous answer) to What software can reliably store and manage non-linear (eg non-blood or remarried)...
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

It looks like Ancestry has done a semi-indexed pass-through of FamilySearch's Pennsylvania Probate Records. If you go to FamilySearch directly, their microfilm set includes not only the Orphan's ...
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Searching 1940s census database without names?

Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org will let you search census indexes using multiple family members' names, but I don't know of any sites that allow search by multiple family members' ages. However, ...
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Searching for possibly adopted great aunt?

I would start by looking at the 1920 Fayette Co., OH census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RXB-7TD?mode=g&i=6&wc=QZJR-16M%3A1036474301%2C1037452601%2C1038441001%2C1589332401%...
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Distinguishing Half Siblings from First Cousins using DNA?

No, this is a 1st cousin, not a half-sibling. According to the Shared cM Project, half-siblings average 1783 cM, with 99% in the range 1317 - 2312 cM. First cousins average 874 cM, with 99% in the ...
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Finding German birth father who emigrated to Canada?

Start with whatever is easiest for you to find, take lots of notes, and build a case. If you have a family tree program on your computer, use that. I recommend recording every single fact you have, ...
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Strategies for finding biological grandparents using DNA matches?

The conclusion in this statement isn't quite right: On Ancestry there are 5 matches I know to be maternal cousins. I used them to eliminate shared matches leaving what should be paternal matches. ...
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Strategies for finding biological grandparents using DNA matches?

Yes, you're on the right track and doing a great job so far. The only thing I see wrong in your logic is that people who don't match your half-brother should be on your mother's side, not your ...
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Is birthmother sharing only 1549 centimorgans possible?

If you know for certain that this is your birth mother, then the results are incorrect. DNA companies have been known to make mistakes, the data might not have got loaded correctly, etc. I'd ...
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Is birthmother sharing only 1549 centimorgans possible?

Entering your shared 1549 Centimorgans into the Shared cM Project tool at DNA Painter suggests a number of possible relationships. None of them indicate that this lady is your birthmother, but she is ...
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Adopted and making sense of my DNA matches: which are paternal vs maternal?

A single person's DNA alone (yours) cannot tell you who you're related to (other than in a vague, very distant, ethnic sense, maybe). If you have close enough matches with people who know a good deal ...
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Placing adoptee in family tree when What Are The Odds cannot help?

I started by eliminating the GWP branch of the tree and finding the best fit to the JHP branch. This is shown here. One hypothesis is 4 generations removed from PJPEH and has a score of 4,923,736,333. ...
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DNA implications if my Gr Grandfather is also my Dad's father? (incest)

I'm somewhat reluctant to post this as an answer, because it probably won't be. I'm assuming you're familiar with the shared CM tool. You can form multiple hypotheses as to the relationships between ...
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