Having an adoption in your family tree can create a very tough brick wall to overcome. There is often legal issues, miles of red tape and hard-to-access records involved and older generations may not want to talk about “such things”. But it is not impossible to get past an adoption in your genealogy research as long as you don’t give up and know where to look.
Whether you are the adopted member or someone else, you will have a bit of work ahead of you to get past that into your tree. Here are some sites to help you with your efforts:
All About Adoption Research – This is a good article to get you started with adoption genealogy research. She lists out the places to look and the documents or information you’re going to need.
How to Start Searching – If you are the adopted person you are searching about, this is a great piece on helping you with those first steps to finding your birth parents. There is also good info if your adopted search is not about you.
Adoption Reunion Registry – This site is a registry where family members involved in adoption can register, and hopefully you can make some connections with the relatives you are looking for.
Shea’s Search Series – This is an index to a series of articles that can guide you through your adoption search. The site isn’t too fancy but the information is pretty good. She has details on documents, where to search and dealing with the courts.
Cyndi’s List for Adoption – The usual Cyndi’s list entry, with a very large category of links that you can use in your search. She has regional links too, which are really helpful once you start to narrow things down.
GenForum for Adoption – And you can’t beat a little genealogist networking to find the right resources. This board for adoption isn’t that busy but make sure to read back through the archives of messages. You never know when someone will mention that perfect gem that you need to know.
Adoption Search Registries – A state-by-state list of links that can help you find the right databases once you have some locations figured out. These are great places to start locating primary source documents.