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. (more…)
29 Mar 2013