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tips for researching adoptions

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  • susan d szewczyk
    Hi everyone, some mentioned that not all could recieve attachments so, I have tried to send it again. Sorry for the repete. July 31, 1999 Tips for researching
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 1999
      Hi everyone,
      some mentioned that not all could recieve attachments so, I have tried to
      send it again.
      Sorry for the repete.

      July 31, 1999


      Tips for researching a adoption:
      By Susan D Szewczyk

      Adoption records are usually found in courts at the county level. These
      courts are usually the probate court, but in some states other
      county-level courts have jurisdiction. In general, adoption did not
      become a process requiring a court action and generating court records
      until 1848 or after, the date varying from state to state. The records
      include such things as name, birth date, birth place, residence, custody,
      sex, race, siblings, guardians, and parents of the child, plus
      information on the new adopting parents such as names, ages, marriage
      date, and data indicating their qualifications to adopt.
      In most cases these records are enclosed in an envelope, packet or file
      folder called the case file. The case files may be found by looking
      through the court docket, the court minutes or the index if available.
      There you will find a case number under which the case is filed. Most
      adoption records before the 1920s and 1930s are open to the public, but
      some are restricted or partly restricted. After this date you can expect
      to find access prohibited or restricted in most places. It will be
      necessary for you to ask the individual court just what its regulations
      are.
      Fewer court records of the type containing adoption date have been
      microfilmed, transcribed or abstracted than some of the types, so the
      county courthouse is often the only source of them.
      Here are a few books that may help in your search.
      1. Search: A handbook for adoptees and birth parents by J Askin published
      by Harper and Row of New York, NY lastest edition.
      2. The adoption searchbook,by M J Rillera published by Tri-adoption
      Publications, Westminster, CA 1985


      3. The Essential adoption handbook by C Alexander-Roberts, published by
      Taylor publications Co Dallas, TX 1993
      4. The adoption search: Basics for adoptees searching for their roots by
      J U Brink, published by Family Historian Books, Tacoma, WA 1994

      Good luck in your search.
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