tips for researching adoptions
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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
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.