You want to know who you are and what your family history roots are. You are adopted and want to find an easier way to make a family history tree. This is a beginning slide of how to begin your search.
GenealoGy when you’re Adopted Maternal Great-Grandfather Tom PauletteBy Yvette Porter Moore
Why do a birth Search?• Curious About ones Identity• Medical History• The Need to Connect with Birth Relatives• Genealogical Research
How to get started• Call or write to the agency that handled your adoption.• Give the agency authorization to allow members of your birth family to contact you and request non-identifying information.• Register with the world’s largest reunion registry. (International Soundex Reunion Registry.)• Join an online search support group to find searching tips.
Adoption registriesALMA (Adoption Liberty Movement Association) P.O. Box727, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10101-0727(www.almasociety.org)www.adoptiondatabase.orgwww.adopteeconnect.comRegistry.adoption.comReunion-registries.adoption.com
How to get started (cont.)• Check Birth Index• Search the internet for online reunion registries. Join Social network groups such as Facebook and MySpace.• Take out a personal ad in local newspapers to let birth relative know that you are searching for them.• Browse local and online telephone directories after you’ve obtained birth family member’s names.• View Death records from the Social Security index and look at marriage records at your local courthouse.
Types of documentsAgency Records: State or Private Agency?Birth Certificate or Amended Birth CertificateHospital RecordsCensus RecordsGuardianships Me before I was adopted.
Types of Documents (cont.) Name Changes Newspapers (Birth Announcements) Probate Records State Legislative Records
Brick Walls & Road Blocks Closed Adoptions vs. Open Adoptions Sealed Records Unknown Information (Birth Name & Birth Parents Names) Last Names of Birthmothers Changed through marriage. Expensive to Hire Professional Searcher
ProfessionalHelpAssociation of Professional Genealogists,American Adoption Congress National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
Adoptive & Birth Family TreeHarrison Porter Jesse E Mitchell Adoptive Biological Grandfather Grandfather Walter J. Porter Johnny R Mitchell Sr Adoptive Father Biological FatherHelen M Bunn Frances M PauletteAdoptive Grandmother Biological Yvette M Porter GrandmotherCharles I Peters Felipe Espinoza Jr. Adoptive Biological Grandfather Betty Mae Peters Ermalinda Espinoza Grandfather Adoptive Mother Biological MotherAgnes Mae Cully Esther Munoz Adoptive Biological Grandmother Grandmother www.FamilyTreeTemplates.net
My Heritage Example Agnes Cully Harrison Porter Charles I Peters Helen M Bunn Grandmother Grandfather Grandfather Grandmother Betty Mae Peters Walter J. Porter Mother FatherPhillip Yvette M Porter David MitchellBrady Marshall Herlinda ME Sibling Porter Mitchell Sibling Miranda Johnny R Brady Sibling Sibling Mitchell Sibling Sibling Ermalinda Espinoza Johnny Roy Mitchell, Sr. Birth Mother Birth Father Esther Munoz Felipe Espinoza Jr. Frances Mae Paulette Jesse Edgar. Mitchell Birth Grandmother Birth Grandfather Birth Grandmother Birth Grandfather www.FamilyTreeTemplates.net
My HeritageExample ofForms Marshall Sibling Felipe & Sibling Esther Agnes & Grandparents Charles Sibling Grandparents Walter Betty Father Mother Yvette Johnny R. Mitchell Ermalinda Espinoza Birth father Birth mother www.FamilyTreeTemplates.net
Adopted Family Pictures My paternal great grandmother Maternal Grandmother: Maternal GrandfatherMy mom Betty Mae Wilson, my mom Agnes M Cully Charles PetersBetty M Peters Betty and grandmother Agnes Great Uncle RaymondMarian Anderson and Cully and Great Aunt Paternal Grandmother Jeanette Arnold Maternal great My fatherMy grandmother Agnes Helen Bunn Thompson grandmother and her Walter J. PorterCully sisters.
Birth Family Pictures Grandparents Jesse E Mitchell & Frances Paulette Father Paternal Great Johnny Roy Mitchell, Sr. Grandfather Tom Paulette Uncles Rev. Jesse E. Mitchell Mother E. EspinozaAunt Debra Mitchell Grandfather