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*[http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com]'s [http://www.reunite.com Reunite.com]
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*[http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com]
*[http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History Getting Started with Your Family History]
*[http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History Getting Started with Your Family History]
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*[http://www.in.gov/isdh/bdcertifs/history.htm Indiana State Department of Health adoption information page]
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*[http://www.in.gov/isdh/20371.htm Indiana State Department of Health adoption information page]
*[http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry]
*[http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry]
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==[[Contact Local & Family History Services | Contact Local & Family History Services]]==
 
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==  Finding Birth Families ==
==  Finding Birth Families ==
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By [[User:Libby the Librarian | Libby Feil]]
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By Libby Feil
Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents.  Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.<br /><br />
Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents.  Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.<br /><br />
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If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted.  To find out what information you can obtain, visit a site such as [http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com] and look at [http://laws.adoption.com/ their summaries of adoption law by state].  A good [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/indiana-laws.html summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information] can be found there.  The Indiana State Department of Health website also has [http://www.in.gov/isdh/bdcertifs/history.htm an adoption-related page] with official information on obtaining identifying information on your birth family.<br /><br />
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If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted.  To find out what information you can obtain, visit a site such as [http://www.adoption.com Adoption.com] and look at [http://laws.adoption.com/ their summaries of adoption law by state].  A good [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/indiana-laws.html summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information] can be found there.  The Indiana State Department of Health website also has [http://www.in.gov/isdh/20371.htm an adoption-related page] with official information on obtaining identifying information on your birth family.<br /><br />
So what happens in the event you can't get identifying information?  Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry.  The largest, most respected, and most recommended adoption reunion registry is the [http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry].  This site is completely FREE.  To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their [http://www.isrr.net/faq.shtml FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page].<br /><br />
So what happens in the event you can't get identifying information?  Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry.  The largest, most respected, and most recommended adoption reunion registry is the [http://www.isrr.net/ International Soundex Reunion Registry].  This site is completely FREE.  To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their [http://www.isrr.net/faq.shtml FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page].<br /><br />
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What next?  The [http://www.sjcpl.org/ St. Joseph County Public Library] has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family.  Check out some of these titles:
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What next?  The [http://www.libraryforlife.org/ St. Joseph County Public Library] has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family.  Check out some of these titles:
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1.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification&1%2C%2C5 The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide:  Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond]'', by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn N. Giddens<br />
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1.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=the+adoption+reunion+survival+guide&searchscope=2 The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide:  Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond]'', by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn N. Giddens<br />
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2.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification&2%2C%2C5 Family Matters:  Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption]'', by E. Wayne Carp<br />
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2.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=family+matters+secrecy+and+disclosure&searchscope=2 Family Matters:  Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption]'', by E. Wayne Carp<br />
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3.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification&4%2C%2C5 Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents]'', by Jane Askin<br />
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3.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=search+a+handbook+for+adoptees&searchscope=2 Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents]'', by Jane Askin<br />
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4.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification&5%2C%2C5 Searching for a Piece of My Soul]'', by Tammy L. King<br />
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4.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=searching+for+a+piece+of+my+soul&searchscope=2 Searching for a Piece of My Soul]'', by Tammy L. King<br />
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5.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dAdoptees+--+United+States+--+Identification/dadoptees+united+states+identification/1%2C3%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+united+states+identification+handbooks+manuals+etc&1%2C1%2C Missing Pieces:  How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook]'', by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill<br />
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5.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=missing+pieces+how+to+find+birth+parents&searchscope=2 Missing Pieces:  How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook]'', by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill<br />
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6.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search~S2?/Xbirthparents&searchscope=2&SORT=DZ/Xbirthparents&searchscope=2&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=birthparents/25%2C42%2C42%2CB/frameset&FF=Xbirthparents&searchscope=2&SORT=DZ&29%2C29%2C The Ultimate Search Book:  Worldwide Adoption and Vital Records, from the Files of Americans For Open Records (AmFOR)]'', by Lori Carangelo<br /><br />
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Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then your search will be quite like anyone else's family history search.  Come into [http://www.sjcpl.org/localhistory/ Local & Family History Services] to find out more about how to begin, or read [http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History our guide on the subject] online.<br /><br />
Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then your search will be quite like anyone else's family history search.  Come into [http://www.sjcpl.org/localhistory/ Local & Family History Services] to find out more about how to begin, or read [http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Genealogy#Getting_Started_with_Your_Family_History our guide on the subject] online.<br /><br />
If you were adopted in St. Joseph County, here are a few more titles to help you:<br /><br />
If you were adopted in St. Joseph County, here are a few more titles to help you:<br /><br />
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1.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search~S2?/dAdoptees+--+Identification+--+Information+services/dadoptees+identification+information+services/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+indiana+saint+joseph+county&1%2C%2C3 Adoption Surnames Abstracted from St. Joseph County, Indiana Court Records]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br />
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1.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=adoption+surnames+abstracted+from+st.+joseph+county&searchscope=2 Adoption Surnames Abstracted from St. Joseph County, Indiana Court Records]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br />
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2.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search~S2?/dAdoptees+--+Identification+--+Information+services/dadoptees+identification+information+services/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+indiana+saint+joseph+county&2%2C%2C3 Adoptions in St. Joseph County, Indiana to the Year 1941, Grouped in Alphabetical Order Under the Adoptive Names]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br />
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2.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=adoptions+in+st.+joseph+county+indiana+to+the+year+1941&searchscope=2 Adoptions in St. Joseph County, Indiana to the Year 1941, Grouped in Alphabetical Order Under the Adoptive Names]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br />
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3.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search~S2?/dAdoptees+--+Identification+--+Information+services/dadoptees+identification+information+services/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dadoptees+indiana+saint+joseph+county&3%2C%2C3 Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Adoption Records, ca. 1900-1941]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br /><br />
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3.  ''[http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/t?SEARCH=index+to+st.+joseph+county+indiana+adoption+records+&searchscope=2 Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Adoption Records, ca. 1900-1941]'', by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)<br /><br />
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Latest revision as of 17:46, 9 June 2011

Useful Links

Finding Birth Families

By Libby Feil

Every year, many adopted children decide to search for their birth parents. Whether you're a teenager or a senior citizen, it might be possible for you to find members of your birth family or at least learn more about them.

If you don't already know who your birth parents were, you can try to find out more information from the state in which you were adopted. To find out what information you can obtain, visit a site such as Adoption.com and look at their summaries of adoption law by state. A good summary of the Indiana state laws governing access to adoption information can be found there. The Indiana State Department of Health website also has an adoption-related page with official information on obtaining identifying information on your birth family.

So what happens in the event you can't get identifying information? Whether you know anything about your birth family or not, you can still register with an adoption registry. The largest, most respected, and most recommended adoption reunion registry is the International Soundex Reunion Registry. This site is completely FREE. To learn more about how to register and how it works, read their FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

What next? The St. Joseph County Public Library has several books that can help you figure out how to get more identifying information about your birth family. Check out some of these titles:

Adoptionreunionsurvival.gif Familymatters.gif Searchhandbook.gif Searchingpiece.gif

1. The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond, by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn N. Giddens
2. Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption, by E. Wayne Carp
3. Search: A Handbook for Adoptees and Birthparents, by Jane Askin
4. Searching for a Piece of My Soul, by Tammy L. King
5. Missing Pieces: How to Find Birth Parents and Adopted Children, a Search and Reunion Guidebook, by Paul Drake and Beth Sherrill


Once you have found some identifying information about your birth parents, then your search will be quite like anyone else's family history search. Come into Local & Family History Services to find out more about how to begin, or read our guide on the subject online.

If you were adopted in St. Joseph County, here are a few more titles to help you:

1. Adoption Surnames Abstracted from St. Joseph County, Indiana Court Records, by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)
2. Adoptions in St. Joseph County, Indiana to the Year 1941, Grouped in Alphabetical Order Under the Adoptive Names, by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)
3. Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Adoption Records, ca. 1900-1941, by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society (SBAGS)


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