Many adoptees think about searching for their birth parents. For some people there is a stigma or fear attached to finding birth parents. Some people never find out who their birth parents are/were. When you’re working on genealogy research adoption can be a road block in your family history. Learning about other people’s adoptive genealogy research processes will help your search.
Important information in adoption research
Tips on researching your family if you or a relative were adopted
- Look for the original birth certificate issued at the time of birth.
- Learn the adoption rules for your state. Each state is different.
- Decide whether you would like to take a DNA test to find blood related family members.
- Research local organizations that handle adoptions at your local library and state research archive.
- SearchAngels.org helps adoptees and birth parents find each other. Kansas Children’s Service League has an Adoption Search Program.
Books about adoption research
Live event about adoptive genealogy
Learn more about adoptive genealogy with author KelLee Parr and genealogy librarian Sherri Camp Thu, Nov 4, 7-8:30pm. You’ll also learn how the library can help you discover your family story. Register to attend in-person in Marvin Auditorium or by Zoom.