If you are involved in such research, run, don’t walk, to read an article by Debbie Mieszala, CG, in the October-December 2008 NGS Magazine. (This issue is volume 34, #4). The article is titled “Riding the roller coaster of post-adoption research.” Debbie discusses the adoption triad (child, adoptive parents, and birth parents), respectful adoption language, possible records that were created, the two versions of a birth certificate, and gives the reader a search checklist. She does not avoid the emotional roller coaster that this research generally involves and gives tips on dealing with this issue and with making everyone as comfortable as possible.
If you are not a National Genealogical Society member, a public library, historical society or genealogical library in your area may soon have this issue on the shelf.
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