Grandmother's adoption info

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Hi all, I didn't realize my grandmother was adopted until after she passed and I looked at her first two census' where she's listed as adopted child.

According to my info, she was born June 7, 1909 in Denver CO.

Does anyone have any ideas how I can find more of her history?  Thanks a bunch!

Kathy
WikiTree profile: Ruth Craig
in Genealogy Help by Kathy Altomare G2G1 (1.4k points)
edited by Kathy Altomare
You might like to edit your question and add the tag Adoption Angels, so the right people should see it.
thanks Marion!

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Thanks!  And yes!  Those census' are the first & only indications that we knew she was adopted.  She sure held that secret close.

I'm trying to find more info but I'm not sure Denver kept adoption records in 1909
Florence was the daughter of Burton Wilkinson and Nancy Haynes. She maybe had a sibling who was Ruth's parent?

The Ballou's were likely blood kin ?

sent you Florence's birth record
Thanks Eddie.  Was that typically the case at the turn of the century?  That adoptees were likely related?  Makes sense.

Thanks for the birth record!
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 The Colorado Department of Human Services will release information to adoptees who are at least 18 years of age. Please contact CDHS at CDHS_COAdoptionRecords@state.co.us to request an adoption record.  

In 1851, Massachusetts passed the nation's first adoption statute. It required that judges determine if adoptive parents had consent from the adoptee's guardian or parent, “sufficient ability to bring up the child,” and that it was “fit and proper that such adoption should take effect
See  vhttps://adopteerightslaw.com/colorado-obc/https://adopteerightslaw.com/colorado-obc/ for Colorado adoption law.   
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (662k points)
Thank you Laura, I'll look into this.

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