Here is my experience.
My father David Wihelm Chapman was born 5 Jan 1931 and died 29 Sep 2005. Well to make a long story short his grandmother Delilah V. Helms adopted him. and the record was sealed. She had hoped to keep his birth a secret. In 2007 the law changed here in Massachusetts and adoption records could be accessed with my birth certificate and David's death certificate. With $40 I sent in to vital records of Massachusetts and found out his father was from Wellfleet, MA otherwise the ancestry of my father would not be known as no one would ever speak of it.