Looking for my paternal grandfather's birth parents.

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My paternal grandfather was born in 1916 at the Crittenden Home for unwed mother in Spokane Washington. Upon birth he was given the name Julius Adams, and after being adopted 3 different times, his name was settled at Karl Willys Jasper. His birth certificate states his mother  as Ruth Adams, supposedly 19 years old and a resident of Seattle Washington. His birth certificate states his father was named james Fitzgerald from Seattle Washington. Ruth is said to have been domestic help in James' home and became pregnant. It is said he was a bookkeeper. His adopted parents were Emily Brown of Spokane Washington and Charles Jasper of Denmark.There is alot of mystery surrounding Karl's adoption and background, and of course alot of speculations. Myself, and my dad's ex-wife have spent some years trying to locate more information on who his parents were. We have a birth certificate but are not sure if the names on the certificate are correct. I have a rather large family tree Ive spent time putting together on Ancestry, and Im not sure how to upload it to this site. I would love help locating information about my grandfather's birth parents. Thank you
WikiTree profile: Jessica Maxwell Obajinmi
in Genealogy Help by Jessica Maxwell Obajinmi G2G Crew (400 points)

Sorry, I haven't any experience on the subject. 

Perhaps the Adoptees Project can help.  Try adding the word angels to your adoption tag and re-post your question.  

Here's a Ruth Adams that matches your info. 

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S7-16N : accessed 30 September 2016), Ruth Adams in household of David Adams, Shelton, Shelton Election Precinct 5, Mason, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 23-26, sheet 2A, family 24, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4352.

Great, thank you!!

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Hi Jessica,

I found the following records on www.family.org. You may be able to find other records under Ruth Adams name and/or James Fitzgerald's name on this site.

Name:    Karl Willy Jasper
Titles and Terms:    
Event Type:    Census
Event Date:    1920
Event Place:    Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States
District:    ED 199
Gender:    Male
Age:    3
Marital Status:    Single
Race:    White
Race (Original):    White
Can Read:    
Can Write:    
Relationship to Head of Household:    Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):    Son
Own or Rent:    
Birth Year (Estimated):    1917
Birthplace:    Washington
Immigration Year:    
Father's Birthplace:    Denmark
Mother's Birthplace:    Pennsylvania
Sheet Letter:    A
Sheet Number:    7
Sheet Number and Letter:    7A
Household ID:    171
Line Number:    38
Affiliate Name:    The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number:    T625
Affiliate Film Number:    1941
GS Film Number:    1821941
Digital Folder Number:    004969003
Image Number:    00505

Household    Role    Gender    Age    Birthplace
Charles Jasper    Head    M    54    Denmark
Emily F Jasper    Wife    F    33    Pennsylvania
Karl Willy Jasper    Son    M    3    Washington

 

Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHFL-JNK : accessed 9 January 2017), Karl Willy Jasper in household of Charles Jasper, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States; citing  ED 199, sheet 7A, line 38, family 171, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1941; FHL microfilm 1,821,941.

 

Name:    Karl Willys Jasper
Titles and Terms:    
Event Type:    Census
Event Date:    1930
Event Place:    Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States
District:    ED 103
Gender:    Male
Age:    13
Marital Status:    Single
Race:    White
Race (Original):    White
Relationship to Head of Household:    Stepson
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):    Stepson
Birth Year (Estimated):    1917
Birthplace:    Washington
Immigration Year:    
Father's Birthplace:    Denmark
Mother's Birthplace:    Pennsylvania
Sheet Letter:    B
Sheet Number:    14
Sheet Number and Letter:    14B
Household ID:    232
Line Number:    58
Affiliate Name:    The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number:    T626
Affiliate Film Number:    2518
GS Film Number:    2342252
Digital Folder Number:    004955374
Image Number:    00653

Household    Role    Gender    Age    Birthplace
H Louis Schermerhorn    Head    M    57    Illinois
Emily F Schermerhorn    Wife    F    43    Pennsylvania
Karl Willys Jasper    Stepson    M    13    Washington

 

Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCQH-YF8 : accessed 9 January 2017), Karl Willys Jasper in household of H Louis Schermerhorn, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 103, sheet 14B, line 58, family 232, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2518; FHL microfilm 2,342,252.
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