Nona Ruth Scott sister of Edna (Scott) DeBoer Nona is burried in Albuquerque

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I need help finding out if Nona Ruth Scott gave birth to a child while she was in New Mexico before her death at the age of 17. Scott is her maiden name. It appears as if she never married. She was born Jan.13, 1922 (birth place unknown) she died (possibly without family) in New Mexico and is buried at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque New Mexico. Until yesterday nobody new she ever existed! I reaching here but the timeline could put her as the biological mother of my dad! The only member of his family known to us to be born in Albuquerque and the only one adopted. We THOUGHT by his step dad. But now after finding info about Nona it would make sense that he may have been adopted by his Aunt once she married in 1945. He said he was adopted when he was about 7. It all seems to just fit? How can I find birth record (actually record of delivery) from Nona?
in Genealogy Help by Mark DeBoer G2G Crew (790 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
Births so recent will not be online. You might try the county records offices for Albuquerque and adjacent counties.

I don't know if you have located Nona on a census record, but this census from 1930, when she was 8 years old states that Nona was born in Illinois.  Edna, who (maybe) adopted your father, was 13 on this census:

(Source citation information): "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2015), Illinois > Franklin > Goode > ED 32 > image 8 of 14; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

Thank you for the links! Very interesting read and found out a few things we didn't know. i do have another question, is it possible to find out if Nona Ruth Scott gave birth to a child in Albuquerque in 1938? IF we were able to find this information it would absolutely fill in alot of unanswered questions! Where would i begin to search for this info ...
Thank you!

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Mark, here are some links I found for obtaining birth records in New Mexico.  The catch is that you have to prove you are closely related to the person you are requesting information for, and I'm not sure if you have enough information to do that.  

I think you may have to find out where the adoption of your father took place and see if you can get those records.  Otherwise, I'm not sure whether you have enough evidence to request the records from New Mexico.  But, there might be enough information here for you to call and  find out whether it is really as complicated as it sounds:

Request in Person

NOTE: New Mexico birth certificates are restricted access records. State law restricts access to the registrant's immediate family members or those who represent tangible proof of legal interest in the requested record. Immediate Family means any of the following: mother, father, sibling, child, grandchild, current spouse, or maternal or paternal grandparent. Paternal grandparent is eligible if father is listed on the vital record. See the List of Acceptable Documents for Obtaining a Birth Record for details. 

Good luck!


by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (66.6k points)
selected by Mark DeBoer
I can get my dads birth certificate however it does not show his birth parents only his adoptive parents. If i can somehow get the un-revised certificate of adoption it would have the birth mother and possibly the birth father.

IF i were able to get Nona's death certificate would it show on there if she had any children? Or births, even if they were given up for adoption?

I'm beginning to think that she gave birth to my father and kept him but after her death her sister took care of the child (only 1 year old at the time of her death) then when Edna, the sister married in 1945 they legally adopted my dad. He would not have remembered any other mother figure.

This is all a big guess, but the timing just fits? IF all parties have passed away would that make it easier for me to attempt having the "closed adoption" opened?

Have you ever heard of this happening?
Where would I find out where the actual adoption took place? Possibly in Illinois where Edna and Jacob lived? Hmmm?
Mark, I wish I knew more about adoptions and how to track down leads, etc.  I did do a quick search on Wikitree and there is a group of people (ordinary Wikitree volunteers -- you could join, if you like)  called "Adoption Angels". Many of them are adoptees themselves, and have learned more about navigating "the system".  

I notice there is a "Help for Adoptees" section near the bottom of the page after you click on the above link. I wish we had gotten an Angel to notice your queries, since I am not much help, but maybe you can reach out to them. I didn't get a chance to study the page I just linked above, but I hope there is help there.  This is a link that is on the page above that might also be helpful. It gives resources by location.


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