Huge Roadblock in my Tree. Grandfather was adopted near birth, can't find any records.

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I knew my grandfather as Terry Alan Gleason Sr, born March 10, 1945 in Indiana. He passed away a few years back, so I can't glean any first hand knowledge from him.

I knew he was fostered and adopted, but recently I asked my mom if she knew anything about his parents. She said his name was actually Joe Hill at birth, changed at adoption, but she couldn't remember the biological parent's names. I learned this a few months ago, and since then have tried to find any records of baby Joe Hill born in March, 1945 in Indiana.

No luck so far. Any suggestions? I might ask my grandma if she has any memories of his parents, but I'd rather first see if I can find it myself and avoid the possibility of evoking sadness of any kind on her.

I have at least 5 generations built out through my other lines, 6+ in most of them, so this one is a big roadblock for me that I would love to solve.

WikiTree profile: Terry Gleason
in Genealogy Help by Joshua Smith G2G2 (2.4k points)
retagged by Lynda Crackett

1 Answer

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I'd suggest you try finding relatives by DNA .  Get an Autosomal DNA test and upload the results to GEDmatch and see if there are large matches which don't match any other line.  You might be able to find some such people who know something about a child who was adopted out.  I guess since you talked to your mom he was your maternal  grandfather so Y chromosome tests won't be of use. If you can talk your mom into having a DNA test you would have even better chances of discovering your grandfather's line.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)

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