How do I find the real parents of my grandfather who was adopted in Johnson County, Kansas by Daniel Hall Ryan?

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My grandfather, John (middle name Henry, I think) shows on the 1870 United States Federal Census in Aubry Township in Johnson County, Kansas as five years old, adopted son of Daniel Hall Ryan and Hulda Ryan.  I don't know if the adoption was done there and if it was done formally/legally.  We have not been able to find any records.
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in Genealogy Help by Dee Armstrong G2G Rookie (250 points)

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My first line of attack would be an auDNA test. With the number of people doing DNA tests these days, you might be in luck.

Secondly, if you have a brother, a Y DNA test would be very beneficial.
by Lance Martin G2G6 Mach 8 (84.3k points)
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Kansas in 1870 ,they started keeping records abt 1910,In 1870 Kansas was known as Indian Territory.A few early records were voluntarily reported.

But not many.You can read abt it on Google.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (868k points)
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