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Adoption Angels: Historical Adoption

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Although technically historical adoption is when an adoption has occurred with one of your ancestors, some of the information here also applies to any non living adoptee for whom you are looking for the birth parents or have found the birth parents.

How To Set Up The Profile

  • For all non living adoptees, please attach only biological family to them. This will ensure others who are related to them know they are looking at a biological family tree.
  • To acknowledge the adoptive parents, you can choose two ways to do so.
  1. Add the Adopted Child Template which names both the biological parents and adoptive parents. It will also link to the adoptive parents' tree.
  2. If you don't wish to use the template, you can simply link to the adoptive parents in the biography using the Wiki ID link brackets: [[WikiTree ID|Name]].

What Name Should I Use?

There are several choices you could go with when adding your relative's name to their personal profile. It partly depends on whether you know their last name at birth or not. All of the following options are acceptable options:

LNAB=Last Name at Birth
CLN=Current Last Name
OLN=Other Last Names

  • If the last name at birth is known, use this as the LNAB, and put the adopted last name as the CLN.
  • If the last name at birth is unknown, use their adopted last name as the LNAB.
  • If the last name at birth is unknown, use the word Unknown as the LNAB until you find the birth parents. Then change the LNAB to the known birth name. Use the Adopted last name or married last name as CLN.

How To Find Birth Parents

  • Look at the earliest census for clues. Sometimes adoptees were listed under their last name at birth.
  • Look for newspaper articles at the time of birth or adoption. Often an adoption was announced in the newspaper.
  • Depending on the date of adoption, check the state where they were adopted to see if records existed at that time and if they are available to you. This link has information by state for the United States:
  • Take an Ancestry DNA test and use the DNA to discover the birth parents. Look at the following help page for how to best use your DNA results: DNA Basics for Adoptees
  • Call the local historical society for the area the family lived in or the adoption took place. They often have family stories and sometimes they mention an orphan coming to live with a family.

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  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Emma MacBeath and Adoption Angels WikiTree. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)
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I am trying to solve my dad's adoption. We know his mom, his dob and place of birth.

My dad and his biological parents are passed on. I have my atDNA from Ancestry. I have my Y-DNA from FTDNA. I have my mom's, and a sister's DNA from Ancestry, waiting on a second sister's results. So I have or will have tested all my dad's offspring. I have built trees for prospective matches @ ancestry. I have looked at WATO. I have done all I am capable of, until I understand more. The trees, surnames and Y-DNA all point to Sweden. I am hopeful to find someone to guide my next steps. I have the results, some trees, no connections, and no replies. Do you have experts that can help? I'd like to set up my dad's profile to flag the adoption. Thanks.

posted by Mark North
I'm trying to find my grandmother's birth parents, and I'm new to the WikiTree site, so I'm not sure who to contact or what to do exactly. I have some ideas on who her birth mother is, but no clues whatsoever on the father.
... ... ... was adopted about 1843
Location: Maine or Massachusetts
Adoptive Parents Biological Parents
Father: Sanford Wyman 1815-1856 Father: unk Eddy
Mother: Nancy (Williams) Wyman 1822-? Mother: unk
posted by Derrick Townsend
edited by Derrick Townsend
I am looking to confirm the birth parents.
posted by Derrick Townsend
Hi Derrick, I apologize that I didn't see this message sooner. It looks like your search goes father than the great grandparent level and that's as far as Adoption Angels helps with. But if you haven't already, I do highly recommend you take an Ancestry DNA test to help you in your search. DNA can help clarify where paperwork cannot. Best, Emma
Any suggestions for a child born in 1859 who was living with a step-father in the 1870 census, and has not been located in 1860? She never used the step-father's name.
Hi Marsha, Are you trying to find the child or figure out the birth parents? Feel free to send me a private message. Emma

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