Adoption research is much more complex than basic genealogical research because there are almost always emotional issues involved, often deep and hidden ones, and their focus is often on finding the LIVING; parents, siblings and relatives. This is a complex quest, and it can get very emotional. Those in the adoption triad (adoptee/adoptive family/birth family) who wish to find their "family" may want to join a local support group first, for the emotional support.
Rootsweb's Guides to Family Research: http://rwguide.rootsweb.com/ and
Guide 31, Adoption and Orphans Records: http://rwguide.rootsweb.com/lesson31.htm
Contain links to articles on: Searching for Birth Relatives (adoption.com); How to Search (adopting.org); and Locating Living Persons.
Additionally there are links to articles that cover these important topics:
Know why you are searching
Some things to think about
Making the decision to search
Choices in Searching: (Intermediaries, etc.)
Thanks to Myra Gormley for the above information.
Rootsweb Adoption list. To join, send a NEW email
Search the list archives at http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl
Adoption Message Boards: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/rw/topics.adoption
Adopted Persons looking for Birth Parents (Adoptee Rights): http://www.bastards.org/
Bastard Nation's Tour of United States Adoptee Access law: http://www.bastards.org/activism/local/adlaw.htm
If you find a living parent, you can contact the Social Security Administration to forward a letter. Send that letter to the following address:
Freedom of Information Officer
Social Security Administration
4-H-8 Annex Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21235
From an old post (links not verified): Adoption Search Links
http://www.adoption-assist.com/pands/search.html Adoption Org: You can
search using whatever information you have. Leave any unknown fields
blank. For example, to search an entire year, enter the year only.
http://www.adoptiontriad.org/netregistries.htm Adoption Triad Org:
Serving adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families since February
http://www.crimetime.com/online.htm Black Book Online: Free Web Searches
for Investigators (public)
Home Page: This site is to help people search for their biological
http://www.mhtc.net/~guapa/Navigation/Link.htm Links Galore: Michigan
Adoption Search Links
400+ Adoption Links
http://www.pbnreunion.com/ PBN Reunion Bureau
http://www.qbsearch.com/ 18 Search Engines together
USA: This is a subscription database sold only to libraries, educational
institutions and government agencies. From finding old friends and
planning vacations to conducting market research and choosing a health
care provider, this extensive database offers the information you need
-- in a fast, convenient format.
http://www.reunite.com/reunion/reunionregistries1.asp The Big List of
Reunion Registries: Reunite.com has compiled more than 400 reunion
registries, classifieds, message boards, and guestbooks to help you
locate birthfamily. These sites and organizations allow you to list your
information so that the person you are looking for can find you. Become
findable by adding your information to each appropriate registry. The
person you are looking for may already be looking for you.
http://www.nettrace.com.au/resource/search/people.html People Search
Sites: Search Sites, Resources, Services, and Tools that allow you to
search for people and personal information. Start your People Search
from Net-Trace today.
http://members.aol.com/bmom2amy/SearchPosts.html D_s Database: This site
is an assembly of all the search posts sent to me, each state is
arranged by date. Begun 1/22/99, it is updated daily. Email me with
your information and I will be happy to include you. If you have a
'match', you will receive a note from me with a copy of each post. I
appreciate being updated if your information changes or you find. ~ This
data base is a compilation of entries that are sent to me personally by
people like you, or appear (or have appeared) on friends guestbooks, and
are forwarded to me. I also belong to a service called OneReg. If you
find your post here and you don't want it to be, please Email me, it
will be removed immediately.
http://freeweb.wpdcorp.com/relinquished/sites_n_registries.htm Sites &
http://www.skipease.com/ Skip Trace
http://www.adopteesearchcenter.org/index.html Adoption Search Registry:
Welcome to the Adoptee Search Center Registry. We have revamped the site
so that it will be easier for you to use. You will notice Links to your
left to help you in your search. Please understand that this is not a
search service. It is a registry. Being that it is a registry, you will
not hear from us unless there is the possibility of a match. On a very
rare occasion, we do take help people complete their searches through
free search services. However, this is always done at our discretion.
We provide free search advice and tips for anyone who may ask for them.
Consent Reunion Registry. We are a group of volunteers helping to
reunite members of the adoption triad.
http://www.who-me.com/ Who? Me? is a Reverse People Finder website. A
site where someone may be trying to find you. Is someone, somewhere,
looking for you? Could an old, lost or missing friend be trying to find
you? Is a bMother, sibling or bChild, from an adoption in the past,
looking for you? Is an old army buddy, or high school sweetheart trying
to locate where you have moved to these days? Is your alma mater looking
for you for a class reunion? If you are at all curious as to who could
be looking for you
and whether one or more of them may have posted a note to you here on
our system, then enter some details on yourself and click 'Basic Search'
just below. If you want to do a more complete search of our complete
database of more than 15,000 posted notes, you can choose our "Search
Wizard" or our "Power Search" forms. Searching is entirely free.
Adoption Search Database
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it--and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again--and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), 1835-1910