Posted By:Jerri Strombeck
Subject:Re: Joseph and Mollie Leesnitzer 1926 Norfolk, VA.
Post Date:October 18, 2012 at 09:15:56
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Forum:Washington, D.C. Genealogy Forum
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Many adoptions were informal back then, there may not even be any adoption papers. Often the child was from an extended family member, a friend's family, or "a friend of a friend of a friend"

And if it was from an adoption agency, many of them lied to their clients, both knowingly and unknowingly.

Joseph applied for an emergency passport back in 1919 while in Port-Said, Cairo, Egypt. He was a merchant seaman and wanted to return to the US. He was unmarried at that time.

Are there any family stories that would help?