Posted By:fred fest
Subject:Adoptions in NY 1898-1910
Post Date:May 15, 2005 at 14:47:38
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Forum:Sullivan County, NY Genealogy Forum
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The grandfather I am working on was born in NY in 1896 in Sullivan County. In the 1900 census he is not living with his birth family, but is living with another family in a nearby town. His relationship to the head of the family is shown as "adopted son", but he is still listed with his birth name Gerard Hessinger and keeps that name in the future. In the 1910 census when he is about 13 yrs old, he is living with yet another family in Delaware County this time, who may or may not be family, but is listed as a boarder.

Can anyone enlighten me about the adoption practice in that time period or direct me to a reference that would help? Thanks.