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Re: George Berg - adoption
Posted by: Jackie Marler (ID *****2785) Date: November 19, 2012 at 03:54:37
In Reply to: George Berg - adoption by Mary Bronson of 17707

Unfortunately, a lot of things come into play with adoptees records. It was a common practice, if an actual birth record for a child who was adopted was available, their original record was "altered" to reflect their adopted parents' information rather than their birth parents. In some states, the original record might still be available via court order, i.e. hiring a lawyer =$. If his adoption was a formal one, through an agency, some agencies give what they call "non-identifying" information (for a fee $ or free depending on the agency's take on the situation.) This is done because in older adoptions very little provision was made for future contact between the adoptee and their birth parents which today often includes permission to contact parties concerned. Don't underestimate non-identifying information however, it sometimes has enough "oomph" to answer questions and get you to the right family.

In your father-in-law's lifetime, he probably had to apply for a Social Security number and provide proofs for it. Perhaps there may be more information about his origin in the application. The SS-5 are a bit spendy last I heard were $30-$35 and may or may not contain something of interest.

Good Luck, Mary!

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