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Re: My great grandma was adopted by knepper family, help.
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: March 28, 2011 at 02:52:03
In Reply to: Re: My great grandma was adopted by knepper family, help. by Nicole Neal of 797

I assume you mean the California Death Index that shows Ida Esther Nelson's father was a Lora. The records you need are most likely not going to be found online and just hoping someone out there has the info could result in a long, long indefinite wait with uncertain results. I suggest the direct and perhaps unavoidable approach that is to get a copy of her death certificate which should have the complete names of her parents. Her obituary, Social Security application and marriage record may have the info too. Hopefully they have exactly where she was born. Yes, they may list her adoptive parents in some of these records (assuming she was actually adopted and not simply raised by the Kneppers), but most likely they have her natural parents if her death certificate does.

To confirm the data from these documents try this approach. In 1903 births in Pennsylvania were recorded at the county level at the Register of Wills in the county the doctor reported the births. Most, but not every birth was recorded as the requirement was not strictly enforced. If she was born in Carbon County that record would now be at the Carbon County Archives in Jim Thorpe, PA which used to be the town of Mauch Chunk where Ida is listed in the 1910 census. However, she may not have been born in Carbon County, but it is a good place to start. Knowing her exact place of birth naturally will make it much easier by not having to check every county birth record.

Once you have the names of her parents it still may be a struggle to find data on her parents beyond their names especially if they were not married, but there are ways.


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