[APG Public List] Adopted children in genealogy
laboswell at rogers.com
Sun Nov 14 08:08:29 MST 2010
I think it is relatively common. I have quite a few examples, though in some cases the child knew the grandparents were not the actual parents. In one an individual who was with the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois in the 1840s, having joined up in Canada, married in Nauvoo, where he had a son whom he named James. After the sudden death of his wife he left and returned to Canada leaving his infant son to be raised by relatives in a similar way to your story. But when he returned to Canada, he remarried, had another son by his second wife whom he promptly named James. So two half-brothers both named James grew up a thousand miles apart, never knowing each other. Both sons named their sons James, and the name continued through several more generations in the two widely separated descendant lines.
On 2010-11-13, at 9:54 PM, Rosalie Schack wrote:
> The discusion about adopted children reminds me of research I did for a client who wanted to know if her grandmother was adopted. Her grandmother was the youngest of a family of many siblings. Research revealed that she was the daughter of the oldest sibling, born out of wedlock. This was before births were recorded, but church baptismal records revealed the parantage. The father's name was not given. The child was raised as the youngest sibling in the family, and the child's mother married a few years later and moved to another state, leaving her daughter to be raised by her parents, ie. the child's grandparents. A state census listed a different birthplace of father and mother for this youngest child, as compared to her older "siblings", but every other record located listed her as the daughter of her grandparents. Although never formally adopted, she was raised as a daughter instead of a granddaughter, and she always considered her grandparents her parents. It made for a complicated report. I was glad I didn't have to fill out a family chart! At least the biological line and the adoptive line are the same. I'm sure this is a situation that is not unique.
> Rosalie Eben Schack, CG
> Owatonna, Minnesota
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