[APG Public List] Adopted children in genealogy

Jacqueline Wilson wilssearch at gmail.com
Sat Nov 13 14:40:56 MST 2010

My problem is this - when the first person of the line is the adopted person, I have been told that I must follow the birth family no matter the legalities of no longer belonging to the birth family even if still related by blood.  (hope that made sense!)

I have a client who has an adopted person in their line.  I am trying to decide how to handle it as far as research goes.  Do I include the adopting family in my research and reports?

On Nov 13, 2010, at 1:53 PM, Charles S. Mason, Jr. wrote:

In a couple of my families there was a legal adoption.  In all of my cases
they were 20th century adoptions.  Therefore a legal name change was done in

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I'm interested in the list readers' thoughts concerning the following.  A 
husband and wife have two children.  The marriage ends in divorce...the 
mother remarries and the ex-husband gives up all rights to his two children.

The two children are then known by their adoptive father's surname.  All 
family members know the biological and adoptive father's.  The original 
husband would be noted, of course, as the woman's first husband and 
biological father of the two children.  But should the children be entered 
only under their adopted surname or should the biological surname be 
included in parenthesis along with the adopted surname?  Or, is there 
another way of entering this situation in a genealogy?
Thanks, Mary 

Jacqueline Wilson  
Evanston, IL

Masters Student,  Dept. US Military History
American Military University

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