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    Last Updated: May 15th, 2009

    BookOne of the more difficult things to learn about, when it comes to ancestry are those whose ancestry had been interrupted somehow.

    Cases in point are orphans, adoptees and those who were sent to what were known in the past as the poorhouses, when both parents may have been lost for one reason or another.

    Quite frequently the records for this type thing are not available when going back more than a hundred odd years, since adoptions records were not a precise thing.

    How can you find where a given relative may have gone, or where they came from, in a case such as this.
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    One really good place to start is the Orphans Home Web site which is hosted by roots web and  will help you to find out some minimal information about your family tree, even those which are difficult to find.

    On the Orphans home you’re going to find a great deal of information that has been submitted by volunteers who also assist in transcribing it, and the information will include fact sheets from various orphanages in the US and canada, as well as orphanage rosters, as well as some miscellaneous records of various orphans, including a list of records of orphans names.

    There are also some census records which record the orphanages and those who were residents there.

    Difficulty in finding and seeing adoption records opened is paramount in many cases in creating more difficulty for those who are orphaned or adopted in many states and areas.

    The Orphans home web site makes it a little easier for the grandchildren and distant relatives of those earlier adoptees to make some type of family record or to find their earlier families and trace them back a bit further.

    In addition, a new section thats in the works now, will make your life a lot easier if your ancestors are among the roles of the orphaned or adopted. The section on the Orphans Home web site will be called “Searching For An Ancestral Orphan”.

    Particularly if your ancestors were cared for in the Soldiers Orphans Schools in Pennsylvania and were part of the those schools lists,  you will find some of the names and links here to be very helpful, since there are actual online rosters of the children who were part of the orphan schools at this time.

    If you’re seeking out someone in your family tree who was an orphan during the 1800’s, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to begin your search at the Orphans Home Web Site. Not only will you possibly find what you’re seeking, but you will likely find other links or assistance there in the people using those forums too.

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  1. #1
    Kimberly Wagner Ruiz
    May 25th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I was born May24, 1974 in Michigan City Indiana, adopted immediately out of an agency in LaPorte Indiana. My adopted parents are Elizabeth and Nate Wagner who lived in Laporte when I was born. Looking for information on my biological parents.

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    Beth Sickler
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I was born January 3, 1952 at 6:15 am in Summit County Barberton Ohio adopted immediately out of an agency in a Catholic Welfare Society, of Barberton, Ohio 44203 and resided there continuously for more than six months and Kathryn Doherty, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Welfare Society recommended the adoption. My adopted parents are Raymond Foster Sickler and Betty Elizabeth Sickler ( Maiden anme Herr) from Barberton, Ohio. My biological mothers maided name was Barbara Marie Jones from RD # 4 of Sherman Village, Summit County, Ohio. She was 20 years old when I was adopted. Journal Entry A-14133 Doc. 11 Page 31, April 29, 1953 Probate Judge Vincent Zurz. On birth cerfifcate A 51396 Reg. Dist. No. 77 Primary Teg. Dist. No. 7700 it states J. J. Weber M.D. Signature of Barberton, Ohio Jan 4 1952 Date Rec’d by Local Reg. 1-9-52 Registars Signature Charlotte P. Wallis.

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    Rici Smith
    August 12th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I am looking for my father George E. Coates. He used to be a California Highway Patrol, then he also owned a nightclub in or near Vallejo, California. My mother, Sonia Horn met him in 1958. He had a daughter about 18 years old at that time. He would be about 88-90 years old now if he is still alive. I am a female, born May 25th 1959 in Vallejo, California, Solano County. I don’t want to intrude on his life, I just want to know who he was, maybe get a picture of him.

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  4. #4
    August 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Quite often thats the case.. people just want to know a little more about them. In some cases you can find information by searching the right sites on the internet. Do you have an information about your fathers birth, where he was born or what year even?

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  5. #5
    August 21st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Looking for biological parents of Evan Montagazzi (adoptive name is (Thomas Liberto). Evan born in Beaver County, Pa in 1953. Could have been processed through the Orphans Court in Beaver County, Pa. Medical history imperative! Location of biological parents – country, state (if living) or relatives living abroad or stateside!

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  6. #6
    October 23rd, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    am looking for birthmother of fiancee. he was born nov. 8, 1959, at city hospital in akron oh. birth mother was from tennessee, and came to ohio to give birth.

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  7. #7
    January 9th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I am looking for medical history on my fathers side. My father died when I was a baby, my mother dropped me off with her family who raised me when I was 5. I have no information on father except what was on the birth certificate.
    Fathers name: Joseph Kolton, he was 26 in 1953 when I was born. He was a pastry maker. I was born in Manhatton New York, NY.

    I would like to know my medical informaiton and if the family history if possible, as I have grown children and would at least give them a little bit of a family tree.

    thank you.

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  8. #8
    January 11th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Girl, light hair & eyes. DOB supposedly 01/15/1974 in Indiana. Adopted to parents in Pennsylvania. SEEKING ANY BIRTH RELATIVES! iampeaches25 at yahoo dot com

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  9. #9
    January 13th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I was born on May 8, 1967, in Clearwater, Florida, and was adopted through an unwed mothers’ home there. I am looking for my birth mother.

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    Patty Williams
    April 30th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Born 05.22.1945, Tampa, FL; adopted 10.31.1945 by Jean & Howard Donaldson, Orlando, FL. Non-ID info includes that birth mother was married (but does not indicate to birth father), both served in the military (branch unknown), she: 5’6″, blonde hair, blue eyes, healthy, enjoyed singing; he: 5’7″, blonde hair, blue eyes, good health, owned his own business at the time of my birth, of Scottish, Irish and Native American (Cherokee) descent. There were no other children whenI was born. I’m searching for birth parents (unlikely, but not impossible, that they’re still living) and any other birth family members. Florida adoption records are sealed. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Peg Paluch
    January 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I was born June 15th or 17th, 1952 in Akron. I am Scottish and Welsh. I was told my mother never gave consent to my adoption. Therefore, I was adopted at the ripe age of 24 YEARS!

    Being birthed in Akron, OH, I was illegally transported to IL, and my new and altered birth certificate has a bunch of incorrect information on it.

    A Miss Kate Doherty was involved. I have no other information, other than my mother wanted me back.

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  12. #12
    April 21st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Hello anyone know how I can find the census records year 1900 for the kentucky children’s home there in louisville ky
    Sure wish I could find others who were in the home there also. my grandmother was taken to fleming county kentucky by hugh y harvin who worked with the home. thomas and lavinia large took her in and adopted her, in 1906. her name was hallie thompson at the time and she was born january 4,1899.

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    Michaela Tschirhart
    November 29th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My husband was born in 1953 and was fostered to an elderly couple. He has a birth certificate in his birth name and was told he was “adopted” by this other couple yet there is no birth certificate in his “adopted” name.
    Kate Doherty was involved with his placement in a new home. We have reached so many dead ends. If you have any info that may help us, please contact us.

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  14. #14
    February 28th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    If you would go to whitepages.com and type in the last name Coates then type in the word Vallejo Ca you will find there are some Coates there.

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    George Jenkins
    August 11th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I am searching for my grandfather’s parents who I understand died at an early age and the 4 children lived in an orphanage in Beaufort County, SC. My grandfather’s name was James Preston Johnson (born 1897)and his siblings were Albert, Mary and Annie. I have located 2 siblings, but can’t find Albert and can’t find who my grandfather’s parents were. Any information would be most appreicated.

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    jessica dempsey
    November 12th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I would like to know all my families name everything I can know about them so I can make a family tree book. Can you please help me out thanks so much

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  17. #17
    July 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I am trying to locate information on my mother in law. She was born during the late nineteen thirties early nineteen forties. She was raised in a orphanage. She was a twin, the other one died. Either at birth or soon after.She is not sure of her ancestry. She has a dark complection highlighted with red undertones with stick straight hair. She was never adopted, she left the orphanage at sixteen when she married. She was born near the border of North and South Carolina. We are looking for information concerning the name of an orphanage or indian school in the area that operated during that time period.

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    almontine smith
    August 1st, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I am looking for my son’s birth mother. He was born April 22, 1985 at Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He is African American.

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    Dawn Picota
    August 12th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    My Great-Grandmother Josephine Dubrock was born 11 March 1906 in Missouri. She died 2 Feb 1962. She was raised in an orphange in NYC not sure which one. She met and married Andrew Farley and had three daughters. She is my great-grandmother. I am looking for informatiom about the orphange, She was never adopted. Her husband saved her from the orphange and I am looing for her biological family.

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  20. #20
    August 13th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I am trying to find a birth mother to a male born on 11/15/1964 in or near Ridgewood, NJ. Bergan county area. Adoption was thru some sort of Catholic Adoption Center. Adoptive parents names are Michael and Maryann Taddeo.

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    tovoe ernest atsu
    September 18th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Am tovoe ernest atsu,we are twins(ernestina)and my elder sister afi.we are told that our father(jacob kwasi tovoe)travel to holand upto date he never returns,so where ever he’s we want him to know that we miss him so much,we want to see him real.00233245719307

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  22. #22
    February 23rd, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    My Great grandmother was adopted. Her name is Ruth Pritchard. She was born in 1900 Texas. My grandpa didn’t know and he died when my mom was young.

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    Virginia charles
    May 20th, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Hello, I just saw your post about your grandmother , just wondered if maybe your grandmother had a brother. My grandfather was in an orphanage in Louisville ky around 1900 .then I find him living in harrison county ky in 1910 . His name was Stanley Kuhl ,but I have been told that was an adopted last name ,just curios always looking for clues.thanks Jenny Charles

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    Deborah Wentz
    January 7th, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I’m sifting through Summit County adoption records. Call me at 216-319-0647 or email me. Maybe I can help. There is a mystery here I’m trying to unravel.

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    Deborah Wentz
    January 7th, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This was for Michaela, #13

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    Sean Morrissey
    July 29th, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I’m looking for information about an ancestor of mine named Charity Adams. She was an orphan and I’m looking for her parent’s names. Supposedly her father’s name was William. Charity was married to John Bly in 1800 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Their daughter’s name was Millicent Emelia Bly who was born on November 1, 1820, in Barren County, Kentucky. Any information will be helpful. Thank you. – Sean Morrissey

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    Sean Morrissey
    July 29th, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I’m looking for information about an ancestor of mine named Charity Adam who was born in 1783 in Kentucky. She was an orphan and I’m looking for her parent’s names. Supposedly her father’s name was William. Charity was married to John Bly in 1800 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Their daughter’s name was Millicent Emelia Bly who was born on November 1, 1820, in Barren County, Kentucky. Any information will be helpful. Thank you. – Sean Morrissey

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    Laura Karendal
    January 17th, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Hello, I see several posts about the adoptions handled by Kate Doherty in the Barberton/Akron, Ohio area. I also was adopted this way. I have researched this issue for many years and recently discovered some of the facts about the discrepancies with our adoptions. I am hopeful you will contact me soon to discuss what occurred back then. Laura

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