Adoption Files Available in Syracuse

In 2011 New Life Adoption Agency in Syracuse, NY closed. They had records of adoptions for over 1,000 children over the last 20 years. Lawyers for the former organization have tried in vain to find another adoption organization to take the old records. NY State and agencies within the state don’t want the records either. …

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Proposed NY Legislation Would Allow Access to Adoptees’ Birth Records

I don’t often repeat posting from other blogs but I thought this was very important news. Dick Eastman on his EOGN blog, says that he received the following email from the German Genealogy Group on Long Island: The Adoptee Bill(s) of Rights would repeal the 1935 legislation that sealed in perpetuity the original birth certificates, …

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Program on Orphanage in Canandaigua

A program on “The Ontario Children’s Home and Orphanage and its Living Legacy” will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St, Canandaigua, NY. The original Ontario Children’s Home was created by the Young Ladies Aid Society formed at the Congregational Church in 1863. The …

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Searching for…

This month Dish Network is giving a free preview of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. I was looking forward to see the series Searching for… on OWN. Genealogist Pam Slaton helps people find people they are looking for. Each hour long episode involves two search cases. Of the four episodes that I seen so far …

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Adoption Searches on OWN

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) starts tomorrow, January first. One of the programs that will start later in the year is called “Searching For…” and it is about professional genealogist Pam Slaton helping people (mostly adoptees) to find people that they have lost contact with. OWN says of the series: Viewers can expect an intensely …

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Orphans, Adoptions and Indentures, part 2

As I mentioned in the previous post, the first law in New York State that dealt with adoptions was passed until 1873. The entire law is over here on Bastard Nation an adoptee rights website. Important parts of the law are that both adopting spouses must agree to adopt a child. If a birth parent …

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Orphans, Adoptions and Indentures, part 1

I have been working on extracting Rochester, NY area adoption records from the 19th century since last August. In the process, I have learned a lot about adoptions in New York State and how orphans were treated. Plus, I have found that there were more organizations out placing orphans in the Rochester area than thought. …

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