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Ask a Genealogist: Looking for an adoption in 1909 in Massachusetts.

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Question:

I am looking to see if my great-aunt's adoption took place in Suffolk County in 1909.  Can you tell me what to look at when I visit NEHGS next week?

Answer:

If you know both the original name of the child, and the name after adoption this will help you.  The birth record will be listed in the Massachusetts Vital records we have online under the original name.  You will notice that "corrected" with a date will be beside the name.  You will next want to search for an adoption on both names in the Suffolk County Probate index.  Both entries should have identical docket numbers.  Also ask a Staff Genealogist to show you the book called Names Changed in Massachusetts 1893 to 1927, this book we have for reference searches on the 4th floor (Microtext floor) at NEHGS.  The file for the divorce should be available on microfilm, however some dockets are not included in the record book copies for adoptions.

Posted by David Lambert at 07/18/2013 11:50:49 PM | 


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