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Question:

I am trying to locate an adoption record occuring in the 1920's .  This adoption occured in Van Buren County, Michigan.  Can you offer some research suggestions?

Answer:

Thank you for your recent submission to our “Ask a Genealogist”. You are trying to track down an adoption date in Van Buren County, MI. In order to do so, you must contact the Van Buren County  Probate Court, http://www.county-courthouse.com/mi/paw-paw/van-buren-county-probate-court , they will be able to assist you in locating the formal date of actual adoptions – that is if you have proof that Nellie’s uncle and aunt went to court to formally to adopt their niece. If there is a record, it will provide date and also any formal name change that may have been done around that time.
 
I did check the Family History Library catalog and I am afraid for  the period of time you are seeking, 1920-1930, the records have not been filmed so you will need to contact the court directly.
 
 
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