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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finding Information on an Adopted Ancestor

My great grandmother was adopted. We have a certificate from the Wartburg Orphans Farm School saying that she was born February 4, 1905 in Brooklyn. Her name was Emma Pearl Meyer (Meyer is the adopted name). Is there anyway of finding out her nationality. Are there records from this orphanage?
from Tabitha
OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Tabitha, there may be records of that orphanage. I would write to them directly (if they still exist) and ask for any details they can provide.

Also see the online catalogue of FamilySearch.org to check if they have microfilm records for that orphanage.

Have you checked Brooklyn Births (Vital Statistics) for the birth of a child on the specific day and year you have for Emma? I would not overlook this as a possible way to find her and her parents.

Last but not least, I'd check the online census records for 1910, 1920 and 1930 to see what is said about Emma. I like Ancestry.com for Census records but you may have another favourite site for USA Census.

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