Surprisingly I think I've found the "Foundling & Maternity Asylum" my Grandfather was left at upon birth in 1927.
The problem is it is a Catholic Sisters of Charity (Mother Steton) diocese; and they pride themselves on upholding their promise on anonymity to the family; indefinitely; unless the family approved the release of the information.
I understand at the time it was considered to be a shameful thing and they thought you'd never want anyone to know your shame; however we are talking almost 85 years here - the darn census records are released after like 75 or something!!
Does anyone have any experience with dealing with an organization such as this and do you know what the chances might be of obtaining more than the basic info on his mother's health at the time of birth; and hopefully uncover her name?
Thx for any insight/tips you might be able to share.
Answer by LiliMama18 at 4:24 PM on Jun. 12, 2010
Answer by Hazelnutkin at 4:27 PM on Jun. 12, 2010
Here is a link to the Adoption Search Resource Group http://www.cafemom.com/group/35065
Answer by onethentwins at 9:03 PM on Jun. 12, 2010
Answer by Southernroots at 2:32 AM on Jun. 13, 2010
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:32 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
It is over the top.The youngest she could be is 98 and no one would bother a 98 year old.So what they are doing is safeguarding her children ,grandchildren and on and on.The agreement wasn't with them and it is doubtful they are looking to be.safeguarded.So sorry.I don't know how helpful this would be but I have used ancestry.com for some genealogical stuff.Sometimes it is taking tiny bits if info finding a link and eventually finding the info.Good luck.
Answer by drfink at 2:27 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
Answer by Luuckymommy at 4:54 PM on Jun. 13, 2010
The 1930 census records are now available. So yeah 80 years. Don't expect to find anything though. I have a relative who was illegitimate, born in the late 1890's. On her death bed her mother still wouldn't tell her a thing about her father. Someone from that era would not want that information out there. It isn't going to happen.
Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Jun. 15, 2010
Answer by armycoppertop at 10:45 AM on Jun. 15, 2010
Answer by JoesGirl at 2:11 PM on Jun. 15, 2010
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