Barbara Niederhoff <iamthewind@...>
Last night, my friend's husband revealed that his[...]
Weren't birth certificates altered to show the adoptedNot in 1915. Most birth certificates and adoption records in the US
remained unsealed and unchanged until the 1930s and 1940s. New York and
West Virginia did not seal records until that time.
Somehow this NYC birth certificate shows the naturalI think the biggest hurdle will be these common names. But he does have
them, and I would echo your own advice to continue the research as any
other genealogist would. City directories and censuses are excellent
starting points and easily available through public archives and LDS
Family History Centers. I'd be especially interested in the 1915 NY
State Census, because both parents and the alleged older brother ought to
In addition, adoption records (if there were any) *should* be available,
since they would not have been sealed and should not have been affected
by subsequent laws. But I have no expertise on where to look for them;
perhaps someone else can help with that. If found, the birth parents'
1915 address *may* be there, which could be helpful if census & other
sources show more than one couple with the same names.
If all parties are deceased, are the records stillThis doesn't apply to your friend's husband, since the 1915 records
shouldn't have been sealed in the first place. However, for people whose
records were indeed sealed, death has no effect on availability. I am
not aware of any state in which sealed adoption records would
automatically be unsealed if proof of the parties' deaths were provided.
In theory, it's possible that a court order could be obtained.