Free on Ancestry.com

January 29th, 2007
Categories: Links

Ancestry.com regularly posts items on their website that are “in the clear.” In other words, you don’t have to have a subscription to access them. However, these free databases are often difficult to locate, as they are scattered amongst many other databases that are not free. These databases typically don’t stay free, but change as Ancestry’s promotions change. Now Clear Digital Media, Inc., best known for their http://www.interment.net/ site, has posted a new site entitled FreeOnAncestry.com. It’s a portal to Ancestry’s free databases. Basically it’s goal is to organize all of ancestry.com free stuff in one place. When the portal comes up, you will be provided with a list of different countries. You click on the country you are interested in and there… [more]

maidenname.net

January 29th, 2007
Categories: Links

A website that I have come across may be helpful in adoption search. It is www.maidenname.net. This website was conceived as the owner wondered about the women from his past as he recalled long evenings spent in college and realized he never knew how things turned out for them since many of their names change perhaps for some more than one. The site acknowledges under their FAQ section that they have received thank you notes telling of natural families reunited and family histories traced. For a person to be listed in the database they have to register information into the database in order for their name to show up. Information entered into the databases is information entered by that member and they… [more]

Internet Resources

September 1st, 2006
Categories: Links

Though out my years involved in the adoption community and as the internet has become a tool for searching it can be one of the most powerful tools available to you in your adoption search. It is a powerful tool because of the people who use it. This is particularly true when it comes to triad members searching. There are many popular online mailing lists where you can find support and encouragement as you embark on your adoption search. For myself I belong to several mailing lists to keep current on changes in regards to adoption law, access to records and provide search guidance to those who are searching. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t receive email… [more]

Internet Resources

August 3rd, 2006
Categories: Links

Surfing the internet/world wide web can be an excellent tool in the adoption search but should not replace human contact or one on one face to face interaction. While surfing the web you can travel any where but takes some navigation. To go anywhere on the world wide web you need a URL which stands for Uniform Resource Locator. The URL is an address that points to each site. When typing in the URL you always want to include “www” Spelling or typing errors in the URL are the most common error in not being able to view the web page you are trying to view. For the folks new to surfing the internet a question that you may have is… [more]

DNA and Genetics in Adoption Search

April 18th, 2006

It is a fact that humans are naturally curious about their origins. Sometimes it is not a case of curiosity but rather the need to know their origins for medical reasons. DNA and genetic testing may be an avenue you may want to travel to help solve the adoption obstacles. Genetic testing may help solve the mysteries of the past. For years I had searched for my birth father. My first personal experience with DNA was two or three years after finding my natural family. My sister’s father, had admitted that there was a possibility that he could be my natural father. He was not sure and agreed to do DNA testing to find out for sure. We had our… [more]

Social Security Death Index

April 7th, 2006

The Social Security Death Index is a several million name database that comes from the Death Masters List of the Social Security Administration System. For a person to be listed on the Social Security Death Index the individual would had to have received benefits while alive. The second part of the criteria is that if the deceased did not file for benefits, his or her survivors had to have requested and received benefits. Third, the Social Security Administration had to have filed this information electronically so that it could be available for input into the appropriate file. Therefore, you may be able to find records on people you are searching for who have died as early as the late 1930’s. The… [more]