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Alex Haley

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness."




Psychologists who have studied identity development have coined the term, 'Genealogical Bewilderment' which deals with identity development associated with a child 'fostered, adopted, or conceived via an assisted reproductive technology procedure such as surrogacy or gamete donation (egg or sperm donation)'

Indeed, Genealogical Bewilderment is a controversial topic, but the intense emotions associated with Adoption & Genealogy are real. This project is for discussion of issues related to adoption and genealogy. Tips may be shared regarding location of biological parents as well. Most important, there's encouragement to celebrate family regardless of its beginnings.

Blog:: Genealogical Bewilderment




ORPHANAGES - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland (Ohio) History


Long Lost Family, Adoption and DNA Searches --- "Our licensed, bonded and insured investigators have over 25 years of experience in locating and reuniting long lost family members separated by adoption or circumstance, former loves, friends, military personnel and unique requests. Our services include traditional search methods, DNA testing and facilitating initial contact to help make the transition into establishing the relationship a successful one."

Phone: (541) 254-1871


Facebook:: DNA Detectives --- "Genetic genealogists focused on finding biological family for adoptees, foundlings, donor-conceived individuals, unknown paternity and all other types of unknown parentage cases. Testing recommendations here: The DNA Detectives also offers paid consulting ( for in depth and/or private assistance, but this site is for pro-bono advice on unknown parentage cases. (EVERYONE is welcome, not just adoptees.)"

Access to Adoption Records

(That link above is not active, but it will get you to a 'portal'; this link may take you directly to information for adopted people: U.S. Child Welfare Adoption info)


The Baby Scoop Era Research Initiative