Digging for the roots of our families
There are other more traditional search groups specifically tailored to helping adoptees. If you were born in a particular state we can direct you to the best group. Just ask at the DNAAdoption group.
In many cases, an adoptee is eligible for what is called a “non-identifying” document. This usually does not have names as they are considered identifying, but does have information from the adoption interview. The amount of information contained varies greatly; we have seen ones with just a few lines to the record 100 pages. They can give you information to help you identify the target that you are seeking.
This document usually comes from either the state or the adoption agency. In some cases, it comes from the county. This link can help you identify the source.
The majority of people on the DNAAdoption mailing list, joined to find their own information. Many people as they got up to speed have generously offered to help others. There are a number of Search Angels on this list, as well, with experience in traditional search methods. If you have not worked with a Search Angel and need one, please just ask. Sometimes you have to ask more than once as they are very busy.