Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

Be­fore 1927, all adoptions were in­for­mal. Some records may have been kept by the fam­ily and there may be a ref­er­ence to adop­tion in le­gal doc­u­ments, such as wills, but there was no na­tional reg­is­ter. Even af­ter 1927, when for­mal adop­tion with a cen­tral reg­is­ter was in­tro­duced, in­for­mal ar­range­ments con­tin­ued.

There are no on­line reg­is­ters or in­dexes of for­mal adoptions in Eng­land and Wales. Any­one who wants to trace the birth rel­a­tives of adoptees, like Nicky Camp­bell

(right), should con­sult the Adop­tion Search Re­union site at www.adop­tion searchre­union.

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