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Arlington Heights: Adoption Searches

Adoption Searches Past and Present

When: Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm
Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights
Who: Matt Rutherford
More information & registration: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

You’ve just discovered that an ancestor was adopted. What do you do now? Researching adoption records is very challenging. Matt Rutherford, curator of genealogy and local history at the Newberry Library, will discuss the history of adoption records, policies and research in the United States.


I have two adopted siblings, and would like to get information on the health records of their original birth parents. Obviously, I missed this presentation at the Arlington Heights Library. Is there any chance that the proceedings or minutes of the meeting could be sent by email? Thanks DRD
Our policy is not to answer questions of a specific nature on the blog as we don't feel we can give a complete answer in this space. Instead, we encourage people to write us at or use the "contact a librarian" form found at: If you'll send us a note, Matt will be happy to get back to you with more details from his talk.

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