Finding Adoption Records from the 1920s
December 29, 2009 10:11 AM Subscribe
My grandmother was adopted in Roseau, MN, in April of 1921 at the age of 6 months. On October 13, 1920, she was born, and given into the care of the Lutheran Children's Home Society of Minneapolis. I've found the new name of this organization, and I have the proper forms to fill out to find her original birth certificate. I still worry, however, that this won't go too far.
posted by thanotopsis to Law & Government (4 answers total)
My grandmother died in February of this year, so she can't take on this search by herself. About 15 years ago, she took a trip to Norway, and the only thing the state gave her for her passport was her "revised" birth certificate.
I believe, after speaking with the agency that holds her records, that the only way I'm going to get to her original birth certificate is via a court order from a judge in Roseau County. My questions are thus:
1) Can I reasonably take on this task without legal representation?
2) Are the fees for this sort of thing ridiculous, or should I expect to be charged standard filing fees for court activities?
3) What should be my expectations for approval? I don't imagine that the birth parents are still around to contest sharing the records for an 89 year old adoption. Would the judge deny it for any other reason? My basic purpose here is genealogical (and general curiosity, really).
I'd rather try to do this now than wait the 11 years until it becomes non-private (Minnesota law says an adoption is private for 100 years).