Adoption Records Search for Missouri Adoptees and Descendants

Heather Dodd

This presentation is to educate those who are wanting to locate official adoption records for themselves or their direct ancestors.  Adoption records laws have changed drastically over the last 6 years.

  1. How to determine where the original records may be.
  2. Which records you have a right to and under what circumstances.
  3. Who can access vital records with the adoptee’s original name at birth.
  4. Working with a search angel or intermediary.
  5. Benefits and hazards of using a search registry.
  6. Why DNA works and photos don’t.