Question #1: Why do you use a ? if you do not know an answer for a Question on a form instead of putting Unknown on a form.
Answer #1: we use a ? because it uses less data when uploading on our web page. It also saves every one time and is much quicker when reading forms.
Question #2: Why do we use the colors that are on our web site.
Answer #2: Red, White, & Blue, are for USA plus Red and White are the School colors of Mankato, West High School. This High School was the one Danna, Gary and the rest of their family graduated from.
Question #3: The Colors that are on this site make it hard for me to read anything. Can I change them.
Answer #3: Yes If any of the colors bother you left click on your mouse, hold down, and drag to bottom.This will change the color, so you might be able to see better.Or Get Firefox Click on tools, then options, then content, then colors and make them any color you want. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Question #4: Why do we use the birth date format that we use on this web site. EXAMPLE: 1-11-1941 and not 1-11-41 or any of the other possibilities.
Answer #4: We use the 1-11-1941 format because to use the 01-11-1941 format you add all the 0's. You would have on over 29,000 forms and trying to upload that much extra data, you would soon see why it is this way. You need the full year because we have forms from 1800 and 1900 and soon will have forms from 2000. So this is why you don't just use the 1-11-41 format. You need the whole birth date month, day and year.
Question #5: I can only see one column of forms.
Answer #5: If you can not view the second (right side) column you need to set your text to medium.Or you can go to view then zoom out.
Question #6: What is Non Identifying Info.
Answer #6: Non-Identifying Information is the information that the Adoption Agency or Attorney collects at time of adoption this will consists of:
Adoptees non-identifying information consists of:
• Age of the birth parents at time of child's birth. • Heritage of birth parents, which includes national origin and race. • Medical history of family members given at time of adoption. • Number of years completed in school. • Hobbies, interests, and occupation if birth parents were working. • Physical description of the birth parents at the time child was adopted, height, weight, and color of hair, eyes, and skin. • Other children of the birth parents, if applicable. It will normally tell if the older children were adopted out as well, or lived with grandparents, or were with birth parents. • Religion of birth parents. • Information relating to whether or not each birth parent was alive at time of child's birth, and if birth father or birth mother was in the military. • It will normally mention reasons child was placed for adoption by the birth parents. Adoptive family non-identifying information consists of: • Information concerning the adoptive parents ages • Occupation, hobbies and interests of adoptive parents • Other children of the adoptive parents and whether or not they were natural children or also adopted. Not all States or Adoption Agency or Attorneys offer everyone non identifying information. Some are very complete, while others may not be.
Question #7: How do I Copy and Paste.
Answer #7: To copy and paste, just left-click on your mouse and hold down the clicker, and drag it over the area you want to copy, and that will be highlighted in blue, and either right-click and click on 'copy', or click 'edit' and then 'copy'. To paste, put the pointer where you want the copied text, right-click on the mouse and click on 'paste', or click the pointer where you want the info and click on 'edit' and then on 'paste'.
Question #8: How do I make a folder.
Answer #8: To make a folder to store information on your computer, just right-click anywhere on the desktop or within a main category of information like "My Pictures", and click on "New", then click on "Folder". Right-click on the mouse with the pointer on "New Folder", and left-click "Rename", write in the new name of the folder, and to finish, click elsewhere in the area or the new folder name may not be permanent. Then you can add any information you want, to the new folder."
Question #9: What do the terms Adoption Triad or Adoption Triangle mean?
Answer #9: These terms are both used to describethe three-sided relationship that exists in an adoption between birth parents, adoptive parents and the adoptee, each of which is interrelated and inter-dependent on the others.
Question: #10: Why Are Babies Born with Blue Eyes ?
Answer #10: You inherit your eye color from your parents, but no matter what the color is now, it may have been blue when you were born. Why ? Melanin, the brown pigment molecule that colors your skin, hair, and eyes, hadn't been fully deposited in the irises of your eyes or darkened by exposure to ultraviolet light. The iris is the colored part of the eye that controls the amount of light that is allowed to enter. Some other animals are born with blue eyes, too, such as kittens.
Melanin is a protein. Like other proteins, the amount and type you get is coded in your genes. Irises containing a large amount of melanin appear black or brown. Less melanin produces green, gray, or light brown eyes. If your eyes contain very small amounts of melanin, they will appear blue or light gray. People with albinism have no melanin in their irises and their eyes may appear pink because the blood vessels in the back of their eyes reflect light.
Melanin production generally increases during the first year of a baby's life, leading to a deepening of eye color. The color is often stable by about 6 months of age. However, several factors can affect eye color, including use of certain medications and environmental factors. Some people experience changes in eye color over the course of their lives. People can have eyes of two colors. Even the genetics of eye color inheritance isn't as cut-and-dried as was once thought, as blue-eyed parents have been known (rarely) to have a brown-eyed child!
Question: #11: What does the term OBC mean.
Answer #11: It is short for Original Birth Certificate
Question: #12: What does the term Final Decree mean.
Answer #12: The Final Decree is a document that lists the adoptive parent's names and the adoptee's name, etc. It's a legal document that the courts present to the adoptive parents when the adoption is finalized.
Question: #13: How do I find the place of death.
Answer #13: To find the place of death.....contact the County where the death occurred or look online for their web site. If the County does not handle that (due to year of death) contact the State.
Often there is a form online you can print along with instructions and the fee (usually under $20).
Some places require you to send a copy of your photo identification for their files.
Be sure to read the instructions -- an uncertified copy may not have Cause of Death. Be sure to order what you need.
If you want to get CAUSE of Death, you will probably need to state on the request form that you ARE a child or descendant of the deceased. Otherwise you do NOT get Cause of Death, just a death certificate.
Despite sending in your photo ID and saying you are a child of the deceased THEY have NO WAY to disprove what you say on the request.
They are only asking that you state these things in case you turn out to be an identity thief so that they can find you and charge you with additional charges.
Question: #14: What is Open Adoption
Answer #14: Open adoption is now the most widely practiced form of adoption in the U.S.
In open adoption birth parents and adoptive parents meet one another, share full identifying information, and medical history or birth family genealogy.
They have direct access to ongoing contact over the years.
Research clearly shows the more open an adoption is, the better it is for all members of the adoption circle members / adoption triad. Openness in adoption serves the best interests of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees.
Question: #15: What is an Amended Birth Certificate.
Answer #15: Amended Birth Certificate is given after the adoption is finalized, a new birth certificate is created for the adoptee. This new birth certificate has all the adoptive parent's info, adoptee's name, etc. There's no way to tell an amended birth certificate from an original birth certificate. The only connection between the two is it has the SAME birth certificate # in most states.
Other times birth mother was checked in to birth hospital using adoptive mother name and adoptive father name. In these cases there is no record of birth mothers info. Or even a adoption. This is known as a Graymarket or Blackmarket adoption. Blackmarket & Graymarket Victims Registry page
Original Birth Certificate (OBC) - This is the first birth certificate created for adoptees. It has the name of the birth mother, and occassionally the birth father. Many states don't allow adoptees to get a copy of this birth certificate. It is a sealed record.
Question: #16: What is a Search Angel
Answer #16: Search Angels are volunteers who offer certain kinds of search help without charge. Generally, they are not professional detectives or people finders, although some have developed exceptional search skills as a Genealogist or Search Angel or Retired Detective. • Services typically offered by Search Angels are: • Help with online search tools (looking through registries, checking online public records, doing name searches) • Library lookups (City Directories, old phone books, old newspapers, birth records if available) • Local legwork (visits to addresses you may have, city halls, schools if you know the name to check old yearbooks, etc.) • Local phone calls • Some search angels have purchased a series of records or databases, usually specific to a certain state, but in some cases, for entire regions, counties, provinces, or countries. Others have access to school yearbooks from one or more schools. • If you ask a search angel to make copies of documents, mail you papers, make long distance calls, or incur other expenses on your behalf, be prepared to pay for them in advance. Search angels donate their time and talents, but please don't expect them to absorb any expenses. Difference of Individual or Team Search Angels
Question: #17: What does the term Black Dutch mean.
Answer #17: Black Dutch is a term used to refer to men and their families from coal mining areas, many of whom were from the Black Forest area of Germany. (hence the term Black Dutch).
It has several different meanings in USA dialect and slang. It generally refers to racial, ethnic, or cultural roots. Its meaning varies, and such differences are contingent upon time and place. Several varied groups of multiracial people have sometimes been referred to as, or identified as "Black Dutch," most often as a reference to their ancestors. Black Dutch is an unofficial American ethnic designation. It was commonly used in Pennsylvania among ethnic Germans, some of whom migrated south to Virginia and other points. Separately, it became adopted around 1830 and afterward among certain Southeastern families of mixed-race ancestry, especially those of Cherokee descent. When used in the South, it usually did not imply African admixture, although some families who used the term were of tri-racial descent.
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