(4) Retrieve a copy of your final adoption decree.
(5) Locate your amended birth certificate
(6) You might want to consider DNA testing.
• Check out all the sites for possible sales as they can drop the price lower than $99.00; some of them give discounts if you buy other tests (such as getting your children tested) at the same time you order yours. Here are 3 companies who do this test, each is a bit different to work with. Prices are about $99.00 at each site but some do have sales at times or discounts. (www.ancestrydna.com & www.23andme.com & www.familytreedna.com)
(7) Contact the law firm or attorney who assisted in your adoption
(8) Contact your delivery physician
(9) File a waiver of confidently with the adoption agency, law firm, and the courts.
(10) Retrieve your petition to adopt
(11) Apply for medical records from the hospital where you were born.
(12) Contact the judge about opening your adoption records.
(13) Formally petition the court to open your adoption records.
(14) Contact the adoption agency
(15) Check both county and state records for marriage and / or divorce records for either of the birth parents.
(16) Learn about the adoption laws for your state.
(17) Check county and state death records for birth parents and birth grandparents.
(18) Write to the Adoption Regulation Unit in your state to access your adoption records.
(19) Send for a copy of where to write for birth, marriage, divorce, and death records. Superintendent of documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402
(20) Order a copy of the Guide to Genealogical Records in the National Archives The National Archives, Washington, DC 20408
(21) Find maps for the area you are searching.
(22) Create a profile or the hometown or region where each of your birth parents was said to have been from.
(23) Create a list of all the libraries in your area and in the localities where you are focusing your search.
(24) Check local newspapers from the area where you were born for birth announcements.
(25) Check local newspapers from the area where your birthparents were born for their birth announcements.
(26) Check local newspapers for wedding and engagement announcements for your birth parents.
(27) Check obituaries in local papers where you believe birth relatives may have died.
(28) Check in old city directories to try to locate your birth parents or other birth relatives.
(29) Check city directories to match an occupation to a name.
(30) Check in city directories to locate former or current employers of your birth parents.
(31) Cross reference city directory information year by year.
(32) Check in city directories to locate old addresses of birth parents or birth relatives.
(33) Check phone books and national phone directory discs for birth parents.
(34) List yourself in the phone directory of the area where you were born or in the area where you relinquished your birth child.
(35) Locate all churches of the faith of your birth parents in the area where they were living at the time of your birth - and now.
(36) Check any possible surnames against a book of possible name deviations.
(37) Check local churches in the area near where you were born for baptismal records.
(38) Check local churches in areas where you believe your birth parents may have resided for their own baptismal, marriage, or death records.
(41) Advertise in adoption search magazines.
(42) Advertise in newspapers where you believe your birth parent might reside.
(43) Contact old landlords for forwarding addresses.
(44) Contact old neighbors for forwarding addresses and other information.
(45) Visit old neighborhoods in person to locate past acquaintances of birth parents.
(46) Check with former employers about possible forwarding addresses of birth parents.
(47) Check old high school and college yearbooks.
(48) Check with a high school or college chairman about the current address of a birth parent or request a list of entire class.(49) Attempt to retrieve your original birth certificate.
(50) Read G'S Introduction for Beginners and Newcomers http://www.gsadoptionregistry.com/beginnerstutorial.html