One thing you can try to do is seek out probate records where you are stumped. If the man died intestate (without a will) but owned property, a probate was likely held. Oftentimes, the list of children (even grown and married ones) will be listed under the probate. Good luck! And Merry Christmas!
My name is Molly, and I would like to think that I know what I'm doing; but in reality I really have very little idea. I started doing some infrequent research several years ago as a hobby, I was able to uncover a few little known facts about my father's people and felt very proud of myself, and so started looking at my mother's illusive Pandora's Box of information. That little venture has me banging my head on a wall, I should have known better given her circumstances. My mother it seems was a 1943 'Black Market Baby' obtained by a well placed $50 with the Sisters of Charity. My mother passed away 20 years ago at the age of 54 she never stopped looking, going through records, petitioning courts (I am from the State of Texas and her records are sealed) So with bits and pieces of our scattered, strange information I forge onward. I tested with 23andme about a month ago and was assigned the Haplogroup of H, I thought that was so generic (again I am not very learned in this area) so I took it upon myself to do research on my own concerning a topic that I struggle to comprehend. At any rate I ended up on www.dna.jameslick.com and followed the instructions to save my fasta file to my computer and uploaded the data. I received HVR1 HVR2 and CR mutations with no perfect match. So today I mailed in my Ancestry DNA kit. It seems that with every step I take I walk deeper into darkness, very frustrating. Any insight would be so greatly appreciated.
Hi Molly--Never give up--I too was adopted but different circumstances--do you know what the current laws are in Texas now for opening the records--and have you been able to see a copy of her non identifying info--send me a email at my other firstname.lastname@example.org thanks patricia
Have you uploaded your raw data to GedMatch.com and Gedmatch.Genesis? That should help you find any relatives who have tested DNA with any of the various companies and uploaded their data. The family trees connected with matching DNA kits can help you connect the dots. See the information below about Facebook groups that can help with this.
Texas has a Central Adoption Registry program, but it unfortunately does not accept requests from children of adoptees. a href="https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/adoptionregistry.shtm%3E" target="_blank">https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vs/reqproc/adoptionregistry.shtm>;
There is a Texas Adoption Registry where you can search for potential adoptees/birth parents who have registered and perhaps you can add your mother to the database too. a href="https://adoptiondatabase.quickbase.com/db/7c2gsmqv?a=q&qid=70%3E" target="_blank">https://adoptiondatabase.quickbase.com/db/7c2gsmqv?a=q&qid=70>;
There is another Texas adoption registry at
a href="http://www.gsadoptionregistry.com/texas.html%3E" target="_blank">http://www.gsadoptionregistry.com/texas.html>;
This information may be useful to you:
a href="https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Texas_Vital_Records%3E" target="_blank">https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Texas_Vital_Records>;
If you know her DOB and the city she was born in, I would be tempted to search FamilySearch for those elements and see how many hits you get. It might be interesting to then weed through those, eliminating the birth certificates of the females who you can find via Google later in life (school records, newspapers, etc).
There are also groups on Facebook that help adoptees and adoptee's family members use DNA results to find relatives. See SEARCH SQUAD and DNA DETECTIVES.
Hi I'm TRISHETTE MARTIN I THINK MY BLOOD LINE IS PART OF THIS...
Welcome aboard, Cindy Pirani. My goodness, but do you ever have your work cut out for you! I would go with the Ohio record you found as it sounds more viable — especially since it is entirely possible for two different people, unrelated, to have the very same name. Also, if your ancestor owned property but died intestate, check the Probate Court Records! Oftentimes, the names of the children are listed, dead or alive. This was key in my own research. I've applied to the D.A.R. most recently, but before I could send off the formal application and my records, I had to connect my third great-grandmother to her father.
Since she was born in 1822, and census records didn't record the names of the household until 1850, proving she was her father's daughter was problematic. She also married in 1837. What cinched the deal (with the much-needed help of the local chapter registrar) was finding the microfiche number for the correct county and state probate court case. From there I was able to find a Probate Court Case Number. I still had to call the County Clerk to get the information, but, not only were the pages quite clear, although she couldn't read them, she printed off any pages that appeared to have names on them. 21 in all. I was not obligated to pay for them, but I did anyway. The whole deal cost me less than $8.00 to have them shipped to me! Suffice it to say, I got an early Christmas present. My third great-grandmother was listed including her married name!
Once I received the copy of my paternal grandfather's death certificate, I was ready to sign the formal application. It's in D.C. at the National D.A.R. headquarters. I've gone through the first two steps: scanning and recording and am now in step 3: Pending. It should be about 2 2 1/2 months before I hear back.
I would suggest, you're not the only family in the weeds when it comes to oft-repeated names! I thought my Dad's surname was crazy-insane. My great-grandfather left England in his teens because he managed to disgrace his family. He shot a rabbit, of all things. I won't go into the absurdity of England's pouching laws, but, he named his six sons after his father, himself and his brothers. My second-cousin, once removed, is a granddaughter of a Frank Dewdney, as I am. However, her Frank is the brother of my great-grandfather! My Frank, also named his six sons after his father and brothers. Dad decided he would 'break that trend'.
This only prepared me for further back in time. I view it now as a sort of 'training ground'. I daresay, don't even attempt to research the Sevier family. I extrapolated my main tree SIDEWAYS just to keep all the repeated names straight. I've yet to take a tally on just how many John Seviers, Valentines, Abrahams and Josephs, Charles, Elizabeths, Sarahs, and others there are.
Just know that you AREN'T alone in your woes.
Loved your post, and wanted to say that I can relate a bit to the Native American part of your story. I grew up hearing that my mom was part Native American, and that was actually what got me started in genealogy 13 years ago. However, my mom was a SMITH, born in AR, and her father was born in rural AR in 1890 (terrible year!). HIS father died before the next census, so those SMITHS have become a brick wall before I've hardly gotten started on them!
Anyway, much luck with your searching!
I'll start by saying I'm Trishette Martin were do we start I have so much to say type?
First off, I would only suggest if your response is to be a long one, mine often are, that you put a space between paragraphs. That will make it easier to read, rather than a wall of words. Welcome aboard, Trishette Martin. I like your name.
I am a retired (but substituting) teacher and the mom of two adult sons (one recently married and the other in college).
I have been doing genealogy for 13 1/2 years, but suffered a huge setback last fall when I lost all of my research in a wildfire. Fortunately a had shared a lot with others via email and forums, so that was still available. I am doggedly working at replacing the rest, but very frustrated that some search sites are no longer as easy to use as they once were, and many forums are shut down...
As I am constantly jumping around from one line/surname to another, I can't say that I have a current focus; I just pursue the family that I am able to find information about on the website I just found, or the email that I'm re-reading and discovering a detail I missed last time. I know that it's against all the rules and advice, but it works for me. =)
Unfortunately all of my brick walls involve either very early US research, or even earlier Irish, German, or Ulster research, so except for the occasional delight in re-finding information I already had, I am not getting any further against those many brick walls...