Click here for Tracing Handbooks which will assist you in locating
your birth certificate/adoption order and conducting your trace.
Click here for
information and advice regarding Search Angels/Volunteers
About to reunite?
you are about to reunite with a natural parent and/or family member and
would like to talk about how to approach the situation, please feel free
to contact us for a chat.
Note: This service is operated on a peer support basis and is not
a counselling service. It is also dependent on our availability,
as we are a completely voluntary organisation.
We advise against using Private Investigators, who in
our experience, are usually neither trained nor experienced in the area
of adoption and will often employ methods that are completely unsuitable
to adoption traces.
The "Illegal" Myth
If you have been told it is illegal for adopted people and natural
parents to trace for themselves, this is completely untrue. The
records used in tracing are on public record and are the same records
used by genealogists. Quite simply, you are doing nothing wrong.
The Birth Certificate Myth
Adoption Board states that natural mothers must first be contacted
before it will release a birth certificate to an adopted person.
This is completely unnecessary and by using this Tracing Handbook
you can obtain your birth certificate without having to contact your
natural mother first.
The "Original Birth Certificate" Myth
Every person who is born
has his or her birth entered in the Register of Births, from which birth
certificates are generated. Adopted
people’s births are registered in their original identity, however
when they were adopted, they were entered into the Adopted Children’s
Register in their new adoptive identity.
The document used by adopted people as a birth certificate in
everyday life is in fact an “Extract from the Adopted Children’s
Register”. The term
“original birth certificate” is incorrect, because each person has
only one birth certificate.
If you have any
questions please don't hesitate to contact us at
If your natural mother
was incarcerated in a Magdalene Laundry please see the Research Guide
below which may be of help to you.
Research Guide for
Relatives of Magdalene Women
If you are a natural
mother who was incarcerated in a Magdalene Laundry and would like to
obtain your records please see the Research Guide below which may be of
help to you.
Research Guide for
Please also visit the
Justice for Magdalenes website here.
Click the links below for various resources...
History and Heritage
Information and Records
here for the General Registrar's
You can order
certificates online here.
For information on
records for Northern Ireland visit the Public
Do you have unwanted Thom's Directories (any year)? Do you have
old phonebooks you are no longer using? If so we would be happy to
take them off your hands. If you have these or any materials that
you feel might be of help to us in assisting adopted people to research
their natural families contact us. Thank you!
The information we
provide is free of charge. However we are all volunteers and do
not receive funding of any kind.
would like to make a donation to help cover our expenses you can send a
The Mill House,