...regaining identities, histories and rights for adopted people...  

Refused your birth certificate by the Adoption Authority?  Click here to learn how to locate it for yourself.



IMPORTANT:  According to the General Registrar's Office website, the Research Room has moved to Werburgh Street, Dublin 2.  We have not verified this as of yet, so we suggest you contact the General Registrar's Office before travelling.

Click the links below for Tracing Handbooks which will assist you in conducting your trace.

Tracing Handbooks for Adopted People

Tracing Handbooks for Adopted People Part One

Tracing Handbooks for Adopted People Part Two

Tracing Handbooks for US Adoptions (Banished Babies) Part One (Download Part Two when you have completed Part One)

Tracing Handbook for Illegal Adoptions 

Tracing Handbook for Irish Adopted People Born in the UK

Tracing Handbooks for Natural Parents and Relatives

Natural Parents Tracing Handbook

Siblings/Other Relatives Tracing Handbook

Click here for information and advice regarding Search Angels/Volunteers

Click here to return to the Search and Reunion page


“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting loneliness." 

Alex Haley, Author of Roots 





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