Anatomy Of A Birth Mother Search
Birth Mother Search
By Chris Maione – OmniTrace Research Department Manager
Our OmniTrace research team accesses multiple resources when we search for a birth mother. The more information we can develop on the birth mother, the better our chance of finding her and other birth family members.
Here’s a recent case where our client requested that we conduct a birth mother search on his behalf…
Our client was born on the east coast. One of our OmniTrace contacts–a genealogist– (source #1), was able to uncover the birth mother’s maiden name, age (born in the early 1930’s), and the town she was from in the mid-west.
We then conducted much database research (source #2), however, we could not find the current whereabouts of our client’s birth mother with just her birth name, age and place of birth.
We then contacted the adoption agency (source #3) that handled our client’s adoption. We requested non-identifying information on the birth mother (please read all our posts and pages on how to obtain non-identifying information). The non-identifying information contained the first names of the birth mother’s parents.
We then searched the 1930 U.S. Census (source #4) in an attempt to identify and obtain information on the birth mother’s family. We finally hit search pay dirt! It turned out that the birth mother had five older siblings and two of them were brothers. (Males dating back to the 1930s and earlier are easier to locate because they don’t change their names due to marriage.)
We searched for the two brothers and obtained one possible match. Unfortunately, this match had passed away in the early 1990s. We then accessed our background check databases (source #5). (Many of these same sources are available on our web pages.)
Our background check revealed that our possible match had at least two children. We conducted more research and found one of the two children (a female). We contacted her (source #6) and described who we were looking for–never mentioning an adoption. She stated that the person we were looking for was her aunt, however, her aunt had not been seen in years, and she did not have any address or phone information on our possible birth mother. She was, however, able to tell us her aunt’s married name and the area she had lived.
We then conducted more database research (many of these databases and resources are available to you on this blog) and we found a woman with a mid-west issued Social Security Number, who matched up with all the data we had been developing on our client’s birth mother. We obtained her phone number via a white pages search (source #7) and provided this phone number along with the details our search results to our client.
Ultimately, the phone number did indeed belong to our client’s birth mother and our client and his birth mother were reunited. End of search!
To keep this post reasonably short, we admit that we simplified the investigative procedures necessary to solve the above case. In fact, the search actually took us 4 months to complete. But, we hope we have shown that accessing multiple resources will likely be necessary for you to conduct a successful birth mother search!