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Birth Mother Search – Obtaining Necessary Identifying Information

A birth mother search can be quite difficult for an adoptee to successfully resolve.  That’s because most adoptees have very little identifying information on their birth mother when they begin to search. They also lack state-of-the-art search tools that are currently available to professional adoption researchers and investigative agencies such as OmniTrace.  These tools allow access to and the capability to sort through virtually millions of public records.  With the above mentioned search tools, you may be surprised to read that, in most instances, very little identifying information is needed to find your birth mother!  Provided here are a  number of examples of minimal identifying information that you may already have or can readily obtain that can allow a search professional (and even you) to find your birth mother.  Any one of the following examples may be enough information to find her:

  • The first name and date of birth of your birth mother
  • The date of birth and state where your birth mother likely resided at the time of the birth
  • The horoscope sign and last name of your birth mother
  • The first name of your birth mother–if the name is uncommon
  • The first name and middle initial of your birth mother
  • The occupation and area where your birth mother resided when you were born
  • The age and address of your birth mother at the time you were born
  • The age of your birth mother and her address at the time of your birth
  • The age range of your birth mother and where she and her siblings attended school (you may need age range of her siblings too)
  • The occupation of your birth mother’s parents along with the area and age range of her parents at the time of your birth
  • A criminal background of the birth mother allowing for use of Freedom of Information Act to request police records
  • Description of your birth mother and education information along with the area where your birth mother resided

Once again, any one of the above examples or a combination of identifying information from the different examples might allow you to quickly resolve your search and reunite you with your birth mother.

One way to obtain your birth mother’s identifying information is to request what is referred to in adoption agency jargon: Non-Identifying Information.  When you receive your non-identifying information there’s a chance that you will have enough identifying information (inadvertently supplied to you) to complete your search.

Very shortly, in a future post, we’ll explain what Non-Identifying information is, how to request it, and where to request it.  Also, in future posts we’ll provide much information about the search tools and databases used by professionals.  Visit us often.  We type quickly!   :)

Please make a comment with any questions or thoughts you may have about this post. Thanks!

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  1. Sue says:

    My mother was adopted in Memphis, tn Dob 11/19/1959
    BM was about 16/white and BF was about 19/ 1/2 Cherokee Indian. Adopted on 1-25-1960. ISO BM, BF, BSiblings.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Sue. Thanks for posting! If your mother would like professional help locating her birth family, please have her call us at 888-965-6696 and ask to speak with one of our friendly search consultants.