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Could someone tell me if adoption in the period 1820 - 1840 was legally sanctioned as it is today. If so where would the records be kept.


Mike Webster

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Adoption. Check out this url. Before 1927 is was usually just an agreement between two parties.


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Hi Mike, It's my understanding that in the early days, adoption was not a formalised legal process as it is now. It was often about a child born out of wedlock to a daughter in the family. The family would decide that the child would be brought up in an informal adoption by an older married aunt say.
Hope that helps. John

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Yhanks Angela