Researching Your Orphaned Ancestors

Researching Your Orphaned Ancestors

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by Debra Renard

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Researching Your Orphaned Ancestors


Learn about the roots of orphanages abroad, the history of caring for orphans in America, and the institutions involved.   Covers the progression of adoptees' rights after a period of terrible abuses. Gives suggestions about where to look for the records you need.


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Presenter: Debra Renard

Debra Renard is a specialist in genetic genealogy for Legacy Tree Genealogists. She loves sharing that expertise with others, frequently speaking at the local, regional and national levels on the topic. Being a native of Ohio, as were many generations of her ancestors, Debra particularly enjoys research related to the Midwestern region. She also co-leads a DNA Special Interest Group in Louisville, KY, where she now lives. She is especially passionate about helping those with unknown birth family find their roots.

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