Learn about historical and modern adoption laws and methods that may enable you to uncover hidden adoptions with a real life case study. The course covers both methods to discover pre-closed and sealed adoption records as well as the types of records that can lead you to the desired member of the adoption triad. A real life adoption research story will illustrate these points.
Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist® is a full-time, professional genealogist specializing in forensic genealogy including missing and unknown heir research and expert testimony. A frequent speaker and writer, Michael is Treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and an Instructor for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. His publications include: “Missing and Unknown Estate Heir Law Practice and Procedure,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, Volume LXXVI, No. 3 (July 2005), “What Lawyers Need to Know about the Heir-Hunting Industry,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer (May/June 2013); and “Standards and Forensic Genealogy,” OnBoard 22 (September 2016): 1.