encourages you to begin your search by doing as
much as you can yourself, and offers helpful advice
and support during the process.
all the factual information that you can. This
would include the birth certificate, court of
jurisdiction, hospital of birth, agencies, dates,
times, attorneys, birth names, non-identifying
Early in your search, write a letter to the
person you're searching for, as well as a brief
autobiography to give them. This can help you
sort out your own motives for searching and
expectations for the reunion.
to gather some photos of yourself at various
ages. You can use a color copier instead of
having reprints made. Photos are a welcome gift
once contact has been made. They help bring
reality to the situation, and put a face on
previously impersonal data.