Jean Moss

Jean Moss was adopted at 4 1/2 months old in New York and now lives in San Diego, California. My adopted parents wanted to tell me about my birth parents but I was not interested. I decided in 2008 to look for my birth family to learn about my medical history. I joined the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society knowing that both families are Jewish. I am currently the President, Program Committee and Hospitality Chair at SDJGS. I am also a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York, the Computer Genealogical Society of San Diego, the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and the San Diego Genealogical Society. I have developed research skills from each society on how to do research which helped me to solve the puzzle to meet some of my birth family.

August 1, 2015 - 11:00 am

My Adoption Search: Follow My Journey in Solving the Puzzle, Piece by Piece

For some, genealogy is taking bits and pieces from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Trying to create a path that leads you back to an earlier place in your family history. I am an adoptee who started searching for my birth family and will share how I went about it from the few small clues I had. Follow my journey in solving the puzzle pieces where I ran into road blocks, how I circumvented them, and where I am today in my search to find other family members. Starting with my adopted cousins, the Louise Wise Adoption Agency, SDJGS members, the Family History Library, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Surrogate Court, the Health Department, NARA, and the Marriage Bureau. All this in less than a year! What a genealogy journey!

HANDOUT: Resources for Adoption Research 8-1-15.pdf


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