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How to search for birth and adoption information

Practical Guide to Tracing Birth Relatives

We have produced a Tracing Guide that will help adopted people think about the issues involved in searching for and contacting birth relatives. The guide also explains the various methods and resources that can be used to find out about origins and how to use the information to trace relatives.

Download the free Tracing Guide (PDF 355KB)

Listen to an expert: Finding your birth records

Here you can watch Julia Feast explaining how to search for birth records and the information you can expect to find.

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