Family History and Adoption
When you go to a doctor’s office, one of the forms you always have to fill out during the check-in process, is a family history sheet. Sure, most of us might not know every condition that a past family member has had (or even their ages,) but at least we can list off at least a few relatives with ease. We are privileged in a lot of ways, and often take for granted that this part of a regular physician visit is not an obstacle in our day. However, for a lot of adopted individuals, even figuring out one’s real name can prove to be nearly impossible.
Too many of us probably have not thought about the struggles of our potential Petznicks, Pines, McKees, or Gittins who could be adoptees. It is no secret that improvements could always be made to social services regarding children especially, but in record keeping and check-ups on foster and adoptive families post-service. Often, even if adopted individuals have the desire to search for blood relatives as an adult, they are often denied this information or records have been lost. In order to make our most comprehensive family tree, we need to bring all aspects of records into light– even if it can be uncomfortable. We hope this less popular topic and perspective in genealogy interested you.