I am assisting my childhood friend try and locate her birthmother or find more identifying information regarding her birth family so that she can locate her. She has the *non* indentifying information and the adoption decree and medical release from the Department of Social Services. Her birth mom was from Minnesota and her birthmother came to California for her birth.
Here is what we know:
Name: Baby Girl Gleason Born: 4/11/1954 Renamed after adoption: Jill Marie Atkinson Adopted: Los Angeles County, CA Attorney: John C. Campbell Case # AD28802
Mothers Name: Betty Gleason Born: City in Texas Age at birth: 25 State of Residence at birth: In California 4 months Occupation: Waitress
Fathers Name: ____ Gleason Born: City in Minnesota Age at birth: 31 Occupation: Punch Press Operator Military: Navy 5 1/2 years
Mother had married at 19 and had 2 daughters born 1947 and 1951, and a son born 1949 - all in good health. Mother had divorced, and she had custody of the girls and the father had custody of the boy. She had a second brief marriage after her divorce and was divorced a second time. She then tried a brief reconcilation with her first husband during which she became pregnant with Jill. That did not work out and she felt adoption would be the best for her. She (Betty) became aquainted with Jill's adoptive mother and felt satisfied with having them adopt her. She told the worker she planned to return to Minnesota to ensure continuing to recieve child support from her former husband.
From this information above I gathered these avenues for potenially locating her birthmother or finding relatives:
1. Take a look at Minnesota divorce records. Married twice
2. Take a look at Minnesota Marriage Records (it will be a needle in a haystack search)
3. Try to find out her maiden name from her childrens birth records (2 girls and 1 boy) and divorce records
4. If we can secure he maiden name - then search Texas for her birth record.
Birth Family Info: Birth mothers (Betty's)father died at 55 of cerebral hemorrage. He had been dimpled in WWI. Betty's mother, 55, good health, lived in Minnesota. Bettyhad a brother, 32, good health.
There are prolly many other *clues* missed here - so if any one can help us find Jill's heritage PLEASE write. If this sounds familiar to anyone please write!!