Dear Courtney Family,
My name is Daniel Arthur Welsch and I am an adoptee who has been searching for my birth parents and birthfamily for approximately 15 years, without much success. I have enclosed in this letter, all the vital information that I have, in the hopes that someone may be able to help. The new information from New York State has been added.
I was born on September 17th, 1956 in Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, at the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. I am searching for my birth mother, Mary Courtney and I don't know if this was her married name or her maiden name. I do not know my birth fathers name, and I do not if my birthmother and him were married at the time. The time of birth was 2:02 p.m. and was a single birth according to the birth certificate Iím allowed to see. My adoptive parents told me, that at the time I was born, my birth mother, (Mary Courtney) lived at 77 East Tupper Street in Buffalo, NY. This has been verified through the POLK registry for 1956 & 1957. Mary Courtney lived or rented this address from 1956 to 1957. The Polk index only lists Mary Courtney, no male listing. This is the same situation, as the hospital bill made out to Mrs. Mary Courtney... no husband listed.
Arthur William Welsch and Nellie Alfreda Welsch (Rainey) adopted me, and during this time lived at 494 Carlton Ave., Buffalo, NY. Arthur Welsch was a Fireman for the City of Buffalo. In addition, my adoptive mothers children from her first marriage (Charles, Edward and Robert Heberlein ) lived there during this time.
I have the original hospital bill for my birth. The bill is made out to like this:
Mrs. Mary Courtney
My adoptive father Arthur W. Welsch, I believe, paid this bill on September 23rd, 1956. (In case you wanted to know, to have a baby boy in 1956 cost a total of $167.85). My adoptive father kept a scrapbook (which I do not have), in it were newspaper articles, which I was told were about my three- (3) birth relatives that served in the Vietnam War. I did see these articles but didnít retain any of the information, nor have I been able to get it since my a-fatherís death.
Listed in the bulleted list below is additional information that I feel may help me make my search successful, bare with me on this.
Birth Name: BabyBoy Courtney
Birth Mother: Mary Courtney
Birth Mothers Age at Birth: 24
Birth Mothers Year of Birth: 1931 or 1932
Birth Mothers Nationality: USA
Birth Mothers Race: Caucasian
Birth Mothers Religion: Protestant
Birth Mothers Other Children Prior to 1956: One - name & sex unknown
Birth Mother Address: 77 East Tupper Street, Buffalo,NY (Rented House at this Address Ė 1956 - 1957)
Birth Father: ?????? - No information listed at all in the non-id