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Offline DavidTaylor

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Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« on: Wednesday 08 September 21 16:35 BST (UK) »
Hello all:

I'm a NYer usually on here trying to research my family in England. Today, I'm trying to help a friend who was given up for adoption in 1965. He recently obtained the name of his birth mother on his birth certificate and while he feels confident she may have died (due to rumors he heard about her life and the circumstances of his birth), he still wants to know about that side of his family. I have tried every search site I can think of, including old local papers and can find nothing on this woman. The closest I found was a woman with the same surname, but different first name, living at the address listed on the birth certificate. When I search for info on her, there is noting but the name and address. I don't even know if she is still alive. I don't really want to blindly send a letter unless it's a last resort.

The person I'm searching for is as follows:

Surname Farrar (I don't know if I'm allowed to post her first name in case she is still alive)
No birth father listed
DOB Cir. 1943 - Listed as 22 at time of birth in September of 1965
Residence -Brooklyn, NY

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 08 September 21 16:58 BST (UK) »
You'll find rule regarding possibly living people + advice/ information on seeking relatives of adoptees under "Help" tab.
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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 09 September 21 13:41 BST (UK) »
The Brooklyn Public Library has made many years of historical directories (address/telephone) for Brooklyn available here:
https://archive.org/details/brooklynpubliclibrary?sort=date&and[]=collection%3A%22brooklynpubliclibrary%22&and[]=subject%3A%22Telephone+Directories%22&and[]=subject%3A%22directory%22
 Up to 1967.

You might want to see if the address you have is related to any other Farrars - perhaps the other name is a relative of your friend's mother.
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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 09 September 21 20:05 BST (UK) »
BINGO! What a help, thank you! I found her father listed at the same address in 1965... So Ive been able to identify her parents and grandparents, but as of yet, haven't found her, The search continues!





The Brooklyn Public Library has made many years of historical directories (address/telephone) for Brooklyn available here:
https://archive.org/details/brooklynpubliclibrary?sort=date&and[]=collection%3A%22brooklynpubliclibrary%22&and[]=subject%3A%22Telephone+Directories%22&and[]=subject%3A%22directory%22
 Up to 1967.

You might want to see if the address you have is related to any other Farrars - perhaps the other name is a relative of your friend's mother.

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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 11 September 21 02:09 BST (UK) »
:) That's a great start!

You might be able to find her if she later married by looking at obituaries for her parents (and siblings, if any) - they may mention her married name and even residence, if you're lucky.
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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 11 September 21 17:19 BST (UK) »
then use sites like whitepages or fastpeoplesearch. or sometimes just Googling a person's name and location will find them and possibly some information about their interests or social networks they are on.

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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 11 September 21 17:31 BST (UK) »
:) That's a great start!

You might be able to find her if she later married by looking at obituaries for her parents (and siblings, if any) - they may mention her married name and even residence, if you're lucky.

Nothing. Im really wondering if her given name was made up or actually a middle name. Worst case scenerio the 1950 US census is released next year and as she was born in 1942 or 43 should be on it but not sure I can wait the suspense of 8 months 🤣 

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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 11 September 21 22:01 BST (UK) »
Would you want to PM me her name and what you have found so far? I could take a look at it, if you like.

I did see three young ladies in Brooklyn with that surname in that time period at ancestry. Their given names all started with the same letter, which some families will do. I didn't investigate further to see if they were sisters or not. One in a college yearbook and two in high school yearbooks.


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Re: Helping an adopted friend find information on his birth mum in Brooklyn, NY.
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 11 September 21 22:18 BST (UK) »
Would you want to PM me her name and what you have found so far? I could take a look at it, if you like.

I did see three young ladies in Brooklyn with that surname in that time period at ancestry. Their given names all started with the same letter, which some families will do. I didn't investigate further to see if they were sisters or not. One in a college yearbook and two in high school yearbooks.

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