How to look for Adoptions
This is a brief guide to help you with your research. Records of adoption in the United Kingdom are kept in various places but not at The National Archives. This guide will help you to find out if the records you are looking for exist and, if so, where to find them.
1. What do I need to know before I start?
2. What records can I see online?
3. What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
4. What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
5. What other resources will help me find information?
6. Did you know?
Formal adoption, as we now know it, did not exist in England and Wales until 1927. Before then, adoptions were usually informal. In a few cases there was some legal documentation, but no central register.