Adoption laws and genealogy

Genealogical lineage is by definition a tracing of one’s biological ancestry and history. This presents problems for adoptees, or their descendants, from learning about possible inherited health risks or joining any of the various lineage societies. Only those who can prove direct biological linkage to an ancestor will qualify for lineage society membership. 

Betsie Norris, executive director of Adoption Network, knows this dilemma and journey firsthand. After successfully locating and reuniting with her biological family, Betsie founded Adoption Network Cleveland in 1988, to provide support and assistance to others who are touched by adoption.

As guest speaker at the April 19 meeting of Cuyahoga West Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ms. Norris will explain current adoption records and laws and how they impact those who are adopted or descend from an adoptee in their own family trees.

Program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Social time is from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The public is invited, at no charge. For information, visit or email

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.04.2017