Surfing the Internet is sometimes as exhausting as its aquatic equivalent. Plugging the keyword "adoption" into your browser leads to Web sites on everything from the "Save the Thoroughbreds Foundation" to "Adopt Homeless Paws"...and trying to sort through "18,674 links to adoption" can be a daunting task.

To minimize cyberspace wipe-outs, we've put together an exhaustive list of adoption and search-related links that includes free, searchable birth, marriage and divorce indexes, reasonably-priced national databases, and dozens of multi-layered genealogy sites.

If we've overlooked a great site that you've found helpful during your surfing safari, please let us know by signing our guestbook!
Web site geared primarily towards prospective adoptive parents. Fact-filled free weekly newsletter on adoption happenings across the country (click here to access the subscription form for the newsletter).


Adoptive Families Magazine

American Association of Open Adoption Agencies

Ameridex Information Systems
Available to anyone with a credit card, Ameridex's database includes "over 260 million names, 225 million with date of birth." Great resource for searches where only a date of birth and first name are known (all persons who correspond to a given profile can be obtained for $2 per batch of 50 names).
Unlimited resources for genealogists. Illinois resources can be found at:

Bureau County Genealogical Society

Catholic Adoption
Devoted to the "Catholic Charities experience," this Internet address is a great source of info and advice for those whose adoption was handled by Catholic Charities (or Catholic Social Services) anywhere in the U.S.

Champaign County Genealogical Society 

Chicago Genealogical Society 

Chicago Historical Society
Modest annual membership fee gives you access to high school alumni registered with from nearly every alma mater in the 50 U.S. states.

Czech/Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois

DuPage County, Illinois Genealogical Society

 Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Extensive web site is billed as an "interactive guide to adoption information for adoptees, adoptive and birth families....and adoption professionals." Volumes of data on adoption laws in all 50 states, adoption-related research and more.

Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society 

Historical Society of
Oak Park & River Forest

Hospitals in Illinois
Although this free database is designed to assist persons seeking to locate a therapist, it includes a fairly complete list of Illinois hospitals (listed by city).

Illinois State Historical Society 
Illinois Interactive Genealogy Society








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