Iowa City Genealogical Society

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  • 10/30/21
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. -
  • Free
  • All Ages
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  • Hobby

Event Description

“Searching for Birth Family Members Separated by Adoption When the Identities of Those Relatives Are Not Known”

Karen Alderson will present the October 30th program for the Iowa City Genealogical Society. She will review the history of adoption laws in Iowa, including the closing of records for adoptions finalized between July 4, 1941, to the mid-1970s and the retroactive closure of adoption record finalized before July 4, 1941. She will discuss the adaption of methods by which adoptees and birth families may obtain limited information about each other. Karen will also share some of her search strategies, including DNA familial matching.

Karen Alderson, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in mathematics and library science from Upper Iowa University, a Master of Arts Degree in Librarianship from the University of Denver (CO). She obtained Iowa private investigator licensing in 1990 after locating (in less than 3 hours of work) the birth mother of an adoptee born in California in 1947. Her first case after obtaining PI licensing was locating the birth father for the same client.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Zoom meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Non- members can send an email to to receive details on how to join the meeting.