The New York Public Library is located on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. This is where you will want to go if you are an adoptee who was born in New York City and would like to find out information about your original given name, the name of your birth mother, and potentially, the name of your birth father.
Don’t forget to bring a copy of your birth certificate. This is a copy of mine. You will note that I have circled the birth certificate number and my date of birth, and I also pointed to the borough I was born in. These are key elements of information that you will need to have during your search.
Here’s mine! You will see that the last five digits of the record number match the last five digits of the reference number on my birth certificate. The date of birth also matches. You will also see the “X” which denotes that the birth took place in the borough of the Bronx. As you have seen on my birth certificate, it indicates that I was born in the borough of the Bronx. Mission accomplished! I have now discovered my given name, which is, drum roll please. . . Stefan Swazey!
Tom Andriola advocates for adoptee rights and shares his personal experiences about being adopted and his successful, independent search for both biological parents. To see more of his writing, visit Tom's Facebook page.