Illinois Adoptees Will Have Easier Access To Birth Certificate Information Starting on November 15, 2011

Hi Everyone!

A frequent attendee of our monthly genealogy programs who has done extensive adoptee genealogical research,  has made me aware that on November 15, 2011, Illinois will begin allowing easier access to birth records for adoptees.

For those of us that are not adoptees, doing genealogical research can be hard enough as it is.  But if you are an adoptee, genealogical research can almost be impossible because basic birth record information they seek is often off limits for them to access because of sealing of official records related to the adoption.

Illinois passed a law that as of November 15, 2011 will now make the process much more open and accessible for adoptees of Illinois.

I am including the text from an e-mail provided to me that describes all of what will be going on starting on November 15, 2011 to benefit adoptees researching their history, starting of course with birth record access.

The e-mail text I received follows in Italics after the separator:


And…for those of you who are tracking the days and hours left between now and November 15, 2011, we’ve added a countdown clock to the White Oak web site at

 As you know, 11/15/11, is the day when the estimated 250,000 Illinois adoptees who were born on or after January 1, 1946, can begin requesting non-certified copies of their original birth certificates (pre-1946 adoptees have been able to obtain their OBCs since May of 2010).

 With this historic day only weeks away, the White Oak Foundation is hosting a free seminar in Lakeview on Thursday, October 6, 2011, to help eligible adoptees navigate the new law as well as  provide them with information on possible next steps once they’ve received their OBCs, including search options available through White Oak and public and private agencies.

In addition to White Oak’s Executive Director, Melisha Mitchell, the 2-hour symposium will feature State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, who was not only the primary sponsor of the legislation that made Illinois the 9th state to release original birth certificates to adoptees upon request, but is also one of the quarter of a million Illinois adoptees who will be able to request their OBCs for the first time on November 15th of this year.

For additional information on the seminar or to register (seating will be limited), please email or call 312/666-5721.

For additional information on the new law, please click here if you were born before January 1, 1946 and here if you were born on or after January 1, 1946…or go to:


When:      Thursday, October 7, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where:    Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
               836 West Wellington Ave., 7th Floor
               Clarke Auditorium

RSVP:        @ 312/666-5721


Thanks Barb P. for providing me with all of the details on this major upcoming event for Illinois adoptees.

The text above provides a good amount of detail as well as links to further information about this subject.

I am happy to be able to share this information with the hope that Illinois adoptees doing genealogy will now find a much easier pathway to discover their past!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

One response to “Illinois Adoptees Will Have Easier Access To Birth Certificate Information Starting on November 15, 2011

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