Two forms of certificate can be issued but only the full should be ordered.
The full certificate includes the adoptive name and surname, sex, date of birth and (where known) country or district of birth, details of the order (date and court) and particulars of the adoptive parents.
AGRA has a code of practice so there is protection for clients located outside the UK.
A list of members can be obtained by writing to the Secretary, AGRA, 29 Badgers Close, Horsham, West Sussex, England, RH12 5RU, enclosing #2.50 or 6 IRCs. Know what it is you want to do before you spend real money.
In particular, all references to the Family Record Centre are out of date, as its functions have been transferred to the National Archives at Kew.)Abbreviations Addresses Adoptions AGRA (Association of Genealogists & Record Agents)Ancestry Apprenticeship Records Archives Army, Navy & Air Force ASGRA (Association of Scottish Genealogists & Record Agents)AUGRA (Association of Ulster Genealogists & Record Agents)Bankruptcy Banns Baptisms Bernau's Index Bible Big R (British Isles Genealogical Register)Births Bishops' Transcripts BL (British Library)Books Boyd's Marriage Index Calendar Catholics Cemeteries Census Census Project Certificates Chancery Proceedings Christenings Christian Names Civil Registration Commonwealth War Graves Commission Compu Serve Computers Credit Cards CRO (County Record Office)Currer-Briggs Index Deaths Deed Poll Directories Dissenters Divorces Education Electoral Registers Emigrants FFHS (Federation of Family History Societies)FHS (Family History Society)FRC (Family Records Centre)FTM (Family Tree Magazine)GEDCOMGentleman's Magazine Gravestones GRD (Genealogical Research Directory)GRO ( General Record Office)Guides Guildhall Library Halbert's Handwriting Heraldry IGI (International Genealogical Index)IHGS (Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies)Immigrants Indexes Internet IRCs Ireland Jews Lay Subsidies LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)Local History Societies London Metropolitan Archives Manorial Records Maps Marriages Migrants Military Miscellaneous Records MIs (Monumental Inscriptions)Mormons Museums Naming Patterns Newspapers Nonconformists Occupations One-Name Study Groups Palaeography Parish Registers Pedigrees Photographs Poll Books Poor Law PRO (Public Record Office)Probate Registry Public Search Room Questions Railways & Railwaymen Record Agents Recording Information Registration Districts Scotland SH (Somerset House)So G (Society of Genealogists)Surnames Taxation Useful Addresses Wills & Administrations (Admons)Wishing & Waiting World Wide Web (of the Internet)Zummary AGRA Association of Genealogists & Record Agents ASGRA Association of Scottish Genealogists & Record Agents AUGRA Association of Ulster Genealogists & Record Agents Big R British Isles Genealogical Register BL British Library BTs Bishops' Transcripts CLRO County of London Record Office CRO County Record Office e-mail Electronic Mail FFHS Federation of Family History Societies FHC Family History Centre (of LDS), also known as FHL (FH Library) FHLC Family History Library Catalogue FHS Family History Society FRC Family Records Centre FTM Family Tree Magazine GEDCOM Genealogical Data Communication GOONS Guild of One-Name Studies GRD Genealogical Research Directory GRO General Register Office IGI International Genealogical Index IHGS Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies IRCs International Reply Coupons LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LMA London Metropolitan Archives MIs Monumental Inscriptions ONS Office of National Statistics PAF Personal Ancestral File PRO Public Record Office SH Somerset House WWW World Wide Web (of the Internet) So G Society of Genealogists (See Useful Addresses and Internet.) Adoptions have been legal in England and Wales since 1927.
Previously children were "fostered" and tracing natural parents of a fostered child is close to impossible.
Records are also kept of those who have no known graves.There are many record repositories and libraries in the UK that are of value to the researcher such as the various components of the British Library.Among hundreds of others are the PRO, the Guildhall Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales and the Library of the Society of Genealogists (So G).A concise guide to researching British ancestry both locally and at a distance.Everything the family historian wants to know about the IGI, using parish registers, the Civil Registration system, the 19th century Census returns and dozens of other archives, indexes and sources, with all the costs, contacts, addresses and tips a professional or amateur researcher could ever need.(Warning: This guide has, with few exceptions, not been updated since January 1999.