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<div style="margin-left: 1.5%;">[[File:AdoptionRecords-lores.jpg|right|thumb|200px]]'''Selected Proceedings and Courts'''<p>Adoption records usually result from court processes, although there are three methods through which adoption can take place: (1) agreement without judicial proceedings, (2) agreement filed in a court of law and accompanied by court order, and (3) petition filed in a court of law and accompanied by a court order. The first method is not considered legally binding in most states today. Read more [[Selected Proceedings and Courts|here]].</p></div>
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Current revision as of 21:50, 12 August 2010

Welcome to the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki

A great place to learn more about family history

A service from Ancestry.com

Learn more

Get started

Census records

Immigration records

Military records

Vital records

African American research

Jewish American research

Record types

State research

County research

Town research

Societies

Archives

Read the Featured Article
Selected Proceedings and Courts

Adoption records usually result from court processes, although there are three methods through which adoption can take place: (1) agreement without judicial proceedings, (2) agreement filed in a court of law and accompanied by court order, and (3) petition filed in a court of law and accompanied by a court order. The first method is not considered legally binding in most states today. Read more here.

Explore the Wiki
The Ancestry.com Wiki is made up of four kinds of fantastic content:


We know that each genealogist is an expert in his or her own field and we invite you share your expertise. If that means correcting some outdated information from one of our printed sources, that’s great. If it means writing a brand new article about a topic we haven’t covered yet, even better.
Contribute to the Wiki
Our wiki is growing fast, but you can help it grow even faster. Check out some of these pages that are just waiting to be created. To get started, click the title and start writing.


See the whole list here. For help writing and editing articles, see our help page.
Get Help
The Ancestry.com Wiki is built using MediaWiki, the same platform used by Wikipedia, the FamilySearch Wiki, and WeRelate, so if you have used any of those great resources, your knowledge should transfer perfectly. In any case, the following articles are here to help you master the Ancestry.com Wiki. For more help, go to our user guide.
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