Family history sources for tracing people who have been in institutional care or adopted.

People who are tracing their family’s history often find a family member who has been adopted or in institutional care. If you are one of these people, there are two invaluable resources available at the State Library. The first is Signposts : a guide for children and young people in care from 1920. It contains contact details and information about government and non-government institutions that had children in their care from 1920 onwards, including young people who lived in supported accommodation. It includes a history of each organisation including name changes and notes what records are available. The catalogue record will take you to the internet site which has the whole book available online.Boys’ Town Bindoon

The second resource available is Roads : an index of locations and access to adoption records. The catalogue record will take you you to the Department for Communities, the publisher’s website, where you will find additional information about adoption, including a “message box” system which allows people to communicate with others involved in an adoption. This is run by Past Adoption Services and will let you know that other people are seeking information.

Both these books are available on the third floor of the Alexander library building from the JS Battye Library of West Australian History.

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