Seeking info on adopted Native American great grandmother

Seeking birth certificate on great grandmother Rosa Alpha, native name Rosey, adopted by Little Blue River or Walnut Ridge Quaker family in Indiana, Franklin Pierce Barnard and Nancy Crane (married 1 Oct 1891)? or perhaps Anna Worth, since one of the spouses died. Franklin married Anna 27 March 1841.  I have lots of census records, Quaker records etc but nothing linked to native ancestry due to no birth certificate. Hoping for a delayed birth certificate, probate record or Quaker confirmation.

dob 11/25/1893 to 1896

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    Thank you for posting on HIstory Hub!

    Clearly you have done considerable work, and perhaps you likely already know that the most likely place for any record of adoption that might also include information on her birth would be held at the local county courthouse. It's not clear where or when she may have died, but a probate record would be also likely be found with courthouse records in the local county courthouse.

    What we can possibly suggest, though it may not address your question of her birth, is that your great grandmother appears to the "Alpha Elvin" listed in the 1940 Census in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. This woman is listed as working as a bookbinder at a "School Project(?) WPA." If she was employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) there may be a record for her in the Civilian Personnel Files held with NARA. If you are interested in checking this possibility, we suggest that you complete a NA Form 14137 - Request Pertaining to Works Progress Administration (WPA) Personnel Records and include as much available information as possible about Rose Alpha Barnard Melvin.  Please mail the completed form to the address on the form or attach it to an email to the National Archives at St. Louis (RRPO) at stl.archives@nara.gov.

    Hopefully other community members may have additional suggestions.

    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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  •   ,

    Thank you for posting on HIstory Hub!

    Clearly you have done considerable work, and perhaps you likely already know that the most likely place for any record of adoption that might also include information on her birth would be held at the local county courthouse. It's not clear where or when she may have died, but a probate record would be also likely be found with courthouse records in the local county courthouse.

    What we can possibly suggest, though it may not address your question of her birth, is that your great grandmother appears to the "Alpha Elvin" listed in the 1940 Census in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. This woman is listed as working as a bookbinder at a "School Project(?) WPA." If she was employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) there may be a record for her in the Civilian Personnel Files held with NARA. If you are interested in checking this possibility, we suggest that you complete a NA Form 14137 - Request Pertaining to Works Progress Administration (WPA) Personnel Records and include as much available information as possible about Rose Alpha Barnard Melvin.  Please mail the completed form to the address on the form or attach it to an email to the National Archives at St. Louis (RRPO) at stl.archives@nara.gov.

    Hopefully other community members may have additional suggestions.

    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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