1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 30, 2021 4:48 PM by Hannah Reynolds

    Looking for information on biological family of Stanley Patten

    LJ Averill Newbie

      I am looking for information on the biological family of Stanley Patten, adopted on 12/23/1923 at age 3.  According to the 12/23/1921 New York Herald*, p. 5, image 5, Stanley Patten was given by Surrogate Colahan to Mr. & Mrs. Porter Wheaton Averill of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was age 3 and a ward of the Children’s Aid Society.  His adoptive family’s records indicate that he was born on September 14, 1918, in Manhattan.  Seeking information about his biological family.


      *The New York herald. [volume] (New York, N.Y.), 23 Dec. 1921. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045774/1921-12-23/ed-1/seq-5/>

        • Re: Looking for information on biological family of Stanley Patten
          Hannah Reynolds Newbie

          Dear LJ Averill,


          Thank you for posting your request to History Hub!


          Since you do not have information on his parent’s names, you will have to go through different sources to find information.


          We searched the 1920 census and found Stanley Patton. Notice the possible misspelling of the name. If he was born in 1918, this would put him at 2 years old, as listed on the census. Also he is listed as a boarder, heightening the chances of this being Stanley Patten. Possibly look into who he is living with during this time to see if the Morrows are relatives. This could possibly lead to potential names.


          The New York Historical Society Museum & Library holds the Victor Remer Historical Archives of the Children's Aid Society Collection. The CAS programs which placed children in homes outside of the city make up the bulk of the CAS collection. In some cases they have the records of the birth parents. These records may be found in Series XI, box numbers 45-971 and volumes 362-473. Boxes 56-971 are restricted and need special permission to be viewed. Many of the volumes in this series are also restricted. Restricted volumes are noted in the container list. Here is a wiki page with more information.


          We suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. Also, the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy may be useful.


          Hope you have found this information useful. Best of luck to your research!