1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 16, 2021 11:46 AM by Josette Schluter

    Seeking records of birth parents of Samuel Droke

    Russ Droke Newbie

      My great grandfather, Samuel Franklin Droke, born 4-4-1876 was legally adopted 10-4-1886 by William Franklin Droke in Hardin County, Tennessee. This is recorded in the court documents. The parents in the court document are listed as “Mrs. Massey and Samuel Brimm Sr.” I cannot find any records of the parents in any census, death, birth, or newspaper of either parent before or after the adoption or after the birth. How do I find any information on Samuel Droke before the adoption for genealogy?

        • Re: Seeking records of birth parents of Samuel Droke
          Josette Schluter Tracker

          Dear Mr. Droke,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about a Samuel Brim, age 4, listed in Elco, Alexander, Illinois (see below). For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          You may wish to search Ancestry or FamilySearch for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          We suggest that you contact the Tennessee Library and Archives (for Illinois, please contact the County Clerk where the event occurred) to request a search for birth, marriage or death records.  You may wish to note any name variants or broaden your search for the surrounding years or states. In addition, 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. The FamilySearch Research wiki for Tennessee and Illinois  may be helpful.


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


          1880 Population Census for Elco, Alexander County, Illinois

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