Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 14, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne
Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

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  1. debby l feldman

    in the railway children who were born at foundling hospitals and a birth certificate was issued in the adoptive parents name how do you find their actual birth certificates. grandfather injured in ww1 and doubt their only child was actually theirs. was thrusted into my hands by a brother a box of winchester reeves and family of cape may nj and do not know why. i also read some of the diaries of charles e. wirsing injured in WW1 . things my grandmother told me were falsehoods and i am not quite sure but oldest brother george was born at a womans hospital that was a foundling hospital. other things said to me might also be that i was also a railroad child dont know. so how does a person find out about the railroad children of massachusetts and maryland? and how does a person find out about the promiscous girls from england sent to live with families in the usa who were not their true famlies?

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