I'm trying to find information about my maternal great grandmother and her biological family. She was born April 13th 1908 in Belleville, IL. The only adoption papers I've seen do not include any biological family members. The date I have for the adoption is December 1908. I believe the adoption request was filed in November. Her adoptive parents are William C. Baird and Anna Maria Mathilda Biermann (I think she went by Maria/Marie) of St. Louis, MO.
Whether it's true or not i don't know, but my grandmother said that Adah was handed to one of her (my grandmother's) relatives by a stranger on the other side of a fence.
I've tried going to the courthouse in St. Clair County, but was told that adoptions in Illinois are closed/private.
Any information given would be appreciated.