I am currently working away on a family tree, and it seems there is a chance that one of my grandmothers (on my mother's side) may have been adopted.
I contact the HSE (Births, Marriages, and Deaths) for a copy of her birth cert and they have no record of it.
I am a member of findmypast.ie and I could find no record of her on the website, even though I am certain of the year she was born, her parents' names, where she was born, her marriage date, etc.
There does not appear to be any record of her, until she got married in 1936.
I am just wondering if you could help with the following:
1. Is it possible not to have a birth cert? My mother believes it is. Having spoken to her older sisters, she suspects that my grandmother's actual biological mother was in fact her aunt, who became pregnant "out of wedlock". The aunt then unofficial gave my grandmother to her sister and her husband, to raise.
2. Would there not have been some suspicion when my grandmother entered school or got married, if she did not have a birth cert?
3. How likely is it to confirm her biological parents?
4. Is there any other advice anyone can give to investigate this further? I have already reached out to the General office in Roscommon. They told me there was no official adoption in place until 1952, and they hold no records of adoption pre-1932. I find this staggering, to be honest! There must be thousands of people therefore, without any official documents of their birth??
Thanks in advance,