We had a few leads that were really helpful in the search for my mom’s biological family first a letter from a birth mother that may have known my mom’s birth mother and possible break through with public notary records.
First, there was an open letter on the Protestant Home for Babies website written by a birth mother that gave birth to a baby boy just a month after my mom was born. In the letter, she mentioned a few names of girls that were there with her.
“Jane from Texas, Ellen from Tennessee, Mary and Carrie from New Orleans, Nancy, Pat and Mary Sue from Baton Rouge, Norma from Atlanta, and Imogene are the ones I remember most.”
My mom contacted Linda, the writer of this open letter and one thing led to another and they actually had a conference call between my mom, Linda, and Linda’s biological son. Linda’s son, Kenny, gave my mom a potential lead. Relinquish papers had to be notarized and notaries would keep copies of the papers they notarized. These notarial records are now kept at the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Only problem, we aren’t really sure WHO the notary was.
My mom believes the notary was William D Treeby who just so happened to be on the list of notaries with records.
Public Notary Records
My mom was super paranoid about calling and asking for his records and being told she couldn’t see them. My opinion is that they are public records and available to anyone who requests to see them. People can go and ask for an entire volume of notary records and just leaf through the book of records. I think it would be seriously crazy if they said nope YOU can not see that record.
She got up the courage and called. William Treeby had no notarial records for the day she was “surrendered” to Protestant Home for Babies. Nothing. He had zero records for that day.
What do you think? Do you think the papers could have been signed and notarized an another day? Remember she was born 10/5/1968, admitted to the nursery on 10/8/1968, “surrendered” for adoption on 10/14/1968.
Should we expand our search dates of notarial records?
Maybe one day, we’ll hop on a train and take a trip to New Orleans and just spend a few hours pouring over notarial records from October 1968.