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  • Keywords
    • birth families,
    • child adoption,
    • family medical history,
    • foster care,
    • genealogical research,
    • genetic ancestry,
    • war babies

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Daughter of an Unknown Soldier
by Janet Gordon

During World War II, many babies are born in Canada and abroad. One such war baby, Janet, comes into the world at the Salvation Army hospital in 1944 and is given over to the care of the Children’s Aid Society until finding a loving, permanent family at the age of four. But all her life, Janet longs to know who she is and where she comes from. Even as an adult, with a husband and child of her own, she harbors this secret yearning and becomes determined to solve the mystery of her own beginnings. Following the death of her adoptive parents, she finally feels free to begin her quest, in hopes of finding out where she fits into the universe. A thoughtful, deeply observant, and moving story chronicling the practical steps and the jarring emotional impact of her search, Daughter of an Unknown Soldier does more than tell one woman’s fascinating story of finding her roots—it blazes a trail and lights the pathway for other adoptees on a similar search.

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A former ward of the Children's Aid Society and an adoptee, Janet Gordon has degrees in English literature, library science, and music. As a former reference librarian, she is a very good researcher, a skill that supported her in finding useful resources in her search for her roots through books, databases, websites, and DNA analysis. In Daughter of an Unknown Soldier, she shares these resources for those interested in exploring their birth family's background in Canada and especially Ontario. Janet lives in Ottawa with her husband, Zack.


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