AGRA has a code of practice so there is protection for clients located outside the UK.
A list of members can be obtained by writing to the Secretary, AGRA, 29 Badgers Close, Horsham, West Sussex, England, RH12 5RU, enclosing #2.50 or 6 IRCs. Know what it is you want to do before you spend real money.
The Children's Acts of 19 enable an adopted person over the age of 18 years to exercise his/her right to obtain a copy of the original birth certificate after counselling.
A pamphlet, Access to Birth Records, is available from the Registrar General, local Social Services Departments or adoption societies.
A concise guide to researching British ancestry both locally and at a distance.
Everything the family historian wants to know about the IGI, using parish registers, the Civil Registration system, the 19th century Census returns and dozens of other archives, indexes and sources, with all the costs, contacts, addresses and tips a professional or amateur researcher could ever need.(Warning: This guide has, with few exceptions, not been updated since January 1999.
There is also an organisation named Adopt-A-Link who advertise regularly as "specialists in tracing birth families for adopted children." Adopt-A-Link is run by P G Peacock, 3 Mulberry Court, Meadow Way, Petworth, West Sussex, England, GU28 0EP. The Association of Genealogists and Record Agents was founded in 1968.
Sooner or later you will need professional help in your research, particularly if you are researching your British ancestry from abroad.
Check records held at So G, the CROs (including the LMA) and see what exist on microfiche or film in the FHLC at your nearest FHC.
The GRO maintains an Adopted Children Register and indexes thereto may be examined at FRC.
The indexes give the adopted name of the child and date of adoption but not the names of the natural parents.
Two forms of certificate can be issued but only the full should be ordered.
The full certificate includes the adoptive name and surname, sex, date of birth and (where known) country or district of birth, details of the order (date and court) and particulars of the adoptive parents.