Finding My Aunts Who Were Given Up for Adoption?

My father's 2 younger sisters were given up for adoption at St. Anthony's orphanage, Jeppu, Mangalore, India, in the 1930s. Family stories indicate that the name of one of them is Catherine (aged 4 at the time of adoption) and the other was aged 2. They were probably adopted by a family in Goa. Apparently, in the 1970s, my grandmother, Florence Miranda, was on her death-bed, and wanted to see them. One of them was located as a nurse in Mumbai, India, when my father, Felix Miranda, tried to trace them. My siblings and I have tried to find them in 1980s and 1990s. In 2004, I stayed at St. Anthony's orphanage for a month and tried to search records, however, the pre-independence (pre-1947) records are not traceable. I am a Jesuit priest and prayerfully continue to search for them.


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June 28, 20170 found this helpful

Have you tried Facebook to locate Catherine?

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June 29, 20170 found this helpful

After my father passed away in 2002, his younger brothers have been opposed to this search. They don't have any memory of their sisters and hence do not wish to engage this issue. I guess they are petrified at the very thought of actually finding them!!!


Too much emotional baggage there. I am trying to be discreet in my search, without family knowing about it - most of the family is on facebook!!!

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July 1, 20170 found this helpful

Since you cannot use the social media it seems you are really handicapped as these reach all over the world as almost no other form of search can do.
Have you considered posting search information in any local papers in any of the cities you mentioned? This may get expensive but maybe at least once might get some attention.
How did anyone find the nurse in the 70s? did she disappear again? Do you know what name she used or did they obtain any information that could be passed on to you? It really seems there is something missing here if one was located but now you are searching for both aunts.


Did the orphanage refuse to give you information as this seems the best place to find accurate information.
Sorry I just cannot think of any other ways to search.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

Try They have a variety of ways to find people. Also go to the Mormon website and put in your information. I don't know if this will work outside the U.S. but they do have an immense amount of information. Any Mormon church can tell you how to do this. They don't care if you are not a Mormon.

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July 20, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks. That helpful

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