If you were born in Illinois and put up for adoption but would like to find your biological parents, there are a few things you can try. The first thing you may want to do is ask your adoptive parents if they have any information that can help you locate your birth parents. If they do not give you the information, either because they don’t want to, or because they genuinely don’t have it, you may want to check with the adoption agency or attorney they used in adopting you. If neither the attorney or adoption agency can help you, or if one or both of them have since closed, you may want to go to the county office of vital statistics and request information regarding your birth. In some cases a second birth certificate is issued for children who have been adopted. In these cases there may be a copy of the original which may become available to you once you turn 18, that is unless there were specific legal instructions to seal the information, in which case you may want to consult with a private investigator. There are many private investigators who take cases like this all the time. They generally start out with researching the hospital you were born in. Depending on how much time has passed, there is always an off chance that a nurse or doctor from that facility will have some information on you based on memory. If that should fail then the next step would be to go through records for all people born on the date of your birth. If your search should be successful you can then begin the search for your parents, based on the names you have been provided. If you are not able to find them, you may need to search public records such as illinois death records, mortgages that have been recorded, and any other type of record that is kept on individuals. Hopefully you will find your biological parents, alive and well and just as happy to see you as you are to see them.