My great grandmother was Elizabeth Bartholomew (possibly changed to Elizabeth). According to her death record, her father's name was Edward Bartholomew. The problem? She was born in 1874, possibly in Quincy, Illinois, but that is currently up in the air. By 1880, she was living in Jefferson Township, Stephenson County, Illinois with new parents: Anthony and Elizabeth Briner. I have no other records. I've checked birth records for the Bartholomews. I've checked death records for the Bartholomews. I've checked census records. Nothing. Anywhere. We don't know who Edward was married to, so that doesn't help. We don't know why she was adopted, and she always kept it as a huge secret-literally taking it to her grave. I've hit a brick wall and don't quite know what to do. There is a possibility that Anthony and Elizabeth Briner put the adoption in the paper in either Jo Daviess County or Stephenson County-that is about the only thing I haven't had checked. Any ideas? I'm at a loss.