Registrant Gena Yoste is an adoptee looking for any of her birth family. The adoptee was born in Tennessee in 1960 on March 16th. She was born Gena Marcella Yates in Nashville in Davidson County to 18 year old birthmother Joan Molly Yates (maiden name Cook). Tenneesse State handled the adoption. Her adoptive name became Gena Marcella Dunning.

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Gena Yoste

Adoptee's Info
Birth Name: Gena Marcella Yates
Adoptive Name: Gena Marcella Dunning
Date of Birth: Mar 16, 1960 (now 60 years old)
Gender: Female
Birth Location: Nashville city, Davidson county, Tennessee USA

Birthmother's Info
Name: Joan Molly Yates (Cook)
Born: Oct 14, 1943 (now 76 years old)
Age at Adoptee's Birth: 18
Religion: Unknown

Birthfather's Info
Name: William Yates
Born: 1928 (now 92 years old)
Age at Adoptee's Birth: 32
Religion: Unknown

Born at Hospital: Nashville General Hospital
Birth Certificate:
Adoption Agency: Tenneesse State

Additional Info
I am Gena, I had two older brothers, from the bio parents, Toby (sp?) Yates who was about 4 years older than myself, and Robert Lowell Yates who was adopted with me around August of 1964 to the same adopted parents who were Jake and Margaret Dunning. Robert and I were born, adopted and raised in Nashville Tn however we lost track of our older brother Toby. We had been allowed to visit with Toby while we were in various foster homes. Sometimes I was separated from my brother Robert while in foster care however somehow we were kept together in foster care much of the time while Toby stayed else where. I'd heard he might have been living with our paternal fathers parents the Yates here in Nashville, Tn, but that was hearsay. Then we Robert and I were adopted by the Dunnings we lost track of Toby. It was said that he might have been adopted by people from Florida and moved there. Again hearsay. Oddly enough when our adopted parents took us to their church members of the church said they knew us that we had been brought to church by either grand parents or possibly foster parents who attended the church, also unclear who had taken us to this church. The church was on Trinity Lane Nashville tn and called Ivy Memorial Baptist Church. I mention this only because it was such an odd thing which surprised my adopted parents greatly and might be significant in ways not yet clear. My main interest is in finding Toby, and possible other half siblings. I'd like to get any and all information pertaining to why we were put in foster care and eventually adopted after living with our bio-parents for several years. I'm not sure what age I was when they did this but I assume it was when I was a little over a year old, and my two brothers (Robert 14 months), and(Toby 4 years) older than myself. I'm curious as to what possibly could have happened that our bio parents would/could give their 3 children to state foster care after raising and living with them for so long? Also I need to add that my brother I was adopted to the Dunning family (Robert Lowell) died March 17 1991. And I feel I should add he had changed his name from Dunning to Steinhice he was re-adopted by the Steinhice family around 1979 after being estranged from the Dunning family for a few years. Please feel free to contact me via email if you suspect you could be a relative or might have any information on Joan Molly Cook (Yates) bio- mom, William Yates bio-father, Toby (Yates). Thank you for reading all of this.\n

Registered: January 15, 2020

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