finding your roots

Twin Identity

NINA M NELSON March 26, 2012

I don’t know if you can assist me, but I am hoping if you can’t you can give me some direction. This is my story:
I was born in 1949 one of a set of identical twins. My mother always said my twin died, but after she passed and I met with a cousin, his wife asked me what happened to the twin my mother gave away; she did not know that it was my twin when she asked. When we buried our mother in 1993 my brother and I checked the cemetery records in the town of Roscoe and a baby girl was buried there in 1949, but in looking up a death certificate for the baby, in a letter I received from the state of South Dakota, they said ‘that no record of this vital event has been filed’. But I was told that in 1949 it was required that a fetal death report be filed. My birth certificate says I was a twin and born 1st. It does not definitively say if my twin was stillborn or a live birth. I can send a picture of my birth certificate if required.
A bit about the doctor… after my brother was born in February 1951 the doctor did a hysterectomy on my mother saying that it was a medical emergency. She said he did it as she did not want to have any future pregnancies. She had 9, from the age of 19 to 41, a total of 10 children, of which 7 lived. If he would do that, I believe he would also have given a child of hers to another woman whose child had died. Due to financial problems, my mother tried to give me away to family for most of my first years of my life.
How would I find other female children born on or near my birth date? The hospital is no longer there and I don’t think there are doctor records. I am healthy and in good physical condition and am hoping if my twin didn’t really die at birth she is in the same shape.
The first picture is me at 7 months, the second I was around 5, the third is my mother and I with my children when I was around 28 and she 68, the forth picture is when I was 39, and the last is me with my three children taken August 2011.

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