Search Angels

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Volunteer Search Help

What You Need to Know About Search Angels

Search angels are volunteers who offer certain kinds of search help without charge. Generally, they are not professional detectives or people finders, although some have developed exceptional search skills.

Services typically offered are:

  • Help with online search tools (looking through registries, checking online public records, doing name searches)
  • Library lookups (City Directories, old phone books, old newspapers, birth records if available)
  • Local legwork (visits to addresses you may have, city halls, schools if you know the name to check old yearbooks, etc.)
  • Local phone calls
  • Some search angels have purchased a series of records or databases, usually specific to a certain state, but in some cases, for entire regions, counties, provinces, or countries. Others have access to school yearbooks from one or more schools.
  • If you ask a search angel to make copies of documents, mail you papers, make long distance calls, or incur other expenses on your behalf, be prepared to pay for them in advance. Search angels donate their time and talents, but please don't expect them to absorb any expenses.

Locating a Search Angel

  • Search angels can be found in search and support groups, on our forums, and often in the chat rooms.
  • Check your local laws on search, and the services they offer. Some states offer free help, others don't.
  • Contact one or more search groups in the state, county, province, or region where the adoption took place. These groups, discussion boards, and chat rooms are filled with people searching or who have searched and they are a wonderful resource.

A Word of Caution

  • We do not know any of the search angels who post on our forums or visit our chat rooms, and we cannot verify their information. As with any other service provider, you are responsible for any arrangements you make or information you give out.
  • Search assistance should not be requested by or for minor adoptees.
  • Search angels are not professional intermediaries and should not be asked to make contact for you.
  • Please do not abuse the offers these volunteer searchers are making. They are people reaching out to people in the kindest way possible.
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Sky - 3 years ago
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I am the daughter of an adoptee, one of her five children. Recently, my mother has become very adamant about finding her birthparents. I have searched far and near for long hours, but I'm begging to know that I don't have the resources and I have reached nothing but dead ends. My mother was born on 04/29/1965 in Henderson, Nevada. She was adopted though the LDS church. If any one has any leads - or can give me advice on where to look for her birth parents, you would be a miracle. Everyone deserves to know who they are. Thank you. #1
Tracy - 2 years ago
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Hello I have been looking for 15 yrs for my half brother and two half sisters.Jay winkle, betty winkle and amber winkle.They were borm in Georgetown Ohio but were put in foster care in Hamilton oh.When they were 5,4,3.I cant find any thing on them thinking they were adopted.Birth parents are Rick winkle and rose winkle. #2
Linda - 2 years ago
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Searching for my son's half-brother. His father got a girl pregnant. She went to Florida in 1966 or 1967 to have the baby. She was from Vermont. She never told him about it. We just found out from her best friend who let my sister know of it. Her name was Nancy Allen. She gave birth to the baby and it was immediately given up for adoption, probably in Florida. Can anyone help? I have not contacted Nancy Allen, as she married and I do not know her married name. My X-husband said if she was pregnant then, it was his child. Thank you. #3
Mary - 2 years ago
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I am a white female born March 26,1966. Was told I am from Chicago,Illinois. I have brother that was my biological brother that was adopted with me his birthdate is March 14, 1967. He died in Chattanooga Tennessee on Sept. 1995. I do have a death certificate number but have not ask for a copy of the death certificate. Do you know if the death certificate would have biological parents names? We were 2 out 5 children being the two youngest. We were given to our grandparents for awhile and later to DDS. In October 1969 we were taken to Thomasville, GA to meet with a family and placed in there home. This was called a safe home at the time. On December 3, 1970 my brother and I were adopted by William Alsa and Gayle Cooley Shackelford. I was told by my adopted mother that my last name is Mount. I believe my biological name to be Elizabeth Ann Mount. Any help will be appreciated. #4
JosephDavid Anderson - 2 years ago
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father's name Joseph David Price aka sunny born 1935 Elm City North Carolina mother's name was Daisy price once lived in Elizabeth City North Carolina met my mother Washington DCI haven't seen my father since I was 7 years oldI am now 59 years old and hope someway somehow someone will lead me to my father or relations please help #5
hannah - 3 years ago
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hey its your big sister and i love you i really miss you i have seen pictures of you and you are very cute my names Callie Manns and i am your sister i spend every night searching for you nothing has worked you were born 2003 i think or 2002 but please lil sis i wanna find you if your out there i hope you get this message i have never stopped thinking about you #6
David - 6 days ago
Searching for my birth father or any other of my father's children. He apparently was about 21 at the time of my birth in 1966. He lived in Norwalk, CT near the drive in movie area off route 1. My mother was a younger (16) blonde girl named Linda who also lived in the area near CT Ave off exit 14 area. His name may have been Tony Masi who was the uncle of a friend and was from Georgia. He also may have had a criminal record. Any information would be fantastic. I am having some medical issues and would like to learn his medical history for the sake of my children and of course myself. #7
Rebecca - 1 week ago
I am a Mother in Search of her Son His name was Richard Anderw Tatro, he was Born November 7th 1970 at Providence Hospital, Holyoke, Massachusetts. I was at the Guild of the Holy Child in Westfield. Ma. I was under the care of The Division of Child Guardianship, I had him for 17 days in the hospital (C-sections stayed more than 3 days) My Attorney was Donnely Main Street Springfield, Mass. My Mother Signed him away. I need to know what Happened to my Son? His Father Richard Andrew Shedlock, is from Cumberland Indiana. He was Stationed at SAC Westover AFB Chicopee -1970 he left for Home Feb 1970 never to be seen again? He never came back for me I was told he came to get Our son and he was with his Father in Indiana. I've survived Ovarian cancer and I need to find My Child Life is to short and I Loved Him then I love Him Now and Forever Thank You #8
Sharon - 2 weeks ago
I'm at a lost...I was adopted at birth 1/22/66 Jacksonville Florida to a military family...I've been searching for more than 20 yrs for any biological family..I know very little,in got my non identify info which tells me I was my father's only child and he was not married to my mom who had 2 daughters at the time of my did an ancestry DNA which just lead to cousins and even reaching out to numerous of them lead me no where.I just don't know what else I can do or look..any and all advice is very welcomed.. #9
Sherry - 2 weeks ago
My father Gregory Allen Foster, is searching for his biological family. He was born August 27, 1947 in Vanderburgh County at Deacon hospital. He was told his biological father was a tall man who worked on the railroad. And his birth mother was very young, the reason he was placed for adoption. He was listed as the Mckinley baby His adopted parents were Lester Allen Foster and Lillian Easley Foster. ANY information will be greatly appreciated. My father, Gregory is terminally ill and would love nothing better than to find his biological family! #10
Kelly - 3 years ago
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Searching for my half sister who was born October 1967,13th or 14th most likely. She was born in Bartholomew County Columbus, Indiana. I was born October 7, 1968. Knowing I could have the sister I always wanted grabs at my heart daily. Would love to find her and hopefully answer a lot of questions I'm sure we both have. I inquired about a locating agency but they are very expensive with no guarantees. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You. #11
John - 3 weeks ago
I was born in Minnesota in 1946. I know my birth name but that hasn't seemed to help much. I went to the state and my records are sealed and cannot be opened without the permission of my parents. A lilt much to expect since I am 70. I tried 23 and me and found some cousins who are something like my 4th cousin but no one close enough to get a name match. I don't know exactly how to go from here, I am sure both parents are probably deceased by now, but I may have some siblings elsewhere. Can you help at all? #12
Teresa Sylvester Irving - 3 weeks ago
I am searching for half sister I do not know her name. My father was James Nicholas Sylvester from Hopewell, VA. He worked at Firestone Plant there. My half sister called my father's home in 1996 or 1997 asking for him and was told he died and we never heard from her again. Over the years I have wanted to meet her but not knowing her name or her mother's name I cannot find her. If she happens to be searching for us maybe she will use this website. Her mother also worked at Firestone and the man she knew as her father had died and that is when her mother told her about James Sylvester being her father. Please give me some advice on how I may find her. #13
Katie - 3 weeks ago
Hello people, I am searching for my birth mother and 4 siblings...3 sisters and 1 brother. I was told by my adoptive mother that my 'brother' had 'amniotic banding around one or both of his hands. Anyways... I was born in Milton, Florida on July 29th, 1993 around 7 in the morning at Santa Rosa Medical Center. And I was adopted from birth. I have some other details, but the stories that I've been given have changed so I don't even know what all is true. But those are the basics, I guess. I was told that my mother lived in base housing because her husband was deployed, however her husband was not my father. I recently moved to Jacksonville, Fl but am still always thinking of different ways to search or obtain information. Any and all help is appreciated :) Thanks #14
Amber - 1 month ago
My sister Tracey and brother Brian found my Sister Betty and I. We are still on the search for our brother Jay Winkle. Last time I talked to him was letters through the mail. He was adopted I believe Sandy White and her husband. He then was sent to a group home called St. Cloud children's home, in Missouri. The last time I spoke to him through mail was just before he turn 18. He would be 29 now. Our parents were Rose and Rick Winkle. Our mom found us shortly after being found by my siblings. Jay Winkle if you are out there we have been looking and are still looking for you, we will never give up, you are the last piece missing from our puzzle!! #15
Nicole - 1 month ago
Hello, My name is Nicole. My husband, John, is searching for his sister’s son. The birth mother, his sister, Kathryn Suzanne, is deceased. The date of birth of the adoptee is January 13, 1964. The state of the adoption was Lackawanna, NY. The hospital of birth was Our Lady of Victory Infant Home The name given to the adoptee at the time of birth was James Michael The only documentation that was offered from Our Lady of Victory Chapel was a baptismal certificate dated January 19, 1964. It is believed that he was not adopted immediately due to a hernia condition that may have required medical attention. He was adopted on April 15, 1964. Please let me know if you feel that you might be able to help him. #16
Mary - 2 months ago
Female adoptee,56, born 12-3-60,in wayne county,detroit mich,herman keifer hosp,catholic social services. Mom was 21,mexican n italian. Workd as secretary,n in a bank. Dad was cherokee n irish. He was a dockhand,short order cook,truckloader. They were both born in mich,i think. They were not married. They called me christina. Mom had 2 daughters 1 n 2. I believe she gave one up besides me. Mom had 11 yr old sister. Dad had 28yr old sister who died of pneumonia. Plz,if ur out there,i only wanna know who u are,so i can find out who i am. Thanks #17
Guest - 10 months ago
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I was born in houston st lukes Hospital on July 7th 1967 at 10:52 p.m. I was adopted from the homes of st. marks... by Jerry and Judy Matheson..i am searching for my biological parents and siblings if name is kevin matheson and i reside in magnolia tx..if ANY information is found please contact me at ..five zero eight zero..nine six nine one or email me at xxxx you..kevin #18
Jessica - 2 months ago
Hi i been searching for my biological dad for years i dont know his name but his mothers name was juana colon i really want to find my dad i have 5 beautiful children and i need to know about my dad i dont know if is name was santiago colon or ruben santiago my bio mothers name was robin helene gamble she died on jan 30 thats basically all i know i have a twin named alexandrea guillot.i think one of my uncles name was angel cruz or angel colon i contacted him but he refused to give me any information i also have another uncle named renee colon i think and my aunt name was maria jimenez who was married to my uncle joe Jimenez and i have an aunt named peggy adams an uncle named robert adams a cousin named gregory adams.i dont know much about my bio family but i still contact my big brother daniel gomez and big sister helene gomez who doesnt have the same dad i do but we all have the same mom.please i need some help to find my real family i have a hole in my heart and i want it filled #19
Robin - 2 months ago
I wanted to say, hang in there! My birth mother tried to get me back, but she was just too poor at the time. She worked hard to better herself, everybody sacrificed -- a lot, but in the end, she was able to keep all her other kids, and she and I finally got a relationship, as well. I can honestly say I love her. It's amazing how much we have in common. (Please be aware, it will NOT be the same as a parent-child relationship, BUT if you can both respect the other, it can work out.) My birth mother has end stage breast cancer, which breaks my heart, but I am ridiculously grateful I got to know her. She's got a unique perspective on life. I spent my life hating my large-size head (I'm female!), but she says it had to be there to make more room for the bigger brain! LOL! I know it's hard, but hang in there. And respect each other where you each are in life, and be willing to work at a wonderful friendship. #20

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