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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Bryan - 3 months ago
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i was born in Alburquerque, New Mexico at the Presbyterian Hospital in albuquerque. My date of birth is 9/14/1968. I was adopted 7 days after my birth by the Pratt family. I am an African American Male. My birth mother was very fair skinned, and my birth certificate states caucasian as my ethnicity, so it could be possible that my mother is bi-racial or caucasian. The name on my birthcertificate is Baby Boy Stultz. This is the only information I have. #1
kati masse - 3 months ago
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Hi, i have been searching for my cousin for years, she was adopted june 28 1996, to a couple in bountiful utah was believed the adoptive father was a bountiful police officer at the time of adoption. Her birth name is crystal renee christensen born july 5th 1987 to rodney christensen and joanna oliver groms. If anyone knows anything. I just want hug her again or kbow ahe has had a good life! We were connected at the hip, did everything together. She also has 2 little sisters that want to be reunited #2
Lorna Hernon - 3 months ago
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I am searching for my father, his name is David Marcelli. My mothers name was Susan Ann Mc Connell then she got married and became Kelly. I found out she died a year ago.I was born at St. Mary's Help hospital in San Francisco on December 28, 1973 born with the name Noelle Marie Mc Connell. I just lost my adopted father this passed year, I have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. I just want to meet him or any family if they want to meet me. I am trying to find the last missing piece to my life. Please help me on my journey. Thank you so much #3
Therese - 3 days ago
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HI I would like to respond to #35 on list. It states that a Mom is trying to help her daughter find her birth mom. She was adopted through Gladney texas. The reason I am interested is bc I know that the birth mom and birth father went to Gladney and supplied the medical history for the baby. this post states that this Mom knows a little about the birth mom and birth father. #4
Therese - 2 weeks ago
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I am the birth aunt looking for my niece. Her birthday is August 19, 1982 and was born at Gladney in Texas, possibly Duncan Hospital is on the birth certificate. It would be a joy to meet you. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I have so much to share with you. #5
Barbara - 4 weeks ago
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I was born a twin 7/20/1963 in St. Vincent's Hospital--Philadelphia, my twin was stillborn. My birth name was Janice Elaine Young. I am looking for my birth mother, Barbara Young (DOB 10/12/1941??). Looking for medical history due to my progressive, degenerative eye disease. #6
tonya rasar - 2 months ago
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Hi,im trying to help my daughter in-law find her brother that was adopted,actually her mother is also trying to reunite with him,this is all the information we have.His name at birth was Jason Edward Delagarza he was born on Jan7th,1975 at Brokaw hospital either in Bloomington or Normal IL.Hoping to find him soon.Thanks #7
Drew Brister Farr - 6 months ago
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Still searching for my brother. He was born in 1945 in Le Compte LA., then taken to Methodist Chil dren's Home in New Orleans, LA. He stayed in the home until he was around 11 months old, when he was adopted out of state. Our mother was 15 and our father was 18 and had just been drafted. After the war, they married and went on to have 6 more children. We recently lost our mother and this is when we found out we have an older brother. My father is asking to find him. Please someone help us! #8
Kimberly Parker - 3 months ago
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I am searching for my daughter, Born Oct,31.1981 at John Peter smith hospital fort worth, Texas , through Edna Gladney adoption home. I would love help from a search angel, I am listed on Edna Gladney reg..I have a medical condition that she also may need to know about that is inherited.. #9
Angelia Eller - 3 months ago
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Please help me. I'm desperately searching for my father, David Cox. My biological mother's name is April; I don't know her maiden name. I have reason to believe David lives in/around Lampasas, Texas and is a Diesel Mechanic. I haven't been able to find him but I really need this. I really need to find him. I was born in 1996 in Texas. Please help me find David. #10
Mary - 5 days ago
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Looking for my niece, her birth name was April wygant, born at lakeshore hospital in Shelby MI. name may have been charge,birth day April,1995 i think.Will get more information later. #11
Elizabeth - 2 weeks ago
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Looking for birth parents, I was born August 12, 1978 in Rochester NY. Please email me at xxxx #12
Kelly - 5 months 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. #13
christine carnahan - 3 weeks ago
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searching for my brothers christopher micheal and shawn micheal born in st.paul mn i am the oldest out of the 3 of us they were adopted out please help if you can thanks #14
Richard - 5 months ago
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Looking for my my birth parents. I was adopted from the Children's home society in Daytona Beach,Florida. I was born August 19,1977. My name was Corey Tolbert or Corey Talbert at birth. I was told my mother had a daughter that was being raised her grandmother. My mother was a college student in the Daytona Beach area. #15
andrea - 11 months ago
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i am looking for my birth mother. her name is sheryl lynn benton. last i knew she was in dothan alabama. i was born march 23, 1976. my birthname was tonya if anyone in that area knows of her please let me know. my email is xxxx she was also believed to be with a man named george miller . i need to find her!!! #16
Shelley - 3 weeks ago
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ISO my Birth, Blood Brother! I am so anxious in finding him. Born in Long Beach on March 10 or 11 1xxxxx at St. Mary's hospital. Im not giving up! I know you are out there! :) #17
Ouida Truelove - 3 weeks ago
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Looking for my daughter, born 7-31-1988 AFB in Dayton Ohio. Birth Name Denise Nicole Truelove. My email xxxx #18
Sandi - 4 weeks ago
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Long Beach CA- looking for baby boy born on April 1968- Shannon Choppin on birth certificate. #19
Kathleen (Kathy) - 6 months ago
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Birth mother of a baby boy born in 1980 in Mason City Iowa. I've never felt it was fair to try and make contact, however, over 30 years have passed and if he would like to make contact I want him to know the feeling is mutual. Private adoption in Cerro Gordo County. #20
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