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 - 2 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 - 11 months 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
Mary - 1 year 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. #3
Dede - 1 year ago
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I was born July 16, 1962, in Bexar County, Texas in the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. My birth mother ended up in a Catholic "unwed mother's" home. She was 21 at the time (born around 1941). I was transferred from the Catholic home to the LAST agency. I was adopted at 3 weeks old and had a happy childhood and have had a happy adult life.I've held on to a handwritten card for years that said my birth father spoke three or four languages and was in the Mexican National Army. He may have met my birth mother in college. It is my understanding that he never knew about me. Besides that, the card said my birth father was born in 1936, 6 feet tall, blue eyes, brown hair and in good health. I have some information on my mother's side, but no names on either side. I only know she had two sisters and a brother. My maternal grandfather was a mail carrier and my grandmother was a housewife. #4
Katy - 1 week ago
I am a adoptee looking for my 4 biological brothers. I was born August 26, 1987 in paramount California. My oldest brother lived with his grandparents, second oldest always ran away and the youngest was 2 years old at the time. I have a younger biological brother who was born in August 88 who was also adopted. I have non identification information about my birth family including how old they were, hair and eye color, jobs and medical. Mainly looking for my siblings and not birth parents. Thank you! #5
Lizann - 2 weeks ago
Hi - My grandmother Winnie (Winifred) Smith was adopted by the Westmoreland family around 1911 - she was born around 1904 or 5 in San Francisco and survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and fire. In 1907 her mother, Josephine Smith (formerly Josephine Lindsey) died and my grandmother and her little brother, David Smith were sent to an orphanage, David was adopted by the McShane family in Berkeley and some how ended up with the name Bobbie (Robert) Kuhn - he died in the 1980s in Los Banos. I am looking for his children or grandchildren who would be my cousins. I have uncovered a lot of info about our family and want to share. There were also older half siblings, Virginia, Joseph, Margaret, Myron, and Robert whose mother was Josephine Lindsey and whose father was Alex Lindsey. If anyone has any info about my relatives I would be so grateful. #6
Doenene - 3 weeks ago
Hello, My sisters and I are seeking our brother, name at time of surrender: Michael Rhea. He was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda Maryland in 1959. I have heard the date was June 22, but not 100% confident that is accurate. He was born to Doris Schultz (maiden name) and Clarence Rhea. He was given up for adoption in California in 1969. I am told in San Diego area, and something called the village. Again not 100% sure in the name. Can anyone please assist? I only found out about his existence recently, and have been working to learn the birth information and adoption information. Our mother passed away a long time ago, and I had to track down my father and beg for years to get what information I have. Any assistance would be wonderful! Thank you, Doenene #7
hannah - 2 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 #8
M - 10 months ago
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Hi. My brother and a girlfriend gave their baby up for adoption about 21 years ago. It was a boy. I in now way want to interfere with this young man's life. Nor am I looking to meet him. Unfortunately my brother was diagnosed with congenital heart disease several years ago and my mother just died suddenly of it 2 months ago and my cousin last year. It is VERY prevalent in our family and sadly it is common to die suddenly of it. I just want to get a word to his family so they know he needs to be evaluated so if he does have it he could be cared for properly and live a long happy life. To the best of my knowledge, my brother has not done this himself and does'nt intend to. Any suggestions? I would like to do it anonymously (or at least without any personal info) as I don't have my brother's permission but I just can't let this young man go not knowing when knowing could save his life. I'm not trying to being dramatic. I just lost my mom. I can't stand for this to happen to another family #9
Chelsea - 1 week ago
Looking for my half sister (carcasion) who was born in New Orleans Charity Hospital in late February or early March 1985 (during Mardi Gras time). Our mom was living at a Catholic Unwed mothers home and all info was destroyed during Katrina. She was adopted by a Catholic couple from the Baton Rouge area and the father was possible a principal of a school and the mother was possible a stay at home mom. #10
Jennifer - 2 weeks ago
Hello I'm looking for my husbands biologic parents. He is 43 years was born on Feb 15,1973 in San Antonio Texas @ baptist hospital That is what he was told. his mother was 18 yrs old is the only thing he knows it was a closed adoption is what his parents told him he has searched for yrs and we have no luck. Chris has a family is and would love to reunit with family member. Please help if anyone know please help he would love this. Thank you his caring wife.. #11
Dianna - 2 weeks ago
Hi I'm looking for my middle Don Christopher Dwayne sawyers d.o.b 11-6-1995 I lost him and his younger brother James to the state of Texas in 2003 in Plano tx . I have been reunited with James and I have a realtionship with his older brother Jerry Don. Christopher is 20 now and as far as I know he was adopted in 2007. Not sure where to look I am on all these website and social media and I have a couple good friends in high places looking. My email address in Dianna xxxx #12
Dana - 12 months ago
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I am looking for my husband's birth parents. He was born in Huntington NY February 27th 1978. His legal adoption didn't go through until he was about 4 years old. He was born in Huntington hospital and given to his family Abbatiello from birth even though legally was not satisfied until a fewYears later. Closed adoption. We believe the birth parents have the last name Walters? Please if anyone knows how to help. His adopted mother passed away from ALS and he has no further information other then his birth certificate that was signed by hisadopted parents. #13
Sonia - 1 month ago
I am looking for my five half brothers and sisters that were born to Renee M. Verdes or Renee M. Young. I was born to her in 1965, and I was the youngest to Renee. It is my understanding that Renee passed away in 2003. When I was born, they used to live in Yuba City, California. I think I was born at Gridley Memorial Hospital located in Butte County in California. Any help is surely appreciated! Thank you #14
Tiffany - 2 months ago
I was born at Duncan Memorial Hospital in 1983. I was not adopted, my mother was just sent there to give birth to me. Does anyone know how I can get any hospital records without going all there way to Texas? I just want to find my birth father and feel like there might be more clues in my records xxxx #15
Nancy - 3 years ago
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I found a match online but the adoptee posted that she was looking for birth family back in 2004. She had a very unusual name but I can find no trace of it online in USA search, etc type sites without paying. I have a possible disconnected land line but need cell, email etc. notifications says she has me as a contact, I emailed her on this site but don't know if I or she has to pay to receive's email, does anyone know how this site works? Is there an Search Angle that can help find a way to get ahold of her? #16
Melissa - 2 months ago
I was born on July 30, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. My adoptive Mom was a nurse at the hotel I was born at and friends with the doctor so I know that my biological Mom's name is Susan Moffett. I would love to find her and find out if I have any biological siblings. Thank you! #17
Joanna - 1 year ago
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looking for my parents, I was born Dec. 25, 1998 in Minneapolis Minnesota. I really don't have any other information. My last name is now Stern. anything would help #18
Danaka - 2 months ago
Hi, I'm looking for my sister she was adopted about a year after her birth at least I believe . Dec. 15, 1998 is when she was born. Name given was Hannah Marie . might had been changed . adopted to a Tracy and Steve who had other children .she was born in Kentucky . birth mother's name is Angela. #19
Kelly - 2 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. #20
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