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
Amber - 7 days 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!! #7
Nicole - 1 week 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. #8
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. #9
Mary - 2 weeks 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 #10
Jessica - 2 weeks 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 #11
Robin - 2 weeks 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. #12
Kara - 1 month ago
I'm searching for my birth father. I was born on June 4th, 1994 in Paterson, NJ. I do not have much information and his name is not on my birth certificate. I have a physical description of him and a first name...blonde hair, blue/green eyes, about 5'6. His first name is Craig and last name initial is O. He is possibly of German descent. He met my mother in college back in 1993 at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. I believe he would have graduated in either 1994 or 1995. It would be helpful to have someone look into the yearbooks for me so that I can start gathering a list of names/faces. It would mean the world to me and I do agree that everyone deserves to know who they are. This information has been hidden from me for much too long. #13
Guest - 9 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 #14
Baby girl Fipps - 1 month ago
I was born Aug.8,1978 in Lawton, Ok I was told about being adopted when I was a child. I new I wanted to find my bio parents as soon as I turned 18. I was successful with finding my mother but not my father his name was not on my original birth certificate. After birth I went from the Comanche county hospital to a state orphanage for close to 9months. My mother's name is Shawn Marie Fipps she was between 15 and 17 when I was born she's Caucasian, I've asked her who my dad is she says she doesn't remember and becomes upset so I try not to push her. She doesn't understand what this means to me my adopted dad passed away when I was 4. If anyone knows of me or my bio mom please help me out. There's only one family in the state of oklahoma with that last name, Fipps. Seisel Fipps Juanita Fipps are the grandparents, anyone with information can reach me at xxxx #15
Helen Jean Ashley - 2 months ago
Searching for My aunt "Helen" was taken away and adopted out, after her mother had a stroke, by the State of California. The other children were returned. My father and Alice think it was a neighbor who wanted a child. Her Father passed earlier in the year. Lived at Lindenville housing project was a World War II naval built along the 40-line south of South San Francisco Helen Jean Ashley born: 7/8 Nov 1943 San Mateo general hospital Her Father: John Ashley passed: 1944 Aortic Aneurysm Adopted from Redwood City Court House 1945 Her Mother: Delta "Foster" passed: 1965 stroke Sibling: Alice 1933 passed: 2012 heart failure " " " ": Norman 1935 passed: 1994 massive heart attack " " " ": John 1941 passed: 1983 enlarged heart I am Norman’s oldest son, and I am continuing his search. Any help or if anyone knows about this, please help. xxxx #16
Kim - 3 months ago
I am looking for my daughters biological father. She was born in October 1997 when I was 17 in Ft. Worth, TX. I have his name, date of birth and I remember the name of the street he lived on in Ft. Worth. He relinquished rights when I was pregnant and my husband adopted her in 2001. We've found multiple arrest records, most recently in September and it appears he still lives in this area. We cannot find anything else. She is 19 now and really wants to find that side of her family. We know she has a half brother the same age as her and other siblings probably younger. I'm so upset with myself for not getting more information when I had a chance.. If anyone can help her I would be so grateful! #17
Alan - 7 months ago
I am the son of an American father a USAF Firefighter based in England during the late 1950's, I believe he returned to the States in 1960. My father's name is Daniel Paul Riley.. in 1960 he was 23 (b1938), ,had a much older brother, a mother in her mid to late 50's, although his father had passed by this time. According to my adoption papers his home base was Laughlin AFB in Del RIo Texas. I have been searching for 16 years with no outcome yet. I have completed DNA testing and have a 2nd cousin listed on 23and Me. I also have been in touch with the NPRC St Louis but so far no luck, there maybe a variation in his name and there has been confusion over the unit number he was attached to, although that is now cleared up. In addition I believe I have a sibling in the US or Canada who also was adopted, we have the same birth mother as she left UK for USA and travelled to Canada before returning to UK. Can anyone help me find my father and sibling please #18
Boswell from Clinton, Md - 1 week ago
Hello. We have decided to start seriously looking for our family. A Facebook page with our story and a place where information and rescources can be gathered. Any help is greatly appreciated. We are new to this! #19
Kenyanda Cooper - 1 week ago
28 yr old african american female, born 2/5/1988, adopted from Children's Home Society of Greensboro in '88. Biological mother was approximately 20 yrs old at adoption, nursing school attendee, african/native american, father african american, worked in a diner. Looking for both parents. #20

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