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 - 1 year 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 - 6 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 - 11 months 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
errin - 2 weeks ago
I am looking for my brother. he was born in Buffalo ny in 1968 maybe around veteans day. his birth mother Linda Naylor was from Troy ny. She went to college at SUNY Ithaca. she ended up getting pregnant by a college sweetheart maybe last name turner. she probably went to a Catholic run house for unwed mothers and had the baby. She had a friend named Ivy- not sure if Ivy was from school or from the Catholic house. I just found out about this or I would've looked earlier. Linda is dead and unfortunately didn't tell many people about this pregnancy. She did register with the adoption place when her son was born in case he wanted to contact her. any info email me at xxxx #4
Joshua - 3 weeks ago
I am an adoptee. Her first child. Born Aug. 13, 1989 in Denver, CO. I don't know her name or my father's name. From all I have been able to gather was that she was from the UK. I am biracial. I was put into foster care shortly after my birth and spent my first 3 months there before being adopted by a family in the Southwest area of Colorado. I just want to know who they are. If they are married. If I have other siblings. Does she even live in the US still? If you are out there please know that I do not hold anything against your or the man you were with. I thank you for choosing to give me life, so that I too could have a family. #5
Latoyia - 3 weeks ago
I am an adoptee. I was adopted from the Children's Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro. My mother was age 16 when she gave birth to me and my father was 17. I have been searching since I was 18 years old however, I am 33 years old today and the only information that I have gain is unidentified. However in 2008 medical information was sent to me stating that my mother was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. I'm not sure what stage she was in or if it was treatable at the time so I have been dealing with the fact that she may or may not be living.Through making contact with the agency, I also found out that I had 3 siblings. Could you please help me because this has become stressful and heart breaking for me. I just want to know who they are and why. Thank you. #6
Emme - 1 month ago
Hi my husbands birth name is Jesus Ricardo Contreras. His biological mother's name was Carolyn Contreras, but her last name has changed to Rivera due to being married. Jesus was born in Baptist Medical Center on November 25, 1993 in Bexar County San Antonio, Texas. We are trying to find my husband's biological father who's name is Manuel. We do not know the last name of his father. His mother claims that she doesn't know either. We have a picture here that his mother posted she was asking if anyone knows him. He has similar features as my husband so we were thinking that it might be him, but his mother says it's not. She refuses to talk about the birth father so we're not quite sure. My husband was put in foster care when he was 9-10. His mother lost custody. (We do not need to find her because we've already met her, just his FATHER) If anyone can help us thanks! #7
Ashley - 2 months ago
Searching for my birth mother who walked out on me and my father when I was 2 months old. She never told my father anything about herself, not even where she was born, all she gave him was Dahlonegah Ga, but when he took her to see her family once there wasn't any family leading him to believe she lied. My father a truck driver met her at a truckstop. All I know is her name is Betty cathrine lynn peters, born 11-9-1956 or 1957. And she was 25 when I was born My birth date is 10-9-84 and I was born at 3:42am. Please if anyone can help me I would be forever in debt, I have searched for 8 years, and nothing. I can not afford to do this on my own, and Im beginning to loose hope, and emotionally feel like it may be a lost cause. I have so much to ask her, again I am begging for help. #8
Greanna - 2 months ago
Hello. I was wondering if you could possibly help me locate my birth mother? Her name is Rhonda Latonda York. Her date of birth is February 5th, 1970. She was born in Jackson Mississippi. I found a SSN but it turns out my birth mother used her mother, Josephine York, SSN as her own. My date of birth is February 2nd, 1997. I was born in Chicago Illinois in Cook County. I am also a fraternal twin. We have a biological sister who is named Josephine. Her date of birth is 10/3/1998. If you could please help me I would really appreciate it. thank you #9
michelle - 3 months ago
I'm an adoptee looking for birth parents mother born in Utah 01/1954 lived in losangelas ca on skid row from 1970 thru I was born at queen of angels medical center with supposed birth name of tawynee Madonna Ricks I was adopted with a kisa starla Ricks natural birth sister we have 2 sisters one that has passed in 1995 our birth father is from Arkansas born in 07/ 1937 he did a 6 yr sentence in Soledad prison in California around month 8-10/1983 I am very adiment in finding something I have little to no birth records as I was entered into foster car may 5 of 1982 to a woman in paloma ca I've got much helpful I formation but I am not sure how much is reliable she would have had a limp walk bc of left leg being longer then other behavior issues like bipolar etc and a opiate iv injection drug problem she too has arrest records there is another child would have been born in 6or7/1983 possibly was adopted as well later on siblings names are Patricia 11/74 and Michele 1/1977 #10
Carol - 4 months ago
I am looking for my birth mother. I was born August 24, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio. Have been told my birth mother was 18 years old at the time she gave birth to me. She was from Louisiana and came here to stay with a brother who lived south of Columbus. She didn't want her mother to know about her pregnancy because her mother was in ill health. I was placed in Catholic social services and then adopted. My birth mother's name was Gayle Comeaux. If anyone knows her she would now be around 71 years old! #11
Guest - 4 days ago
I am looking for my grandson; His Father was James(Toby) Harold Walker and Margaret Juanita Maderes(sp). His name was Cyle Ray Walker born August 24, 1997/1998 in Georgia. He was in foster care and was adopted after 2011 in Georgia. His sister is Amethyst Rene Walker also adopted at the same time, her birthday is February 1, 2001, I would like to find her too. #12
Alycia - 4 months ago
I was born in Reno Nevada January 19 1980 at around 7:35 pm. I was adopted threw lds family services. I have recently started looking to find out my biological parents. All the LDS church will tell me is my biological mom was german dutch decent, she was Lutheran. Also my biological parents were both truckers. I would really love to know any information on my biological ancestry or medical. If anyone knows or is looking for a baby girl that was born that day and around that time please let me know I deserve to know who i am please please help me #13
Judith - 6 days ago
I'm looking for my sister who was adopted at birth in California sometime between 1953 and 1955. Her birth mothers name was Rita Decker. The information I have is not much to go on and I have searched everywhere I can think of. Any help I can get pointing me in the right direction would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much :) #14
Joe - 2 weeks ago
I was adopted at birth. Know very little about my birth parents. Originally from Panama City FL. Birth mother may have been from Brewton AL. May have had family in De Funiak Springs FL. I am 32 years old and ready to fill in this blank chapter in my life story. Anyone who can point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. #15
Kitty - 5 months ago
Hello, I am looking for my Biological Father, first name Johnny. I was born September 11 1967 in Terre Haute Indiana. Vigo County. Info given to me about Johnny is that he was in the service at a young age and came home and lived with his mother, father and younger sister. He also had a broken arm or wrist in Dec. of 1966 or beginning of 1967. I have never met my Biological Father and although I have had an amazing father that raised me with love I have always longed to find my family that I have never known .Any help is greatly appreciated. God BLESS #16
Ana Ramirez - 5 months ago
Need Help Too!! I was adopted from Ensenada, Mexico in 1973 from family by the name of Estanislao Iglesias Caro. I have found him, and we took our DNA test however found that we are not related. My birth mothers name is Maria Del Carmen Morales Munoz, she was born in Otatitlan, Veracruz, and her parents were Francisco Morales , and Amada Munoz. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it. The word is that I possibly have siblings, but I know nothing about whether that is true or hearsay. Please Help!! #17
Guest - 3 weeks ago
Hi, I've been looking for my half-brother for 2 years now I was told a few days after my birthday that I had a half-brother so I have been wanting to meet him. All I know is he is under 20 years old and his name is Trevon, I don't know his last name or any of his relatives other than our father. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated. #18
M - 5 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 #19
Erica - 3 weeks ago
My husbands Brother was put up for adoption he was born October 24th 1988/89 not sure which year, his birth name was Derek Scott no known last name the adopted parents named him Derek Russell also don't know his last name for legal reasons. I believe he was born in Bixby Hospital in Adrian Mi he was adopted through Christian Cradle in Lansing Mi #20
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