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 - 5 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 - 10 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
Emme - 6 days 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! #4
Ashley - 1 month 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. #5
Greanna - 1 month 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 #6
michelle - 2 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 #7
Heidi - 3 months ago
I am looking for our niece...Born June 2,1997. Birth name was Ariel Rene Sowers in Metropolitan Hospital in Wyom., Michigan. Birth parents name Jessica (Woods) Sowers and Tracey Sowers. Shortly after they divorced, your mom gave you up for adoption without our knowledge and we just found out this January that you were adopted. We are thinking she was adopted out of Wakeegan, IL. We have searched for you/your mom for several years and came up with nothing. We would love to re-unite with you and be able to meet with you. We just want to know you are ok and that you are happy. #8
Carol - 3 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! #9
Alycia - 3 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 #10
Kitty - 4 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 #11
Ana Ramirez - 4 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!! #12
Alyshia Hodge - 2 days ago
I am looking for my lil sister who is 17 now born June 8th 1995 she was adopted at age 2 Her name was Changed Her Birth name was Jessica Burns and her name now is Hope Oliver I've looked everywhere for her in fb on Twitter Google She was born in Sacramento, CA. Please if anyone has any other ways of nowing how to find a adopted sibiling let ne know anything will help i miss her and love her so much #13
Claudia - 5 days ago
Hello, I am searching for my birth parent's (last name Sheppard, Shepard, Shephard, Shepherd, Sheperd). I am a female adoptee, born on or around April 17, 1967 in Richmond, Virginia. My adoptive parent's have both passed therefore I do not have (nor can I obtain) any further information regarding my adoption. I would greatly appreciate any assistance provided in my search for either my birth mother or father or both. Thank you. #14
M - 4 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 #15
Carol - 1 week ago
Found my birth mother/family last year. Now searching for my full sister. She was born March 6, 1958 at Florence Crittenton Hospital in Detroit. Our birth parents are Helen Goshgarian and Henry C. Hummel. We have 3 half-siblings on Helen's side and 2 half-siblings on Henry's side. Any help would be most appreciated. #16
Deborah chaires - 2 weeks ago
I'm a mother who gave my daughter up for adoption. Her birth name was Consuelo crystal Torrez born 8\3\88 and was adopted through st Mary services I have the last name Torrez at time of adoption. Now I am chaires guillen I live in Waukegan and she has three brothers #17
hannah - 1 year 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 #18
Guest - 4 weeks ago
I'm looking for my nephew birth name Alexander Martinez Jr. Born 11/6/81 , Modesto, CA. Mother's name was Sherri Souza, Father was Alexander Martinez. Our family hasn't seen him since he was 2 years old. I went to records department. There is no record of his birth. What can I do to find him? #19
Laura - 1 month ago
My birth mother born on May 14th, 1943. Her last name was Elkins. My mother had epilepsy, hazel eyes, 5 ft 3 inches tall. My name at the time was Laura Dee Elkins born October 6th, 1965 at Sacramento County Hospital. My brother Steven David Nichols born February 1st, 1967 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento Ca. We were on the Ben Hunter Movie Matinee for adoption #20
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