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 - 9 months 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 - 1 month 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
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Dalia - 1 month ago
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i was adopted by my stepdad,he was the best dad anyone could ask for .i was ten years old when my mother told me my father was from iraq.i knew i always looked different then my sister but i didnt know who my birth father was till then. please help me find any relative in my fathers family! #4
Alicia - 2 months ago
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I am a birth mother of a son born, July 12, 1991. He was born in Gulfport, MS at Gulfport Memorial Hospital. I did not name him, so at birth he was Baby Boy Key. He was adopted through the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. He was adopted at birth and I believe his adopted mother's last name was Pittman. She had other children with the youngest around 8 or 9 at the time. I believe the family is from near that area, but I do not know where. I have tried multiple times to get information from the Catholic Diocese, but they will not give me anything. I was only 15 when he was born, and I did not really understand what that process meant. I always thought they would give me the information about him when he turned 21. I have tried many things, and they all are dead ends. I have no money to hire a lawyer, but I pray I find him. I want the missing piece back in my life. #5
M - 1 day 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 #6
Dana - 1 month 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. #7
hannah - 11 months 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
Seth - 2 months ago
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I feel I should tell you a little about myself.. I am adopted, I was born april 3rd 1991 in Columbus Ohio in a hospital called "Doctors Hospital North" I am now 23 and and since a little kid I have always wanted to reach out to my birth parents and thank them for having me an bringing me into this world.. even though I never got to meet them Im sure they are amazing. from what I know, my mom was 16 and my dad was 19, It was a closed adoption this group seems to be my closest hope to maybe one day getting to meet them can someone help me Seth #9
Linda - 2 days ago
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I am looking for my granddaughter who was born on 9-18-85 in Fargo, ND at MeritCare Hospital and was adopted to a couple. I am now 70 years old and would like to find out if she is happy and healthy before I leave this world. I have tried many ways to find her but the birth mother will not respond to me and/or my son. Our families have health issues that she may need to be aware of in the future. Any information would be greatly appreciated and can always be contacted at xxxxx. Thank you #10
Rhonda - 5 days ago
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I am looking for 3 birth siblings who were adopted around 1985. Our father used the state agency in Scottsboro, AL. Their birth names are MICHAEL RAY, ROBERT LEE and DAWN MARIE. At the time of the adoption the oldest would have been around 8 years old. #11
Kap - 5 days ago
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I am looking for my father's birth parents. His name is Kenneth Edward Provancher. His adoptive parents were Arthor and Louisa Provancher. He was born 1931 in Pendleton, Oregon and passed away in 1993. Any pointers would be much appreciated. Thank you #12
Heidi - 1 week ago
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Can anyone help me find information on Clyde Riggins that lived in Ridgecrest, CA around 1xxxxx aprox? A year book picture for that area around 1945? Anything ? He also lived and worked in Medford, Oregon around 1xxxxx ish . Thank you. Please contact me at xxxx #13
Madison - 2 weeks ago
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I'm looking for my older brother, Drew. I'm his younger sister by 4 years, I've been looking for a while now and would appreciate any information. He was born in Dallas, Texas on January 31,1996. I'd love to have a picture and a last name to complete the information I know currently. Any help would be very greatly appreciated! #14
Linda - 4 months 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. #15
Christopher Smiley - 2 weeks ago
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I was born February 27th 1978. My mother is Billie Darlene Smiley (Willis). I was born in Fort Worth Texas. I'm looking for my biological father. All I know is his name is Joe Madison. My mother won't tell me much more than this. If any body knows anything I would be greatly appreciative.... #16
Taeler - 2 weeks ago
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I have been looking for, what seems like forever for my birth father, his name is Nick Dubious. I have no idea if he's alive or dead but I need to find out. I was born on April,6 2001. It would be a miracle if I could contact him and finally meet him. Please help me. #17
Kelly - 1 year 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. #18
Chey - 2 weeks ago
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Im looking for my big brother. I live in Louisville Kentucky, all i know is what i was told about him. I heard he went to Bellarmine and that he didnt talk much to our shared fathers mother. Jeanie. I really want to find him, our father died when i was about nine i think and his name was Christopher Geary. Im trying very hard to search for this brother ive never met. I never got the chance to meet our father either. I just really want to find and meet my big brother. #19
Mary - 6 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. #20
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