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 - 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
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. #3
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 #4
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 #5
Guest - 6 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 #6
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. #7
Alan - 4 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 #8
Marisha - 5 months ago
I was born in 1990 in Los Angeles, CA and I am trying to locate my father. My mother does not have much info on him. She dated him for a month. She said he used to live in Long Beach, CA and his mother lives in Florida. Currently, he's about 55-65 years old. He used to work at a restaurant but I don't have the name or location. His name might be Omar Mastrioni, but I'm not sure of the spelling. If any one has any information, or if they can help me find my father, please contact me. email is xxxx #9
Tammie - 1 week ago
I am looking for any member of my family. I was born June 19, 1968. Adopted from High Plains Children's Home in Amarillo, Texas by Robert and Joyce Hooten when I was 3 days old. I'm not wanting anything other than to know if I have any siblings. Any help appreciated. #10
Luke - 7 months ago
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I was born on March 5, 1963 and was adopted when I was 11 months. The only info I had from my mother, was that I was named Kevin Rawlings at birth by my parents and I was born at Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly Md. I had a wonderful Mother that I lost in 1992 and also lost my father about 10 years ago. I have some siblings but we don't communicate regularly and I lost my wife 2 years ago. we had 5 children and I have always wanted to know my birth family but have never really made an attempt at the search. My best friend is pushing me along because at this point I am on my own in this effort and lost with what to do. This is my first attempt and she is determined to push me along! If I get any information I would be totally excited! Theres no one that understands after losing so much family, how important this is for me. I guess I feel a little lost and alone. I think the missing pieces would give me closure and peace. Thank you for any help! #11
Meridith - 2 months ago
I am searching for my husband's birth parents (one or both). He was born on January 4, 1967 and was placed for adoption in Christian Homes in Abilene, TX run by the Church of Christ. While there, he was called Matthew. He was adopted at the age of 4 months. We know nothing of his birth mother or father. i am searching on his behalf for family medical history. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. #12
Ayisha - 2 months ago
I am looking for my daughter, she was born August 26, 1998 in San Diego, Ca she was born as Danesha Crawford-Duron, at Alvarado hospital, she was taken away from me while I the hospital. I was only 18 with 2 other kids so I believe they took her, tomorrow is her 18th birthday and I would really love to reunite with her, I mean thats my baby. Parents names are Ayisha Crawford, and Daniel Duron, Amy information would help #13
Bill - 3 months ago
I am searching for my 1/2 brother and sister. They were adopted around 1959 in Springfield, Colorado. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be appreciative. I have found absolutely no useful information. Birth names were Dennis and Amber. Many thanks, Bill #14
Ashley - 3 months ago
I am looking for my sister. Her name at birth was Molly. It could have been changed when she got adopted. She was born in Zanesville Ohio in December 1xxxxx. She will be turning 19. I was 2 when she was born. She was given to a family in Columbus ohio. It would be nice to finally find her! #15
Guest - 3 months ago
I am searching for my adopted sister Molly. She was born in Zanesville Ohio and given to a Christian couple from Columbus Ohio and moved to Columbus. She was born December 13 or 19 1997. Her birth mother is Chery Bingham, and i'm Ashley Bingham. If I could have as much help finding her, that would be amazing! Thank you! #16
michael schuster - 4 months ago
IM an New York adoptee with NO American Rights to what belong to Me, I jest turn 58 years old all I want is My Health History. I was adopted by a Great family from buffalo NY. WE move when I was 3 years old to Ohio. If anyone can HELP Me Please Contact Me Thank You. #17
Brooke - 5 months ago
I am searching for my aunt who was adopted at birth between 1xxxxx. Location was possibly Trumbull county, Ohio through Catholic Charities. It was a closed adoption. Birth mother is Cheryl Panek who was around 19 at the time. I do not know much about the adoption. But I had a first cousin match on AncestryDNA that I believe could be a daughter of this aunt with the last name Timko. Thank you. #18
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? #19
JC - 1 year ago
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looking for health record of birth parents. Male born August 13, 1972 on Long Island NY. Name at birth Joseph, adopted through Nassau County Dept. of Social Services #20
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