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 - 9 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 - 1 year 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
Amy - 1 month ago
I am a birth mother looking for her daughter, Mariah Marlene Clark. Mariah was born on 4/18/86 9lbs.2oz. and 21" long at Southmore Hospital in Pasadena, TX (hospital now closed). A few days/weeks before 6/18/87 (I have blocked the exact date out of my memory) Mariah was adopted by "Dianne and Bailey" through Lutheran Social Services of Texas at 3131 West Alabama Suite 124 Houston, TX (which is also a different building than before). Adoptive parents had a son named Aaron who was also adopted. This adoption was set up to be "An Open Communication Adoption" but after they had custody of Mariah they refused to accept or send me any letters. I was very bitter and upset about the adoption so I guess I understand their view. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Mariah and long to hold her again. I have tried to find her before through social services but they just tell me there was a fire and everything was destroyed. Please Help. Thank you #4
Liz - 2 months ago
I was a foster child in the California foster care system. I am searching for my biological mother and father. I have two older brothers and two you gets sisters. I was born on October 4, 1991. The only thing I know about my mother is her name. Terri Howard. I'm not sure exactly how old she is or where she is now as I have been told over the years that she moved around the US a lot. Her fathers name is Clarence Howard. I only know my fathers first name, James. I am a white female. Brown hair, 5'6" tall. When I was younger I had supervised visitation with her, I believe the visits were in Tulare county California. Any help would be greatly appreciated. #5
Ramon - 2 months ago
Looking for my sister. she was born 02/1958or 1959 I pretty sure she would of been born in Nebraska. Our mother died in Portland Oregon 1961. Our father met someone else and we were given up for adoption. found out just recently that our mother been married before and had 5 boys. I can remember having a brother named greg and pretty sure my sisters name was cindy. I was so young at the time. her maiden name was Mullin and married name was tague and our fathers last name was taylor. they called me ramey when I was little. the only thing I remember was she was there one day and not the next. I think about her daily just wanting to make sure she is ok. our father passed away in Oct of 2014 he didn't remember me since he had lost most his memory. although I had seen him when I graduated high school he did remember me even though I was just a child of 6 or 7 when given up. I just can't understand why no one has ever wondered where the children went to. if you see this big sister write me #6
errin - 3 months 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 #7
Cherry - 5 days ago
Looking for someone who is fluent in spanish and english to visit addresses in madisonville and huston texas to confirm if birth mother lives there or not. xxxxx. xxxx Her name is santos claribel ocampo now goes by santos claribel DeLeon she a imigrant from las minas valle olanchito honduras birthday februar 6 or 23 1965. Boyfriend is jorge d. DeLeon from mexico born november 17 1951 or sept. 1955. Relatjves of boyfriend are evangina and hector. #8
Valerie - 7 days ago
I am looking for my cousin, he would have been born in Bartow Florida hospital around 1xxxxx. I was told it was a private adoption. He would be of mixed race. My aunt was not allowed to give him a name. She was very young. I don't have much info at all and I have no idea where to start. #9
cynthia garcia - 2 weeks ago
i am looking for my four kids Ivan Garcia,Robert RuizJr, Anavey Ruiz, and Benito Ruiz. Ivan Garcia might be in Santa Barbara County youth camp. And Robert Ruiz Jr is in Kern County group home. Anavey Ruiz and Benito Ruiz might be in the Porterville California area.Please anyone if this kids sound like someone you know please contact me xxxx #10
Ashley - 5 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. #11
Diane - 3 weeks ago
looking for my biological brother that was put up for adoption in FL in the summer of 1xxxxx. Both of our parents are deceased. I have another living brother named Douglas. My adopted brother was born in Dunedin, Clearwater or Sarasota, FL. His birth certificate named him Dwayne Blacklidge, I think #12
Barbara Coleman - 4 weeks ago
I am looking for my brother, his name is Larry born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Irma Johnson in the 60's. I don't know is last name cause he was adopted in the 60's. Larry would be in his 50's African American. He would have been born in charity hospital. xxxx #13
mary - 1 month ago
Female adoptee lookin for my real parents. I was adopted from the sarah fisher home in mich from probate court. Iwas born dec 3 1960. I lived in detroit for awhile and then moved to taylor mich. I have dark hair and eyes very tall. My parents were very young possibly in their early teens when I was adopted. Im irish and italian. xxxxx please help me if you can. No judgment just love #14
Jamie - 1 month ago
I am searching for my Brother who was born Sunday October 26, 1969 at 12:20am he weighed 7 # 11oz and was born in Portland Oregon at a place called White Shield Home for Unwed Mother's, it was run by Nuns. My Brother was called Baby McGraw at the time of his Birth, he was born with lots of dark hair. My Mother gave Birth to my Brother when she was 15 years old and I have been told that he was adopted very quickly. I am looking for any information that could help me find my Brother. #15
Carol - 7 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! #16
Guest - 2 months ago
Hi I am looking for two of my children I gave up for adoption. ,their names are Skylene and troy Maldonado. Not sure if their last name are still the same. They were both born in las vegas,nv. Skylene DOB is April 7th of 2004 and troy March 27the of 2005, any help will be greatly appreciated #17
Alycia - 7 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 #18
Anna - 2 months ago
I am helping my mother find her brother George Perasso Jr. Date of Birth August 26, 1950 in San Francisco, California. Birth mother Viola Louise (Lough) Perasso, Father George Perasso Sr. Was placed for adoption at the age of 1 year of age. His age now would be 65 years old His name might have been changed and name unknown. Contact me here on Facebook. Family is looking for any information and possible contact. #19
Jaden - 2 months ago
I was adopted when i was 3. My mother now has no information about my birth certificate, ID, nor my social security card. I need help retrieving my stuff so i can work and get a state ID card here in texas. I was born in fayetteville northcarolina cumberlandcounty #20
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