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 - 3 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
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. #3
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. #4
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 #5
hannah - 3 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 #6
Mary - 21 hours ago
Im adopted,born 12/3/60, in herman keifer hospital in wayne county,detroit mich. Bio mom 21,bio dad 22. Mom was italian and mexican. She was roman catholic,56,125 lbs,broen hair and eyes. She had 2 daughters before me. She had 11yr old sister. Bio dad was cherokee and irish.5'9,138lbs. He had 28yr old sister died of pneumonia. He was shortorder cook,truckloader,dockhand. He had green eyes,blondish brown hair. Both born in michigan. They were not married. They named me christina. I have been looking for you too long. Please mom,dad,sisters, if youre out there,please contact me. Theres no judgment . Just love #7
LeeAnne - 1 week ago
I am replying to SANDY who posted the message below: I just googled the names u put in and there is some info that might help you :) I was born on November 19, 1963 in Las Vegas, NV, Clark County, at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. My adoptive parents picked me up at the hospital on November 22nd, the same day as the assassination of President Kennedy. The only piece of information I have is that my birth parents last name was Runge. I have been told they were Catholic and that I came from a large family with many brothers and sisters. I know my biological parents were friends with Sherman and Noreen Gonce of Las Vegas, and they are who arranged the adoption between my biological and adoptive parents. I am trying to find any information I can on my birth family. #8
Sandy - 2 weeks ago
I was born on November 19, 1963 in Las Vegas, NV, Clark County, at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. My adoptive parents picked me up at the hospital on November 22nd, the same day as the assassination of President Kennedy. The only piece of information I have is that my birth parents last name was Runge. I have been told they were Catholic and that I came from a large family with many brothers and sisters. I know my biological parents were friends with Sherman and Noreen Gonce of Las Vegas, and they are who arranged the adoption between my biological and adoptive parents. I am trying to find any information I can on my birth family. #9
Karin - 2 weeks ago
I am an adoptee, born December 24, 1961 in Utica, NY. My birth mother might have possibly stayed at the Swancott Home in Utica New York before my birth. I believe she was about 17 and was my birth father. I have had my DNA done both with FTDNA and Ancestry. I have lots of 4th cousins but can not fit the pieces together. There were so many children born to couples in the 1800's so its difficult to pin point great grandparents and grandparents and anyone alive is labeld as private. I had a wonderful lady help me and thought we found birth mother but her brother varrified that she was not gone that Christmas or pregnant. This wonderful genaologist has also been ill quite a bit.I just don't want to bother her anymore but I do need help. I'm exhausted after this years search. #10
Doug - 2 weeks ago
Hi,I was adopted in California in1967. I do know my birth name was Vincent Dennis Hill. I lived in California my whole life untill I moved to Arizona in December of 2016. I sent away to the county I was born in which is Los Angeles county. I got back some interesting information, my mother was young and babysat for a family. My mother ended up getting pregnant by the father of the kids she was babysitting. It was really looked down upon of in those days. My grandmother brought my mother here to Arizona and stayed in a hotel so no one in California would know my mother was pregnant,she had the baby and put it up for adoption here in Arizona. My mother and grandmother then returned to California. My mother ended up getting pregnant by the same man again. My grandparents were not happy and put my mother in a home for unwed mothers. I am the baby my mother was pregnant with. I was born and put up for adoption in Los Angeles.. I would love to find my mother and my sibling. #11
Kelly - 3 years 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. #12
David - 1 month ago
Searching for my birth father or any other of my father's children. He apparently was about 21 at the time of my birth in 1966. He lived in Norwalk, CT near the drive in movie area off route 1. My mother was a younger (16) blonde girl named Linda who also lived in the area near CT Ave off exit 14 area. His name may have been Tony Masi who was the uncle of a friend and was from Georgia. He also may have had a criminal record. Any information would be fantastic. I am having some medical issues and would like to learn his medical history for the sake of my children and of course myself. #13
Sharon - 1 month ago
I'm at a lost...I was adopted at birth 1/22/66 Jacksonville Florida to a military family...I've been searching for more than 20 yrs for any biological family..I know very little,in got my non identify info which tells me I was my father's only child and he was not married to my mom who had 2 daughters at the time of my did an ancestry DNA which just lead to cousins and even reaching out to numerous of them lead me no where.I just don't know what else I can do or look..any and all advice is very welcomed.. #14
Amber - 2 months ago
My sister Tracey and brother Brian found my Sister Betty and I. We are still on the search for our brother Jay Winkle. Last time I talked to him was letters through the mail. He was adopted I believe Sandy White and her husband. He then was sent to a group home called St. Cloud children's home, in Missouri. The last time I spoke to him through mail was just before he turn 18. He would be 29 now. Our parents were Rose and Rick Winkle. Our mom found us shortly after being found by my siblings. Jay Winkle if you are out there we have been looking and are still looking for you, we will never give up, you are the last piece missing from our puzzle!! #15
Nicole - 2 months ago
Hello, My name is Nicole. My husband, John, is searching for his sister’s son. The birth mother, his sister, Kathryn Suzanne, is deceased. The date of birth of the adoptee is January 13, 1964. The state of the adoption was Lackawanna, NY. The hospital of birth was Our Lady of Victory Infant Home The name given to the adoptee at the time of birth was James Michael The only documentation that was offered from Our Lady of Victory Chapel was a baptismal certificate dated January 19, 1964. It is believed that he was not adopted immediately due to a hernia condition that may have required medical attention. He was adopted on April 15, 1964. Please let me know if you feel that you might be able to help him. #16
Guest - 11 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 #17
Jessica - 2 months ago
Hi i been searching for my biological dad for years i dont know his name but his mothers name was juana colon i really want to find my dad i have 5 beautiful children and i need to know about my dad i dont know if is name was santiago colon or ruben santiago my bio mothers name was robin helene gamble she died on jan 30 thats basically all i know i have a twin named alexandrea guillot.i think one of my uncles name was angel cruz or angel colon i contacted him but he refused to give me any information i also have another uncle named renee colon i think and my aunt name was maria jimenez who was married to my uncle joe Jimenez and i have an aunt named peggy adams an uncle named robert adams a cousin named gregory adams.i dont know much about my bio family but i still contact my big brother daniel gomez and big sister helene gomez who doesnt have the same dad i do but we all have the same mom.please i need some help to find my real family i have a hole in my heart and i want it filled #18
Robin - 3 months ago
I wanted to say, hang in there! My birth mother tried to get me back, but she was just too poor at the time. She worked hard to better herself, everybody sacrificed -- a lot, but in the end, she was able to keep all her other kids, and she and I finally got a relationship, as well. I can honestly say I love her. It's amazing how much we have in common. (Please be aware, it will NOT be the same as a parent-child relationship, BUT if you can both respect the other, it can work out.) My birth mother has end stage breast cancer, which breaks my heart, but I am ridiculously grateful I got to know her. She's got a unique perspective on life. I spent my life hating my large-size head (I'm female!), but she says it had to be there to make more room for the bigger brain! LOL! I know it's hard, but hang in there. And respect each other where you each are in life, and be willing to work at a wonderful friendship. #19
Kara - 3 months ago
I'm searching for my birth father. I was born on June 4th, 1994 in Paterson, NJ. I do not have much information and his name is not on my birth certificate. I have a physical description of him and a first name...blonde hair, blue/green eyes, about 5'6. His first name is Craig and last name initial is O. He is possibly of German descent. He met my mother in college back in 1993 at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. I believe he would have graduated in either 1994 or 1995. It would be helpful to have someone look into the yearbooks for me so that I can start gathering a list of names/faces. It would mean the world to me and I do agree that everyone deserves to know who they are. This information has been hidden from me for much too long. #20

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