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 - 3 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 - 3 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
Vicki - 9 hours ago
White female, looking for birth parents or siblings. Born at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX in December, 1954. Records were locked up tight back then and I've been told of a massive fire that destroyed all hospital records back in the late 1950's. My adoptive parents were very loving and gave me a sense of "who I am" so that's not my motivation. As I get older I have more questions about medical history and would like to share that info with my kids and grandkids. Suggestions where I could look? #7
Brian E Miller - 23 hours ago
I have been searching for my birth parents, and siblings, if I have any, for over 20 plus years. I was born in Richmond VA on July 17, 1969. My birth mother loved me enough to provide me a name which is different from my current name, and gave me the ability to be raised by a very loving family. I personally thank her for the life she has given me. I was given a name at birth of Steven Gardner Elliot. I was diagnosed with Diabetes on my second birthday and later found out my birth mother’s mother also had diabetes. All I know about my birth mother is she was an airline stewardess, I think I was told the father went to Virginia Tech but this is unconfirmed, and her mother lived in Lynchburg VA. I was adopted in Martinsville VA which was finalized in 1970. I would love to meet my birth mom, dad, and siblings if I have any. I have no hard feelings just appreciation for a mother that held me in her womb and cared enough to give me a chance in life. Let’s connect. #8
Dave - 5 days ago
Hello, I was born in 1964 in Santa Monica California. Six weeks after birth I was adopted. I know very little about my birth parents, all i know is they were 18 or 19 years old. The adoption agency I was adopted at was City of Angels, a Catholic agency. I don't know where to start, how to go about looking, or if I have brothers or sisters. I anyone can offer any advice or help it would be appreciated. I live in Nor Cal now and would like more info on my birth parents. I don't have any names or where they could be living. Thanks for any help and advice. #9
Kelly - 4 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. #10
Guest - 1 year 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 #11
Brenda - 2 days ago
I am looking for my birth mother. I was born 7/12/66 in Des Moines, IA. I was placed with Lutheran Social Services in Des Moines. She may have been 16 at the time. She is the 3rd. oldest of 12 children. She had pneumonia as an infant and bouts of tonsillitis. She has red hair and blue eyes. #12
Jerry - 4 days ago
I am looking for two siblings who were given up for adoption. Both were born at St. Mary's Hospital, Dane County, Madison, Wisconsin. A baby boy was born on August 14, 1956. A girl, named Sally Jean Crotsenberg was born December 28, 1959. Birth mother was Loraine Dvorak Crotsenberg. My mother had a total of 8 children: 2 were adopted, 3 have passed away and 3 live (all in Wisconsin). I would love to find any information on my 2 adopted siblings. #13
Ray - 5 days ago
I am the daughter of an adoptee. My dad was adopted from the Buffalo General Hospital in 1965. He and I are looking to find his birth parents. He was born on February 19, 1965. He was a part of a completely private adoption conducted through a family doctor and lawyer. We have no idea where to start and would love some guidance! #14
Rose Reeder - 1 week ago
I am looking for my nephew and niece giving up for adoption in Ephrata WA in about 1981 Paul Spicer was born October 5th 1977 Jennifer January 30/31 1979 both born in Moses lake I am thinking Mabie they changed there names there father Rudy Spicer has pasted but my sister is still alive has never been the same. I hope they were adopted together and know about each other. I swore I would try to find them, and have posted pictures of them. Please help me with some advise. #15
Lucy Archibeque - 3 years ago
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Hi I am searching for my birth parents George and Cordelia Stivers. I was born on November 24,1973. At City Hospital St. Louis Mo. I also have a sister named Norma Stivers at birth, and 3 younger brothers who were adopted in the Chicago Il area. I was adopted to Audrey and Edward Eckman on April 1.1981 in St. Louis MO. I would like to find them. You can find me on Facebook. please and thank you #16
Fran - 2 weeks ago
I'm looking for an Angel who knows their way around the 23andme and Ancestry sites, and how to make sense of the matches with likely relatives. I was adopted, know a good amount about my birth mother's information, but nothing about birth father. Without his surname, I don't understand how to follow up with likely relatives listed in the two websites. Help would be much appreciated! #17
Carol - 3 weeks ago
I am looking for a brother who was adopted from my mother, Marian Elizabeth Baker. I dont know the exact year of his birth. I'm guessing between 1xxxxx. He would have been born in or around Salem, New Jersey. I would appreciate any help that you can give me. #18
Regina - 3 weeks ago
Looking for birth mother..i was born 2/221961 mt vernon hospital mt vernon birth have non identifying info..she was 23 5'1 118lbs had a slash of freckles on from alabama she was 5th child of 12 other birth before me no record of what happened to that child...gather was from n.c.and a lab tech.. #19
Emma - 3 weeks ago
I am a mom that gave up my son due to his medical problems i need to find him due to my familys medical health and he has other siblings . His name is Steven Rodney James Mudie he was born in canada ontario August the 7 1995 . I have tryed to find him through other sites but no luck please help me find my son i dont no if hes dead or alive #20

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