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 - 7 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
Liz - 4 days 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. #3
Ramon - 2 weeks 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 #4
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. #5
Cayci - 2 weeks ago
Hello, I am the daughter of an adoptee. Unfortunately my mother passed away in May of 2013 and this is why I am so curious as to who my actual grandparents are. When she was alive she wanted to find her birth parents but never went through with it. So, in a way I'm trying to do this more so for her. My mother was born on 08/18/1967 in Tennessee. I'm not positive on all of the adoption information but I know we lived and Knoxville and her adoptive mother was from Sweet Water. I'm just very confused on what to do or where to start. I know it may be far fetched but I'm just hoping to find them some how. Her adopted name was Kristi Anne Bolt, and my Name Is Cayci Cristyna Vandergriff. If anyone has any suggestions PLEASE try and help me out. Anything is appreciated. Thank you! #6
errin - 2 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
Emme - 3 months ago
Hi my husbands birth name is Jesus Ricardo Contreras. His biological mother's name was Carolyn Contreras, but her last name has changed to Rivera due to being married. Jesus was born in Baptist Medical Center on November 25, 1993 in Bexar County San Antonio, Texas. We are trying to find my husband's biological father who's name is Manuel. We do not know the last name of his father. His mother claims that she doesn't know either. We have a picture here that his mother posted she was asking if anyone knows him. He has similar features as my husband so we were thinking that it might be him, but his mother says it's not. She refuses to talk about the birth father so we're not quite sure. My husband was put in foster care when he was 9-10. His mother lost custody. (We do not need to find her because we've already met her, just his FATHER) If anyone can help us thanks! #8
Ashley - 3 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. #9
Guest - 1 day 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 #10
michelle - 4 months ago
I'm an adoptee looking for birth parents mother born in Utah 01/1954 lived in losangelas ca on skid row from 1970 thru I was born at queen of angels medical center with supposed birth name of tawynee Madonna Ricks I was adopted with a kisa starla Ricks natural birth sister we have 2 sisters one that has passed in 1995 our birth father is from Arkansas born in 07/ 1937 he did a 6 yr sentence in Soledad prison in California around month 8-10/1983 I am very adiment in finding something I have little to no birth records as I was entered into foster car may 5 of 1982 to a woman in paloma ca I've got much helpful I formation but I am not sure how much is reliable she would have had a limp walk bc of left leg being longer then other behavior issues like bipolar etc and a opiate iv injection drug problem she too has arrest records there is another child would have been born in 6or7/1983 possibly was adopted as well later on siblings names are Patricia 11/74 and Michele 1/1977 #11
Anna - 6 days 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. #12
Carol - 5 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! #13
Jaden - 2 weeks 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 #14
Alycia - 6 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 #15
Myra Lopez - 4 weeks ago
im looking for for my sisters son who was separated from her by a court order his name is/was eric rymundo mervado he was born in la mesa california may 1 1996 me and all my family members are seek for a oportunity to find him and finaly get to meet him as well as his mother who has not seen him for over more then 18 years if there is any way you can help me please let me know i have more info if needed o live in san bernardino ca #16
laraine - 1 month ago
I am looking for my BF. I know of my BM she is deceased. I know I have an older sister and a younger sister. I have birth dates and names for all of us. My birthdate is Sept 15 1964. Could anyone please help me to find my BF. My BM birth date March 12 1942. #17
Kitty - 6 months ago
Hello, I am looking for my Biological Father, first name Johnny. I was born September 11 1967 in Terre Haute Indiana. Vigo County. Info given to me about Johnny is that he was in the service at a young age and came home and lived with his mother, father and younger sister. He also had a broken arm or wrist in Dec. of 1966 or beginning of 1967. I have never met my Biological Father and although I have had an amazing father that raised me with love I have always longed to find my family that I have never known .Any help is greatly appreciated. God BLESS #18
Ana Ramirez - 6 months ago
Need Help Too!! I was adopted from Ensenada, Mexico in 1973 from family by the name of Estanislao Iglesias Caro. I have found him, and we took our DNA test however found that we are not related. My birth mothers name is Maria Del Carmen Morales Munoz, she was born in Otatitlan, Veracruz, and her parents were Francisco Morales , and Amada Munoz. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it. The word is that I possibly have siblings, but I know nothing about whether that is true or hearsay. Please Help!! #19
Guest - 2 months ago
I am looking for my grandson; His Father was James(Toby) Harold Walker and Margaret Juanita Maderes(sp). His name was Cyle Ray Walker born August 24, 1997/1998 in Georgia. He was in foster care and was adopted after 2011 in Georgia. His sister is Amethyst Rene Walker also adopted at the same time, her birthday is February 1, 2001, I would like to find her too. #20
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