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 - 1 year 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
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. #4
Dede - 2 years ago
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I was born July 16, 1962, in Bexar County, Texas in the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. My birth mother ended up in a Catholic "unwed mother's" home. She was 21 at the time (born around 1941). I was transferred from the Catholic home to the LAST agency. I was adopted at 3 weeks old and had a happy childhood and have had a happy adult life.I've held on to a handwritten card for years that said my birth father spoke three or four languages and was in the Mexican National Army. He may have met my birth mother in college. It is my understanding that he never knew about me. Besides that, the card said my birth father was born in 1936, 6 feet tall, blue eyes, brown hair and in good health. I have some information on my mother's side, but no names on either side. I only know she had two sisters and a brother. My maternal grandfather was a mail carrier and my grandmother was a housewife. #5
Marisha - 2 weeks 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 #6
Luke - 2 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! #7
JosephDavid Anderson - 1 year 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 #8
Johanna olson - 48 minutes ago
my name is Johanna Olson I am looking for Scottie Allen Olson who is my brother last time I seen him he was a baby he's now in his thirties his mom is Maryanne Olsen he was married to our dad Allen Olson my dad and her got divorced she ended up dying while she went from California to Colorado and took my little brother with her my dad lost the battle so that we haven't both seen him since he was a baby now I'm wondering where his whereabouts are and his mother died #9
Brooke - 2 days 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. #10
carol - 3 weeks ago
I am looking for my grandmother Jennie Kanaszyc. She gave birth to my mother in April ,1933 from Chicago, Illinois . My mom was adopted shortly after her birth. I am trying to find out if Jennie had any brothers or sisters living or if my mom had any brothers and sisters. If anyone can help me or tell me where to start to find her family, I would appreciate it. I know there are some Kanaszyc in Chicago area I have found that much out but where do I go from here. thank you for your help.Carol #11
Charlene - 4 weeks ago
I have been united with a first cousin through DNA. He was adopted in 1951 from Fellows in New York. He has tried to gain information with no luck. Does anyone have idea's on how I can get more information through the New York agency. Thank you. #12
Ronnie - 1 month ago
I am searching for any birth relatives. I was born January 10, 1961 in San Francisco at the University of California Hospitals. Dr. name was Ellis D. Sox. I was considered a ward of the state and was adopted at 3 weeks old to the Philo's in Concord, California. If anyone can help me I would be very grateful. I do not have any info on my birth parent(s). #13
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 #14
Kim - 1 month ago
My husband was born Oct 14 1979 in Ossining Ny. He was placed for adoption. We have very little info/we do have non identifying info on biological parents/ we also know his birth name was Daniel Bauers or Bowers. Husbands name was changed to his present name when he was adopted at 3 years old. Any helpor direction anyone can give would be greatly appreciated!! #15
Molly - 1 month ago
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I am looking for a niece whom was put up for adoption in New Orleans, La in 1960. My sister her mother was 17 and was forced by our Mom to put up child for adoption. She was in the Methodist Home for unwed mothers. Born in 2/1960. Our family is all deceased except me and I would like to know she is ok. #16
Guest - 1 month 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
Rick - 1 month ago
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I was born in October of 1968 in Park Rapids, MN. From what info I have, my biological mother was 25 and biological father was 35. He was married and a mechanic while my mother was a waitress. I've known I was adopted all my life and have always wanted to fill that missing gap of who am I? I just heard of this site and would appreciate any info anyone finds. Thank you. #18
Harriet - 1 month ago
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Looking for birth mother/father. Girl born March 25, 1965 in Gainesville, Florida and was adopted through the Hampton Hall Maternity Group Home/The Marie Taylor Home/ Southern Rescue Mission. I have little to no information and looking for help on where to even start. #19
Sharon - 1 month ago
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I am looking for birth relatives on my mothers side. We have very little info to go and and need help. I have tried to look for years and years. Dont know how or where to look now. She was born in RI in 1955. Or so her birth certificate says. Her mothers name is supposedly Shirley Bingham. Please help point me in the right direction. We need health history. I have tried contacting the hospital on her birth certificate. But I recieved a letter stating the hospital I listed never existed. #20
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