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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 weeks 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
Pamela - 2 months ago
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I am an adoptee as well as a birth mother. I am searching for any blood family. I was born May 28,1967 in Chicago Illinois. My birth mother was from Germany, and I have no information on my birth father. I was born in Cook County at Illinois Masonic Hospital. The doctor who delivered me was named Dr. Lothar Hussman who had his practice in Palatine Il. He was my birth mothers doctor as well as my adopted mothers doctor. He as well is of german ascent. I know only that my birth parents were catholic and somewhat young. Immediately following my birth my birthmother returned to Germany. This was a private adoption set up by my mothers doctor, and lawyers. I was adopted by a couple in Barrington Il. I feel as if im searching for a needle in a haystack, as this was a private adoption and most likely an international adoption as well. So if anyone recognizes my birthdate, May 28, 1967 please any info would be appreciated. #2
kati masse - 6 months ago
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Hi, i have been searching for my cousin for years, she was adopted june 28 1996, to a couple in bountiful utah was believed the adoptive father was a bountiful police officer at the time of adoption. Her birth name is crystal renee christensen born july 5th 1987 to rodney christensen and joanna oliver groms. If anyone knows anything. I just want hug her again or kbow ahe has had a good life! We were connected at the hip, did everything together. She also has 2 little sisters that want to be reunited #3
Lorna Hernon - 7 months ago
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I am searching for my father, his name is David Marcelli. My mothers name was Susan Ann Mc Connell then she got married and became Kelly. I found out she died a year ago.I was born at St. Mary's Help hospital in San Francisco on December 28, 1973 born with the name Noelle Marie Mc Connell. I just lost my adopted father this passed year, I have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. I just want to meet him or any family if they want to meet me. I am trying to find the last missing piece to my life. Please help me on my journey. Thank you so much #4
hannah - 3 months 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 #5
Therese - 4 months ago
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I am the birth aunt looking for my niece. Her birthday is August 19, 1982 and was born at Gladney in Texas, possibly Duncan Hospital is on the birth certificate. It would be a joy to meet you. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I have so much to share with you. #6
Barbara - 4 months ago
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I was born a twin 7/20/1963 in St. Vincent's Hospital--Philadelphia, my twin was stillborn. My birth name was Janice Elaine Young. I am looking for my birth mother, Barbara Young (DOB 10/12/1941??). Looking for medical history due to my progressive, degenerative eye disease. #7
Drew Brister Farr - 10 months ago
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Still searching for my brother. He was born in 1945 in Le Compte LA., then taken to Methodist Chil dren's Home in New Orleans, LA. He stayed in the home until he was around 11 months old, when he was adopted out of state. Our mother was 15 and our father was 18 and had just been drafted. After the war, they married and went on to have 6 more children. We recently lost our mother and this is when we found out we have an older brother. My father is asking to find him. Please someone help us! #8
amanda - 7 days ago
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please im despaerate its been over 14 years since ive seen my sister her name is sara she got adopted when she was 4 im desperatly in need of help finding she will be turning 18 on august 9th 2014 please help me find her. #9
tonya rasar - 6 months ago
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Hi,im trying to help my daughter in-law find her brother that was adopted,actually her mother is also trying to reunite with him,this is all the information we have.His name at birth was Jason Edward Delagarza he was born on Jan7th,1975 at Brokaw hospital either in Bloomington or Normal IL.Hoping to find him soon.Thanks #10
Kimberly Parker - 6 months ago
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I am searching for my daughter, Born Oct,31.1981 at John Peter smith hospital fort worth, Texas , through Edna Gladney adoption home. I would love help from a search angel, I am listed on Edna Gladney reg..I have a medical condition that she also may need to know about that is inherited.. #11
Jeanne Willis - 3 weeks ago
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Please Help! Iam looking for my birth mother i was born on October 9th 1989 in Greenville SouthCarolina. She kept me for 9 days then proceded with the adoption. I have no idea were to start #12
Meg - 3 weeks ago
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Searching for a sister, born January 20th, 1975 at St Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Adopted name Marcia Lynn Braun. Her adopted parents were said to be in media (father) and a special needs teacher (mother). #13
Angelia Eller - 6 months ago
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Please help me. I'm desperately searching for my father, David Cox. My biological mother's name is April; I don't know her maiden name. I have reason to believe David lives in/around Lampasas, Texas and is a Diesel Mechanic. I haven't been able to find him but I really need this. I really need to find him. I was born in 1996 in Texas. Please help me find David. #14
vicki - 1 month ago
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i have been searching for my son for 14 yr would love to find him someday he was born in Council Bluff Iowa on Nov 16th 1981 #15
marie - 1 month ago
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i am trying to find my birth children. they are christina rae born august 23 in michigan city, in and richard james born july6 in michigan city, in. i just want you to know i love you and miss you every day.love birth mom marie #16
andrea - 1 year ago
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i am looking for my birth mother. her name is sheryl lynn benton. last i knew she was in dothan alabama. i was born march 23, 1976. my birthname was tonya if anyone in that area knows of her please let me know. my email is xxxx she was also believed to be with a man named george miller . i need to find her!!! #17
Christy - 2 months ago
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Searching for Twin Boys born 1/10/93 in Miami FL at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Attorney Mary Ann Scherer facilitated the adoption. Birth Mother last name Baker, Birth Father last name Amell. #18
Jalena - 3 months ago
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I'm loooking for my 4 older siblings. We were born in Colorado if someone could email me at xxxx I can provide the info I have. Thanks #19
Kelly - 8 months 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. #20
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