volunteer genealogists

First and foremost, this page is for reaching out to those special people willing to volunteer their time and effort towards our community service for adoptees on their search for birth family. If you would like to volunteer and have a knack at genealogy, as well as, have a few hours every other week to devote to this cause, please fill out our Volunteer Form below.

Search Angels is a nonprofit community service where a single volunteer can have a lasting effect on hundreds of adoptees during their service to our nonprofit. It is our belief that everyone deserves to know where they came from. Knowledge of their beginning, their ancestors, and what nature has contributed to their individuality handed down by generations of their biological family.

If you were adopted, or any other scenario where you were separated from your birth family in the past, chances are a large parts of your family history has remained a mystery all or most of your life. At some point or another, we all want to know what exactly makes us who we are. We may have been raised in an adoptive family who we feel gave us the nurturing we needed to thrive in this world. Yet, there is a part that all adoptees feel is still missing.

It is at these times, driven by a need to know about our medical background, the nature of our birth family, or some other deeply seeded need, we must seek out and find our birth family and learn as much as possible. Our nonprofit volunteers have discovered over the experiences of hundreds of adoptees that this search is not just a search for family, so much as it is a search for ourselves.

Finding one’s birth family is not always easy. While the miracle of DNA testing might help us to locate cousins amongst the masses, using genetic genealogy, traditional search or other search methods, still requires dedicated volunteers willing to persevere past all these challenges with patience and sensitivity.

It takes a special kind of volunteer to be the advocate for tasks that our adoptees may be initially challenged without the assistance of our nonprofit. While Search Angels was started as a solo effort, it has certainly become a much larger community service which now affords the dedication and long hours assisting adoptees with their search for biological family.

There are literally thousands of people in every State that could be coined, Search Angels. Be they professional genealogists, genetic genealogists, cousins, or simply... friends and adopted family members who volunteer everyday helping uncover the truth. We do not claim to be the first or only Search Angels, but we certainly have evolved into a strong community service and nonprofit that is committed to our goal. Our mission has become a well balanced advocacy, dedicated to giving adoptees the peace, support and hope necessary to take on this journey together.

Our volunteer genealogists - search angels

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Joel Chambers - founder of searchangels.com (.org & .net), I do my best to assist others on their genealogy efforts online. Use our contact page to reach out to us here. Note that our efforts are focused on the theme of this website; searching for adoptees and biological related family. We are well acquainted in using Ancestry.com to perform online tree building substantiated with good documentation.

I personally have extensive experience working with DNA results from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA. I am also familiar with using Gedmatch.com. I am an adoptee who found all his biological family over the course of a year using many resources.


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Suzanne Hall - has helped individuals who were not raised by their biological parents, locate them through DNA testing and genealogy. She is a happily married mother of two boys. She spends a lot of her time lately helping others find their first families.

Tragically, she lost her own father at a young age and knows full well the pain of growing up with a missing parent. She is very comfortable in research and enjoys getting involved in very detailed work, like looking for patterns and clues. Research work is her forte and she loves a good challenge, especially when it involves helping others!


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Greg McCammon - has had a passion in genealogy dating to his early childhood. Over the years, he has turned that passion into a true desire to help individuals locate biological family members from whom they have become separated. He has an excellent understanding of DNA testing results and genealogy. He finds some of his greatest joy in life helping others find their long lost family members.

He loves a good challenge and is very detail driven, leaving no stone unturned.  He has found that paying attention to small details sometimes is the key to discovering the identities of those long lost family members. He has extensive first hand experience in DNA results and Ancestry.com.


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David Neal  - Answers to the questions of family and origin is one of the most essential human desires. David has found that helping an adoptee search for their birth family is an unique opportunity to have a profound impact on another person's life. Assisting with the search is an endeavor to which he brings compassion and dedication. And he takes great pride, satisfaction, and pleasure in a successful result.

David is a software engineer by vocation and a genetic genealogist by avocation. For an adoptee search he combines genealogical problem solving skills and computer expertise together with a perseverance to solve a mystery. He has significant experience with online family tree generation and in using AncestryDNA to guide in the locating of birth relatives. He is also very knowledgable of FamilyTreeDNA and Gedcom.


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Cheryl Luecke - a professional genealogist for over thirty-five years finding descendants, locating missing heirs, missing people and adoptees for attorneys and probate research firms primarily in Eastern PA. Authored Philadelphia primer for researchers and published five family genealogies field research for Ancestry.com.

Recently an unknown adoptee approached a member of their family explaining she had been looking for over forty-years for this individual. She was so affected by this tragic story she decided immediately to come out of retirement to help others in finding their birth families. We applaud her philanthropy and generosity with her skills to be counted amongst our volunteers as another search angel.


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Lisa Connelly Freeman - is a married stay-at-home mother, of 2 children. She became interested in DNA and genealogy, about 5 years ago, after her middle son passed away, at age 5. She has lived in New York, Florida, and currently, the DC metro area. She enjoys spending her time working on family trees, archiving cemeteries, traveling the world, and playing with the culinary arts. Lisa has a bachelors and masters degree in Special Education, with an emphasis on autism and mathematics. She has taught secondary mathematics for 8 years. Lisa loves looking for patterns and mathematical connections, when working on DNA, and family trees. Lisa has the most experience with Ancestry.com, but also has some experience with FamilySearch, FamilyTreeDNA, and GEDMatch.


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Heather Martin is a successful researcher/skip tracer in her professional life. Her interest in Genealogy started when she started searching for her husband’s biological father who had been missing for 40 years. While doing that search she also discovered her own roots dating back to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. After finding her father in law she then went on to complete her friend’s family tree’s. Genealogy is a passion for her and now she spends a few hours a day researching everything she can. Familiar with Ancestry, Gedmatch, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage DNA as well as being known for someone who “can find anything or anyone” she is always eager to help and doesn’t give up. Heather lives in South Eastern Ontario Canada and can travel around the province to research whatever is needed.


Behind the scenes - volunteer search angels

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Some of our search angels prefer to remain anonymous in their participation in our community service. However, we feel compelled to at least share their first names here to acknowledge their deep commitment and dedication to providing our behind the scenes volunteer community service towards our nonprofit:

  • Adrienne, Barbara, ChristinaDwight, Heather W., JasnaJennifer, Jessica, Jill, Justin, MaryMitziPenniSusan and Tamera.