First and foremost, this page is for reaching out to those special people willing to volunteer their time and effort towards helping other 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 the Volunteer Form below.
Everyone deserves to know where he or she came from. Knowledge of his or her beginning, his or her ancestors, and what nature has contributed to his or her very individuality handed down by generations of his or her birth family.
If you were adopted, chances are a large part of your past has remained a mystery all 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. For it is not a search for family, so much as 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 individuals willing to persevere all these challenges with patience and sensitivity.
It takes a special kind of person to be the advocate for tasks that our adoptees may be initially challenged with. While Search Angels was started as a solo effort, it has certainly become a team endeavor which now affords the dedication and hours to 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 have given up their free time helping uncover the truth. We do not claim to be the first or only Search Angels, but we are certainly dedicated in helping you find peace, support and hope along your path to finding your first-families roots.
Our genealogists - search angels
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 versed 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.
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!
Jeri Williams - is a talented genetic genealogist and dedicated individual with well over forty years of experience in the field. She was a pivotal participant in the founders' own search for birth family.
She has worked on numerous adoptee searches and been successful with identifying results that normally might confuse others; like half-cousins in the DNA results.
She has a critical eye for working with genealogical records and has had plenty of time logged off-line; well before the Internet digitized much of the information available today. Back then you had to write letters and visit cities where people once lived. She has gone to many courthouses, tromped through cemeteries and read countless history books in her search for family.
Mitzi has been interested in family research and genealogy from a very young age.
While not every search can be completed as fast, she found her husbands birthparents within days of getting his DNA test results. Her compassion toward others compels her to want to help them too, uncover the mystery of their first family.
She has a passion for investigative research and knows the importance of having sources to back up information uncovered. She has first hand experience working with Ancestry.com, FTDNA, and GedMatch.
Behind the scenes - search angels
Some of our search angels prefer to remain anonymous in their participation. However, I wanted to share the first names of them here to acknowledge their deep commitment and dedication to providing our behind the scenes volunteer work:
- Barbara, Kristin, Justin, Vicki, Dwight, Alana and Jill.