spring 2017 reunion
Joel, I really can't thank you enough. As soon as my mother received my letter she responded immediately. We have been enjoying sharing pictures and getting to know each other and are planning to meet in person in the near future. I slept so soundly the night I received her reply and learned how happy she was to be found. All is right with the world.
I wanted to take a moment to thank Joel for all of his efforts with helping me locate my birth mother. Through AncestryDNA and 23andMe I was able to locate a first cousin on my father’s side and I was able to reunite with him. The search for my mother, however, was not nearly as easy. Without knowing her maiden name I did not even know where to begin to piece together the distant relatives that were identified through DNA testing. The state that I was born in does not allow access to original birth certificates, and my non-identifying information from the state is just that, non-identifying (and I’ve since come to learn it was also inaccurate). Joel took a completely different approach than any that I’d used in all my years of searching. He was able to build out my family tree and narrow down her possible maiden names. Ultimately we did learn her maiden name and I was able to locate her. She is thrilled that I found her. We are in touch daily and making plans to meet in person. I learned that I have a half sister and brother, and my sister had also been looking for me! I am so glad that I didn’t give up the search after hitting so many brick walls. Joel, I can’t thank you enough for all of your time and effort spent helping me.
A common name with uncommon results
I had begun my search for my birth parents nearly 25 yrs ago but beyond sending in a release form was not able to make any progress. In 2010 I began a more diligent search by actually hiring an individual to help. That search yielded a successful reunion with my birth father in 2011. However, because of the commonness of my birth mom’s name that investigator didn’t even attempt it. I tried on my own to find her since then but other than finding her picture in a high school year book I couldn’t find anything, or went down wrong trails. When my daughter had an Ancestry DNA test my desire was peaked. I tried checking with an organization that did searches but they wanted $900 to find her and I wasn’t ready to pay that.
I contacted Search Angels and within 3 days of receiving my information Joel had found my birth mother. It took several more days to ensure all the links were there. We had non-identifying information I could compare against the other relatives and everything matched. In another week we were confident we had found her and her brother. Unfortunately, my birth mom died over 40 yrs ago but I did have a successful reunion with her brother.
An unanticipated benefit Joel provided was a family tree for both my birth parents that goes back 250 yrs. I was blown away. I couldn’t believe how fast Joel was finding connections. My prior searcher in 2011 left me high and dry and just abandoned contact, but Joel was there every step of the way, answered my questions and did all the heavy lifting in the background. He and his colleagues are phenomenal. I couldn’t be happier with the results from Joel and his team.
Traditional Genealogy takes a turn
Robert had performed a DNA test, but was unable to substantiate his paternal side of his search for his father's family. His father had circulated a story about where he came from before he married. However, none of his children knew exactly where he started. When we reached out to Robert we fully expected to find his father's family with parents that would align with his own. Instead we found a father who had changed his name from those of his first family. It is still a mystery as to why the father hid this family from everyone his whole life, but at long last the truth appears to been substantiated by many other genetically related cousins; fifty plus at last count.
Thank you so much Joel, now I have something I can pass on to my children, grand children and great-grand children.
Robert C. H.
Search for family concludes
Robert had performed several DNA tests, but was not sure how to capitalize on the results. We provided him with a better understanding of expectations and tips on how to go about his search on a step-by-step basis, specific to the type of DNA tests taken.
I wanted to take a moment to thank Joel for his assistance. With your guidance and reinforcement of the direction of my investigation, which eventually led me to deduce the name of my birth father along with numerous half siblings. Approximately one month after this discovery I received the results of two of my three DNA tests I submitted. This second test verified who my birth father was as well as one of my half sisters.
Thank you again for taking the time to help!
adoptee finds father
Teresa had found her birth mother. However, the birth father's name was not coming up with any hits at the traditional search level. We turned to DNA testing to try and isolate which birth family she might come from. Her results came in with a very close hint. That individual only had two people on their family tree, but it was enough to unravel the mystery.
Search Angels are amazing. I was interviewing a lady for a job that had thought that her mother was dead and she somehow found Search Angels and they located her mother that was very much alive. It took me a few weeks after I interviewed her to make a move. It stayed on my mind the entire time so I finally decided "What could it hurt"? After all I had been looking for my biological father for years. Twenty nine years to be exact, so why not? I had even contacted The Locator but they never contacted me back. I was desperate. So I got in touch with Search Angels and they told me that they usually want you to get your DNA tested to make sure that you are serious about this.
The first time I contacted Search Angels on May 25, 2016. and I didn't make another move until Sept. 15, 2016. As you can see I waited again. I didn't want to be let down again with no results besides "what could they do that I couldn't do"? So I received my results on Oct. 23, 2016 and the first thing I did was email Joel with Search Angels. I gave full access to Joel and he called me and said that this was the 2nd time that this has happened to get DNA results and to have relatives this close. He stated that this process shouldn't take long. So I didn't just sit there and wait I took the names that I had and started looking too. So the next time I looked at my DNA results (which was every few seconds) I had names in place. So I decided to go to bed and try not to be so anxious (with no luck). The next morning I got up and had even more names I was so gitty inside that I couldn't stop. By Monday evening I had an entire family tree and started talking to my biological fathers family. By Tuesday evening I had a whole new family, cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. It was the craziest thing that has ever happened and even though I am still very nervous and anxious but so amazed that it only took Joel three days to find what I have been looking for 29 years. So because of me finding my family one of my 'new' family members is looking for his brother So I will always be grateful for the help and will recommend Search Angels to everyone that has a lost or missing family member. Thank you Search Angels and a special thank you to Joel you are the greatest. I never could have found my other family without you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Sincerely, Teresa Stricklen
Birth family found
Joe had non-identifying information regarding his birth family through a request for medical background information. He was fortunate enough to have close relatives in his DNA test results, but all these individuals were first generation Italian immigrants. The genealogy required a lot of communication to earn the trust of his close cousins regarding private family tree information.
I just want to say thank you to search angels and Joel Chambers in particular for helping me discover my biological family. I can honestly say that without your help and expertise I don't think I would have gained all the knowledge and made all the connections of my families past.
Not only do I now have peace of mind knowing where I came from but I have also discovered a brother and sister I never knew I had that I look forward to contacting. Thank you again for helping track down my roots.
Search for birth mother concluded
April had a lot of non-identifying information regarding her birth parents. Fortunately for her many records helped to establish a unique pattern that gave rise to a clear genealogical path.
Joel found my birth mother within a couple days. I have been in contact and could not have hoped for a better outcome they have welcomed me into the family.
Mother Finds Son after decades appart
Susan had patiently worked with us on a traditional search for a little over a year. We finally recommended her to an affiliate of ours at Kinsolving Investigators, where they were able to resolve the case.
I’m numb happy, at peace and overwhelmed by relatives support pouring in. Everyone has been expressing their support and sorrow over the secrecy I held inside me for many years. Despite the decades of missed years, my only regret was for how long it took to find my son. It was a journey with much support, encouragement and advise from search angels.
Adoptee finds birth parents
Kay had her non-identifying papers from her adoption agency in California. She was born in the early 60s. We were able to find her birth mother's maiden name from the CABI microfiche. Her DNA results proved to be very helpful; but also her non-ID information provided the ages of all her parents, grandparents and siblings at the time of her birth. Her combination of information made the search go unusually quick.
I reached out to search angels to help me find my birth family. After hearing stories about the pain birth parents have felt after relinquishment of their children, I felt it only responsible to reach out to them to say I turned out okay.
My DNA results came in and I was overwhelmed by the knowledge of a first cousin in my results. Joel was able to locate my birth family on my maternal side the same evening the DNA results came in. Two weeks later I had sent a letter to my birth mother and made phone contact.
Unfortunately my birth father had died in his early forties with brain cancer. It was thought it was a direct consequence of his use of agent orange during his time serving in the Air Force during Vietnam.
It must have just been meant to be, finding them both. However, I do owe search angels for their direct assistance that helped me find my birth family and suggestions on just how to try and make successful contact.
DNA testing, Traditional search and legal wins
James patiently waiting as we worked with his DNA results to try and narrow in on his birth family. It became difficult to resolve as he had cousins who married other cousins in the distant past; which has an adverse affect of making DNA cousin matches appear much closer than they really are. Just when things were starting to look bleak James won in the courts where he was requesting the names of his birth parents through the legal options available in his state of birth.
Search angels worked diligently on my case for many months. My tree was particularly challenging because cousins had married cousins in the distant past and made it quite difficult to isolate where I could fall under.
Meanwhile I worked through the legal channels and was finally able to attain the names of both my birth parents. The problem was, finding them was not going to be easy.
Search angels worked with the names I attained and followed a paper trail to locate my birth family and relatives. With this knowledge I was able to find living relatives and expand the genealogy of my family tree.
Their dedication is much appreciated.
A search to find my roots
David’s search was based on a need to know answers about his actual birth family roots. He had taken a DNA test but was challenged with taking his search further than that. Especially since he did not seem interested in making contact. So discretion took precedence over revealing himself to those who were directly related to him.
Search angels helped me find both my birth parents. While I have always wanted to know, the limit of my search was just to have the peace of mind to know where my roots began. I never reached out to my birth family, but now know a whole lot more about where I came from and what my relatives are like. This goes well beyond words and praise of the assistance I received. I can only imagine the hundreds of hours it took to build out my genealogy based on DNA test results.