Sought & Found
We want to hear from you!!
Please let us know when you find your friend or loved one! Everyone likes to hear
about successful endings to other peoples searches. After all, they have been reading your
messages daily and have been wondering whatever happened to you! Besides, if you don't
tell us, your message will stay with us for a very long time! Unfortunately, most of the
time, the only time we hear from you again is when you try to answer someone else's
message and the e-mail address is bad!
We appreciate your telling us when you find your missing person so we
can remove your message, but we prefer to put stories in here from those who have said how
they found their missing person. Even if we didn't help you, your successful
reunions will help and encourage others. If you have a story you want included here,
just write to email@example.com and
tell us HOW you found them.
Here is what some of our viewers have said:
I found my late father's family! I was able to get his social security
card application which listed my grandparent's names and from that name I got all of the
addresses for that last name (her children) in NJ and sent them a
mass mailing. My aunt and grandmother both called me and were very happy to hear from me
after 30 years of wondering. Although I didn't find them here, your site certainly led me
to the right avenues to search.
Dawn M. Wessling
We have found the person in a strange way. While we were looking
for her, she had become curious about her father and had been going through channels and
had gotten his address off the Internet and had written to him. They are reunited and are
spending time getting aquainted with the rest of the famiy. Thanks for your consideration
Sincerely, Pat C.
Please note posting #37605 as a successful FOUND! I have been reunited
with my daughter, thanks to the use of your service. I cannot begin to express my
gratitude! AND I refer your service to all my friends looking for that special
someone! Thank You!
Please remove message #4290. The grandson of my half-sister contacted me
last Novemeber and we have been in touch ever since. Unfortunately both my half-sisters
have passed away. My contact was through Family Tree Maker's search page. Thank you for
Just wanted to let you know that you can remove my seeker messages. The
lost have been found. A friend of mine finally paid someone to find one of our missing
I found one of my school friends through a reunion board, which is a great way of finding
people, by the way. Both of the high schools I have attended have a reunion board as well
as an alumni board. The friends I were looking
for were not listed on the board, but another girl I knew was. I wrote to her, and she
just happened to be working with the mother of my best friend Kim. Through her, I am
now in touch with Kim. Unfortunately, one of my friends
died a few years back.
Thank you for posting my messages, even I did not find my friends through you.
Please delete message 23596 - person found through VA records.
I am 2/3 of the triad, an adoptee, as well as a birthmother. I started
searching for my birthmother about a year and a half ago - on the Internet. I
registered at a few registries and basically told my story on websites that had a message
board. Then, in August of 1997, I found out that the laws in Missouri had changed to
allow a search to be conducted by adoption agencies. I contacted the Children's Home
Society of Missouri, where I had been placed for adoption.
They put me in touch with a lady that did searches for them. I used my income tax refund
to do the search and I must say it was worth every penny!
My birthmother was found and, at her request, we began by corresponding by letters with
non-identifying information. This was a good way to begin our relationship by getting to
know one another a little better. After a few
months, all the information was released and the day I got it in the mail, I called my
birthmother. She was delighted, as was I. In November, I flew to St. Louis, where she
lives and where I was raised, and we met. It was not a teary-eyed reunion, as we are not
super emotional people, but we spent an entire day together and it was one of the most
incredible days of my life. Joan is an incredible lady and we have SO much in common.
Since my adoptive mother passed away when I was very small, I missed out on having a
'mother' and now I do. I even call her 'mom' occasionally. The unique relationship and
friendship we have is a blessing. I am truly lucky to have
found her. I have also found my birthfather, Jim, who is, incidentally, coming to
visit me here in Phoenix today! I have been cleaning my apartment all week and think I am
finally ready! I am looking very forward to meeting him.
That's my story. Now that I have found my birthparents, I would be open to helping other
adoptees or birthparents searching.
Hello. I would like to update my posting on The Seeker regarding DOROTHY
CLIFFORD MOREAU, of Columbus, Ohio last seen in 1945. I found out that my
birth mother died in 1984. She changed her name to Dawn Soltis. But in my search I found a
half brother I didn't know I had. We already met twice just before Christmas and keep in
touch regularly. Pretty amazing after thinking
each of us was an only child for so many years.
While I did not find my information from your web site, it did put me in touch with many
knowledgeable people who helped me along the way.
If anyone has information about DAWN SOLTIS who lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area near
McKeesport from 1945-1949 and worked or owned Dawn's restaurant
in New McKeesport I would appreciate hearing from them. Those are the missing years.
Hi I just wanted you to know that you may delete # 32318 I have found my
Father's Family and unfortunetly he passed away. I did however find out that I have 3
brothers and 1 sister. I am looking forward to meeting them and finding out what kind of
man my father was through all of his families memories. Thanks again for all that you do
for the many of us that are searching.
Because of all the help I have received from places such as the Seeker,
I found my mother's sister. They hadn't seen each other in 29 years. I had prepared my mom
for a let down, just in case the reunion wasn't everything that we had hoped. Well, the
reunion was everyone thing that we had hoped for and more.
I now have added six new people to my life, and I couldn't be happier. They came
for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I speak to my cousin once a week.
Thank you for making our lives better. However, we are still seeking another sister. Her
name is Dawn Marie Sutherland, last seen Sept. 1960 in Mooresville, IN. Any and all
information on her would be greatly appreciated.
I did find my old school and birth mate, Yvonne Dautremont. It was over
twenty years. The Seeker provided me with her parents phone number and I
did the rest! Thank you again...I am still searching for Jerome Cowan and Wesley Binder
Mickaela S. Earle-Ross
Thank you for a wonderful website. I have located my birth family and
everything is great.
Thanks again, Krista Moore
I would like to let you know that my daughter has found me and we are so
very happy it a great feeling being one again
http://members.tripod.com/nowak/michealn.html and my daughters page is
as you will see I have even re-adopted her
thanks Michael Nowak
I am 38 years old and left home at a very early age(14). My name is Lisa and now live
comfotably in CA. It was not a very easy road. In fact I have
faced death many times. I traveled primarily by myself and with very little fear, that was
a learned behaviour. I have had no contact with my family and I must add I have traveled
with the knowledge of my adoption; discovered by accident. When I was 11 my bestfriend
said she had heard it from her moms'
friend. That may have been the beginning of the end. It has taken me close to 20 years to
get the nerve to find and talk to my adoptive family. In
one nite of complete luck I fell on this site and the computor that I had bought last year
for just this purpose gave me the number and adress of my dad. I knew once I saw the name
that there was only one and it had to be him!! He was receptive to my call and gave me
some info on my birthmother and my
adoption. I have changed my post and am now on a mission to discover the rest of the
story. I must add I have also talked to both my brothers and my
mom too. I am an Auntie and my mom is now a grandma again!! I am still amazed , it
happened so FAST!!
I found my birth mother! I can't believe it! I
want to recommend to everyone a man named Dan Doughtery. He can be reached at "DDSearcher@aol.com"
He found my mom in just 12 days!
Linda... Just wanted to let you know, that since I was on your call-in radio show back in
January, I've found my bson!!
We made contact thanks to a benevolent searcher in CT who gave me his amom's name, address
and telephone number!
He's alive, well, lives in Phoenix, AZ, and is coming to FL for a visit on May 13th!!
Boy... am I one "happy camper" or what??? :)
Son, Manning Born 12/06/68 in CT
Found in Phoenix, AZ on 03/19/99
First Contact via Telephone for 1-1/2 Hrs. on 03/20/99 YIPPPEEE!!!!!
P. A. Zimmer
High school friend found
Please remove message #30123. I found my high school friend. (she found me). She found me
simply by looking me up in Yahoo. This success story
adds up to, "She wanted to find me...and I'm easy to find."
My name is Salina Thomas. I recently found my dad's Army buddy, so you
can remove my add from "Military Seeking" add number 34683. I found him on
my own, but I would like to thank your site anyway. My dad has been so excited. We have
recently exchanged phone calls and mail with his
friend. Thank You
#33710 Please remove this message. I was blessed with a call out of the
blue. Thank you
so much for your service. I'm sure other people appreciate your site as much if not more
than I do. This is a really great site.
My ad number is 31588. Anthony found his mother two days after placing
corrected information in a search site for California adoptee's. His mother had had
someone put her information in using her maiden name and once we entered that information
(from his birth certificate) we received two names from this wonderful lady in California
the database. The first one called was his mother and you cannot imagine the emotions that
were felt from all concerned. The lady who gave us the name was very helpful in making
suggestions on how to make the contact. Her name was Cindy Ellis from Anaheim California.
A reunion is being planned in August. He has talked to her several times on the phone (we
are in Missouri, she in California) and to a half-sister in Florida. Pictures have been
exchanged and so far everything is going great.
Hello I just thought we would let you know that today we have found our
missing relative (James David VanWinkle) and you may remove his name. I do not know the
number that you have requested. Maybe db40????? Well we have found my moms brother by the
internet. We went to as many sites on the web and posted messages. Last night I got a call
from a woman from findme.com she left a messages saying that James David wife had posted a
message on it that night and ten mintues later she called her back with a postive match.
Then she called my house and the next day when I came home we got the message and called
right away. This was the most incredible thing that we
could ever imagine. My mother has been reunited with her brother and they are so happy.
Thank you for letting us post because it is the reason we
found him. Thank you again. The Sullivan Family.
Thanks, I have finally found him...mainly through a fluke, nonetheless,
I have finally found my brother... and his name was not either name I listed, instead he
is a Robert!!! Thanks for your help!!!
I placed Seeker ad #38062 yesterday and the following exchange of info
took place today.
(Editor's Note: a reader saw his post and helped
him locate his missing person.)
Might be appropriate to mark this one as found and remove or whatever you do with them.
Gotta love it.
Now if we can just find my sister from ad #1479 which is why I knew to come to this site.
I placed ad #2501 in 1996 while I was searching for the daughter I gave
up for adoption in 1969. I'm happy to report that my daughter and I have been reunited. It
was not through The Seeker, but through what I'd have to call a "back door." In
spite of California being a closed adoption state at that time, the woman who presented me
with the final
adoption papers failed to cover the names of the adoptive parents. I always remembered
approximately what the names were. I looked up the
AFather's name in the phone book and there he was. Although I never called him, I passed
the info to an Aunt who was excited to help me search. She phoned the AFather who was
EXTREMELY supportive of the reunion. It turns out, has lived in Denmark since she was a
toddler. She speaks Danish (as well as fluent English and a few other languages) and
is a Dane, through and through. She and I began corresponding via email in February 1998
after her AFather put us in touch with each
other. She came to the US for three weeks in July 1998 and stayed one week with me and my
family, met my parents, her great-grandmother (who
has since passed away), her great-Aunt (the one who found her) and several other
relatives. Our reunion is going swimmingly and we are becoming good friends. My family is
in love with her--their little lost
girl. It was so exciting to send her a large package for her birthday last December after
spending every other Christmas since her birth depressed! Thank you for having a list like
this where people can find
each other either directly or indirectly. Being able to post my listing here gave me the
feeling I was "doing something" while I waited.
Jeanie Salyer, Birthmom to Jacqueline
Please remove my listing. We have located Uncle Phillip. Now Robert J.
Forsman. Lives only 20 minutes from our house. Thanks.
Neighbor was looking for her father, who has since been found.
She'd not seen him since age 4 approximately and is now 40, some 36 years!
His social security number was used by an organization to locate him. Something
Hearts I believe. Could find out for you more information if you want. They even met
about 4 months ago now! Very great. Found out she has three brothers, they found out
they have two other brothers and a sister. All going well. Thank you for asking.
I found my friend's birth mother in the following way: I had a feeling
she was still in California, the state where she relinquished him 40 years ago. But
California has very tight public records. Even as a
newspaper reporter, I could not access DMV records, etc. I had my friend's mother's maiden
name, and his older brothers' full names and birthdates. I ascertained none were dead, but
the brothers had very common names (Bob Bell
and Glenn Bell) and I couldn't find them, even after hundreds of letters and phone call
attempts. Finally I contacted the California department of
Fictitious Business names. They had a record of a woman with my friend's mother's maiden
name, and the last name "Reed" at the end of it. She had
taken out a license for a business in 1994. I thought she might have remarried, and this
was her new married name. I did a phone search and found
her first name and the "Reed" last name in the vicinity of the town where she'd
had the business. I called, and it was the right woman. After 10
months of hard search, it was wonderful to find her. She was thrilled, as was my friend.
They're planning a reunion next month in California.
Hello, I would like to request to be removed from your e-mail list at
this time. The # of my request is 12935 I did not find my relative through The Seeker, but
through ship lists at library archives I was able to find the church that he was married
in and locate from there.
Here in Calgary, I used the library archives at the Glenbow museum. From there I was able
to trace back to the ship that brought my relative across into the USA first and then
through USA census I was able to approximate date of marriage, estimate when kids were
born and entry into Canada. With those approximate dates I could then look up in other
books for birth and marriage certificates.
I am writing to let you know that I have found my birthfamily. I met my
birthmom for the first time yesterday. I was one of the greatest days of my life. We met
because her second daughter was looking for me. She bought her computer on Sunday, found
my post at another website on Monday & by Wednesday, we were fairly sure we were
sisters. It has been amazing & a lot more. There are just no words to describe how I
You may take my post off. You may also post my success story. If I can help someone else
in their search, I would be happy to try.
Jen M. Melton
I have used The Seeker twice, and both times have gotten results! The key to my successes
wasn't in finding the actual people, but the advice I got from other Seeker users! They
turned me onto new ways to look for my friends or just gave me support and advice. I found
the answers I was looking for both times and highly recommend this sight. Thanks Seeker!
After searching for about 10 years and after hiring IL and not finding
anything, I went on a trip to
Florida with my best friend Linda who was taking her daughter to college in Clearwater.
thought that since Clearwater was right there next to St.Petersburg we could go to the
see what we could find out about my birth. This was in Aug. of 1996.
When we arrived in Florida and had settled in we went to the library in St. Petersburg and
at old yearbooks. We did not have any names to go on so we just looked at old pictures.
thought that we would check out the old Birth Announcements just to see what was there
though we did not think mine would be there because my parents we not married.
She was 17 when I was born and my dad was 25. We did know that he was married but had
So we thought it would be worth looking into.There was only 1 BA that matched with a baby
and the same birth weight as I was. How ever it was a Mr. & Mrs. James E. Hudson. I
well lets go check it out just in case. We went to the house and the lady that lived next
that no Hudson ever lived there. She had lived there since she got married in 1954. We had
looked in the phone book for 1956 for Hudson and he was listed at another address. So we
to the Largo Library where we were told had more infomation to search. We found out the
of the hospitals in the area at that time and went to check them out as well as the one in
Announcement. We went to the ones that were still around to see about getting admission
for Hudson. No luck and the Doctors Hospital had just closed a few years before.
No one seemed to know where the records were.
By this time we had run out of time so we had to come back to VA.
I continued to search with the help with some wonderful people that I had met on the
internet. I still could not find the records for the hospital.
Then I wrote to get my non id again from NC. They had lost all my records! So, I just had
information to go on. I kept on searching and posting!! Letter after letter after letter.
Finally about a year later they had found my records and were able to give me some more
non id information !
Piece by piece little things started to add up. I still had the feeling that Hudson played
a part in this
Then a bigger break came and I learned my birth mom's name and my birth name and my
who was given up at the same times birth name and date of birth! I was so happy!!
to go on. I put away the Hudson thing for awhile since this name was not mentioned and I
having any luck with it anyway.
I had heard about a live radio show in the Tampa are and called in telling people that I
was searching for a lady . I did not say she was my birth mother at this time because I
thought I ought to try without that first not wanting to shock her if family heard this
and did not know. I did not hear anything from this but planed to try it again. I have
found that it just takes the right day and the right person listening!
So, thought I would try something else.
I thought maybe if someone is researching the name of my birth mother I may find out
more. So I posted on a genealogy site. A wonderful lady that was researching the name
me. She wanted to see if she could help me. She was a great help to me!! Her and her
were going on a trip for there anniversary and were going through Tampa. She said she
there and research some of the things that I had been trying to put together. I had ideas
that I just
needed something more to prove them right. This wonderful couple took some of their time
something for me that would really get the ball going for me!
I had asked her to get me a copy of the phone book for Hudson and look into some other
well. They looked into the City Directory and got a copy of the page I needed. Also
I had asked
her to check into my birth mothers last name. Through cross referencing we came up with
thought was my grand mothers name.
Then I looked into the SSDI and came up with a lady with that name that would have been
same age. I posted more and more. Then on Friday 3-5-99 a PI from FL e-mail me. He had
my post and wanted to help if he could. I e-mail him what I knew and what I thought to be
him of the lady in SSDI. He checked into all of this and was able to get me the Obit that
One more thing I had to confirm the names I had come up with. I now had my Birth mother's
married name!! With his help and my best friend we came up with my birth uncles phone #.
3-6-99 my best friend called him and had a wonderful conversation with him. This indeed
was his family and he was so happy about all of this. He asked that we not call the sister
who had raised
my 1/2 brother because of heart problems she is having. I had wanted to call her first but
find a phone #. Good thing I couldn't! We assured him we would not and that we would let
break all this to his sister, my birth mother. He told us he would then call me when he
had done all
this. I have not heard anything as of this time but am sure that it will take some time
for this all to sink in
and do not want to rush anyone.
Wow..did I write to much??? LOL
Have not meet as they live in Florida and I live in VA. Still searching for my
birthfather James E, Hudson and Brother born 2-18-57 whos
birthname was Ernest Eugene Peterson