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States With Open Adoption Records

States With Open Adoption Records (For immediate help with your birth family search, please click here now!)

There are several states that have open adoption records.  In these states, an adult adoptee can get an original birth certificate and in some instances more adoption record information. If you are an adoptee looking for your birth parents in an open adoption records state, please request your open adoption records.  However, when you obtain your original birth records, your search might still be difficult.  Having information such as your birth mother’s maiden name and perhaps her old address is a great start, but you will still need to get her current name and address information.  Your birth mother might have changed her name several times, or she might not live in the state where you were adopted.

If you need help with your search, please contact OmniTrace! Here is a list of states where adoption records for all or some years are open.  In some states, birth parents can sign a no-contact veto: Read More

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Successful Birth Brother Search

Congratulations to our client: Cherrylann St. John. We recently located her birth brother! Here is a note that she sent us:

“Subject: Formal Review

I began searching for my birth mother about 28 years ago and found that she was was dead, but I had a name address for her mother (my grandmother) and I wrote her a letter. I received a reply, but not what I was hoping for. My
grandmother had died also. Her husband said my brother was about 19 years of age. He said he had some pictures in his garage and that he would look through them and send me some.

I waited a couple of months after not hearing
anything and rewrote him – I never heard from him. I was in the military and had to go overseas for a 4-year tour so I figured my search was over. I was really sad because I could never learn anything about my mother or grandmother because there was no one alive to tell me about them.

I joined about 1 year ago and began trying to research my birth mother’s roots. Her mother and father were from Russia (no city) so it’s almost impossible finding anything out. I figured I had better begin earnestly trying to find my half brothers before it was too late (we’re not getting any younger). After countless hours of searching (various genealogy sites) I was still nowhere close to finding them. I even joined Troy’ and paid $99.00 to join his member’s club which promises you assistance in finding lost loved ones. I haven’t been able to use the site as advertised
and I haven’t been able to get assistance from them either (so don’t waste your time and money there).

However, I did contact OmniTrace. That was the best money I have ever spent. Unbeknownst to me, one of my brothers had been adopted by another family after his birth and had a completely different name. I would never have found him. OmniTrace found him within a month’s time. I have been in contact with “Bill” and I am so grateful to OmniTrace.
If you need to find someone and you have exhausted all your options, invest in OmniTrace, you will be glad you did. I am.



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Does OmniTrace Guarantee Our Birth Family Searches?

OmniTrace guarantees that we will conduct a professional, comprehensive search to find your birth family members.  We have more skills and resources to achieve a successful result than any other search company. At the end of our investigation, you will receive a detailed report containing all of our findings.  Florida state law requires this.

But please note, when you enlist our services, you are asking us to conduct an investigation. We simply don’t know what we will find during the course of our research, and we cannot guarantee we will find the subject of your search or you will be satisfied with the end result.

Here are some situations we might encounter when looking for birth family members:

  • Your birth parents might refuse contact.
  • You may decide not to make contact.
  • Your birth parents may be deceased.
  • Your birth records were possibly falsified at the time of your adoption. This would circumvent our obtaining accurate name information. In other words, the paper trail could become dead.
  • The adoption agency may have taken steps to make a successful search impossible.
  • Your birth parents may be indigent, with no paper trail to follow.
  • The information you originally provided us is incorrect. As an example, one of the most common issues is that birth mothers frequently do not remember accurate dates of birth for their children. 
  •  Your birth parents may simply be unlocatable.   When conducting historical research, even the best researchers run into unexplainable, brick walls at times. This, unfortunately, is part of the research process.

OmniTrace has reunited more birth parents and adoptees than all other search companies combined. We will do everything possible to reunite you with your birth family members. With that said, we cannot guarantee that you will be happy with the end results.  At the end of our investigation, we will provide you a comprehensive report of all of our findings. 

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3 Biological Sisters Reunited!

3 Biological Sisters Reunited

Congratulations to OmniTrace client Diana. We were able to reunite her with her biological sisters and other family members! 

Here’s a note and photo Diana just sent to our lead investigator on this case, Kevin Lynch:

“Dear Kevin

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding my biological sisters, Uncle and his family. They have welcomed my children and I with open arms and hearts!

My Uncle had a get together a little over a month ago and it’s as if we were never apart. We all call or text everyday.

I’m so glad that I called OmniTrace. Originally they said the wait is usually 8-12 months, but in exactly 4 months I received your letter.

Thank so much again for all your hard work and for always Replying quickly to all of my emails and requests.

Below us a picture of my sisters jaime (left) and Jennifer (right) and myself.

Best Regards,

Diana M. Di Pilato-Frusco”

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How To Use The Reunion Registry

How to Use The Reunion Registry

Whether you are a birth parent, adoptee or birth sibling, the best adoption reunion registry at your disposal is the Reunion Registry.   This registry helps numerous people touched by adoption reunite with birth family members or those looking for medical information.  Currently, this easy to use, free, adoption reunion registry has over 400,000 entries–birth parents, adoptees, search angels, adoptive parents and birth siblings.

There are two groups who use this adoption reunion registry:  those searching for someone and those who want to enter their information.  Here’s the easiest way to use this registry:

To just search, use the “Quick Search Box.” This is located in the middle of the reunion registry homepage.   Enter all the info you have on the person you are searching for.  Then search through your results to determine a match.  (you may find several possible matches).  Click on their name, birthdate, birthplace, or the name in the “Submitted by” column. All links will bring you to the correct profile. You’ll then be able to see all the Read More

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Hiring A Private Investigation Agency For Your Adoption Search

Hiring A Private Investigation Agency For Your Adoption Search

So, you are ready to begin the journey and start your adoption search.  You now need to decide whether to search on your own or hire a private investigation agency.  Here are a few things to consider when opting for the latter:

1)  Be sure to hire a licensed private investigation agency (such as OmniTrace).   Most states have their own licensing requirements.  Some states require investigators to have several years of experience working in law enforcement or working for a law firm.  Special testing is typically required for a license.  Most licensed agencies and investigators need to be bonded and are required to carry errors and omissions insurance.  A licensed agency requires a professional office location and cannot operate out of a living room.  Ask any agency you are considering for their license number and verify it.

(Buyer Beware: If you hire an unlicensed investigator / researcher to conduct your adoption search, they do not Read More

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Birth Mother Search – Obtaining Necessary Identifying Information

A birth mother search can be quite difficult for an adoptee to successfully resolve.  That’s because most adoptees have very little identifying information on their birth mother when they begin to search. They also lack state-of-the-art search tools that are currently available to professional adoption researchers and investigative agencies such as OmniTrace.  These tools allow access to and the capability to sort through virtually millions of public records.  With the above mentioned search tools, you may be surprised to read that, in most instances, very little identifying information is needed to find your birth mother!  Provided here are a   Read More

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Troy Dunn The Locator on Dr. Phil

Troy Dunn The Locator on Dr. Phil

We want everyone to know that Troy Dunn The Locator will appear on the Dr. Phil Show this coming Friday, 10/21/11, at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Troy Dunn has been reuniting adopted adults with their birth parents for many years now.  He’s a great guy and fantastic showman, and you should take a look at this episode. 

Here’s an excerpt on what the show will be about, obtained from the Dr. Phil episodes page:

“Twins Search for Twins

Dr. Phil’s guests are immersed in an adoption mystery steeped in so many secrets, it took expert locator, Troy Dunn, to reconnect the pieces of their fractured family. Lori, her twin sister, Lonnie, and older sister, Linda, say that even as children, they had a stark memory of their pregnant mother leaving for the hospital and returning without a child and a story that didn’t add up. The siblings say they’ve always had their suspicions about a possible sibling, but it wasn’t until their mother’s death that they discovered a piece to the puzzle — paperwork about twins who were placed for adoption decades ago. Delving into the case, Troy uncovers a shocking surprise, but before a reunion can take place, he must deliver some bad news. Find out what happens as Lori, Lonnie and Linda prepare to meet their long-lost loved ones. It’s a family reunion you don’t want to miss! Plus, if you’re searching for someone, don’t miss Troy’s tips for locating a missing relative.”

We hope you take the time to enjoy Troy Dunn The Locator on the Dr. Phil Show

If you need immediate assistance locating your birth parents or child given for adoption, please give one of our OmniTrace search consultants a call at 1-888-965-6696 and receive a FREE search evaluation.

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Who Do You Think You Are Premieres February 4th On NBC TV

OmniTrace is happy to announce that the second season of  Who Do You Think You Are premieres February 4, 2011 at 9 Eastern time on NBC.  The TV show follows some of today’s biggest celebrities as they trace their birth family trees.  The celebrities featured in the second season are:  Gyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd.

Each week on TV, a celebrity embarks on a quest into his or her birth family ancestry, as they uncover stories of heroism, tragedy, love, betrayal, secrets and intrigue.

Who Do You Think You Are also celebrates the twists and turns of this great nation and the people who made their way here in search of freedom and opportunity.

So, we suggest you tune in to NBC TV and travel through time into the birth family stories of our fascinating celebrities as they solve centuries old mysteries, uncover long lost birth family ties and make shocking discoveries about their ancestors.

If you are reading this post, chances are you are not a celebrity and will not be discovering your birth family on TV on Who Do You Think You Are.  No worries–OmniTrace can assist you.  Please give us a call, toll free, at 1-888-965-6696 and speak with one of our friendly OmniTrace search consultants.  :grin:

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Oprah Reunites With Her Birth Sister

Oprah Winfrey Reunites With Her Half Birth Sister

Oprah Winfrey revealed on her TV show today that she has a new birth family member – Patricia, her half birth sister (her sister’s last name was not revealed).

Apparently, Oprah’s birth mother gave Patricia up for adoption, shortly after her birth, but kept the adoption from Oprah.  Oprah was nine years old and living with her father at that time.  Oprah never knew her birth mother was pregnant.

Oprah’s birth sister lived in foster homes until she was 7—some of them “not so good.”  By 17, she was a single birth mother, Patricia said, and six years later, she had another child.  When she was 20, she searched for information about her birth mother and then let it go until years later.

Patricia said she started thinking Oprah might be her sister when she saw an interview with Oprah’s birth mother, Vernita Lee, on TV.  The birth family information coincided with what she already knew about her family.  “We realized that Oprah could be my sister,” Patricia said.  She tracked down Oprah’s niece who is the daughter of Read More

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