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Old 02-01-2011, 02:27 PM
Location: NC
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i found my dad through on here - a google search of his name turned up in search results and we connected. I was 2 when i last saw him (no memory whatsoever of it) and we connected a couple of years ago, I was 31.

Don't lose hope on finding your loved ones. People google their names all the time, and these threads DO show up in the search results! Always post as much info as you have- ideally a name and city, and a few other details if you have them.

He and his wife spent 2 weeks out here with us last year and we talk ALL the time!
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:47 PM
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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Originally Posted by suedonym View Post
i found my dad through on here - a google search of his name turned up in search results and we connected.

..snipped.. People google their names all the time, and these threads DO show up in the search results! Always post as much info as you have- ideally a name and city, and a few other details if you have them.
This is what I said in the "hi jack" thread. If a searcher didn't get in the middle of the thread with a specific name, they may have just used the word "search" etc. and landed in the middle of someone else thread.

I love reading the success stories.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:11 PM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Here's another one!
Troy Larsen: Bostonian from Utah
As has been mentioned, occasionally it happens that when someone is Googling their name or somebody else's a City-Data link will pop up. This is how I ultimately ended up getting the latest on the person I'd sought in my post. His partner (now spouse ) landed on it while doing a casual name search. She sent me an e-mail first in order to find out who I am before letting me in on specifics and allowing for a reconnection to go forward. (Good on her for screening, and good on me for passing muster. )
Catching up on a former colleague doesn't rank anywhere near locating a long-lost or never-known relative. But since C-D worked for me in this instance I'm a believer!
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:25 AM
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I also found a loved one through City Data.We had lost touch for 20 yrs.Good luck to anyone searching for a loved one.GOD bless all.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:54 AM
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Default Found Thanks to You

I just wanted to post that due to a couple of wonderful people on this forum, I have found lost family and the truth. I had not seen any of my father's side of the family since I was 7 (now in my 40's). Within a week, even though the last name was common and my sister is now married, these wonderful people found her. I now have a wonderful sister, uncle (that I never knew I had )and cousins back in my life. It was a rocky road but learning the truth was far more important to me as it has (hard to explain) but made me complete.
I learned my Grandfather passed away a few years ago only about an hour from where I live. My Aunt and Grandmother had also passed away before finding my family. That part is sad as I wish I would have had at least one chance to talk with them but I am learning about them through my Uncle which has been a great gift to me.
The advise I would give to anyone that is looking for someone from their past is, you may learn things that you may not have wanted to know. The things I learned about my mother and father could really hurt someone if they did not already know they were not the nicest of people.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Default USA-Scotland friends unite

I posted a person search for a frend of mine here, my friend was seeking info on how to contact a friend in Scotland he knew from serving in the Marines and being stationed in Scotland during the 60's.

The Scottish gentleman ,Rusell Patterson did a Google search on his name once and found my posting here. He contacted me and I gave him my friends telephone number here in the USA.

They are both musicians, and the Scottish fellow contacted his American friend after losing contact for 30 some years.

Thanks to the CD forum for providing the People Search!
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:33 PM
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Default Finding home with fb search squad free

My cousin Rebecca Schaeffer-Rowe finished her paper for her class and wrote her professor that there was no way to write a 500 word biography on me under 800 words and keep the story. she told me she felt mad she had to dis-include so much she felt needed to be included. I think she did an awesome job and could not be more proud of her.
Janet Lorraine Kloos, (birth name Maria Shock) was born September 30, 1969, in Towson Maryland,
to a poor, young, single eighteen year old girl.
Through a series of unfortunate and tragic events that led Maria and her mother on a journey
across the United States in hopes of staying together,
fifteen month old Maria was ultimately given up for adoption in Los Angeles, California on November 27, 1970.
Maria’s adoption was finalized on December 31, 1971 and she became known as Janet Kean.
Although loved and cared for by her adoptive parents, a deep desire and determination to locate
and meet her biological family compelled Janet and sent her on an emotional and intense twenty-seven year search.
From the time Janet was old enough to remember and understand,
her parents let her know about her adoption and the subject was openly discussed.
She became part of a family that already had two children, Jeff (11 years older)
and Judy (4 years older and also adopted).
Tragically, when Janet was just three years old, her adoptive mother died from cancer.
Two years later her father remarried and in the process she gained two older siblings.
Although she was provided with a solid home,
she never felt like she belonged; “Well I just felt like the black sheep of the family” said Janet.
When asked at what point she first thought about finding her biological mother,
Janet emphatically stated “always, always wanted and looked! Even as a little kid,
packing up my dolls in a wagon – gonna run away looking for my mom.”
This longing- for the part of her that was missing- fueled Janet’s amazing quest to find her birth mother.
Due to regulations and the anonymity of a closed adoption, Janet had very little information to begin her search,
making her case very complicated
After several visits to the adoption agency, she had her birth location and date,
a physical description of her biological mother which included date of birth, partial sibling and parent information,
and the circumstances surrounding her adoption.
With limited and miscommunicated information, Janet wrote to churches and went through
thousands of records in hopes of finding any helpful information. (Kloos). When asked about her determination and strength to keep looking, Janet responded with an awestricken “How could I not?” (Kloos) The burning questions of who her mom was compelled her. But it wasn’t until modern technology advanced that her breakthrough came about. Janet started a WordPress blog entitled Journey into the Unknown…a Post Adoption Search. [Klo]. Her good friend, Brenda Lee , was instrumental in her search. Brenda came to her aid by providing a search poster that the pair took to Facebook. “We spammed everywhere on Facebook, begging people to share” said Janet. (Kloos). Her appeal was productive as Janet received over 250 shares in just two days. (Kloos). Janet and Brenda procured help from the group Search Squad on Facebook. It was through this contact that the pieces began to fall into place. A Squad member, Kelly Mahoney, noticed the search poster and found an obituary that she thought closely matched. (Kloos). Oddly enough, Janet herself had already seen this obituary but due to incorrect family information, had dismissed it.
Her birth record stated that her mother had been a twin and the woman in this obituary had not been a twin.
The information was so close (with the twin exception) that Kelly couldn’t let it go.
She even found a reference in thhe obituary to twins – but they had been this woman’s siblings and had died at birth.
At Kelly’s urging, in spite of the discrepancy, on December 12, 2014, Janet reached out via Facebook
and contacted the deceased woman’s son.
“I was afraid to go to sleep the day I found them, I also was afraid maybe it wasn’t really them.” Janet said.
Shortly after, Janet’s message was returned, the facts were verified and her identity was confirmed.
After twenty-seven long years she had finally found her biological family and received a Christmas miracle.
Sadly, her mother had passed the previous year but Janet has gotten to know her brother,
two sisters, aunt, and a multitude of cousins.
Brittany Lorraine, Janet’s daughter, says her mom is now whole and has a new light in her.
Janet shared what has been the greatest change in her life since finding her biological family
“Self-identity, it was like looking at a reflection in a fogged up shower mirror all your life
to suddenly see a clear image, priceless, now I can’t look at the mirror and not see my mother.”
As for the determination that kept her going for twenty-seven years,
well it appears she inherited that trait from her mother.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:57 PM
Location: Greater Greenville, SC
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Back in April of 2012, I made a post in this forum that I was conflicted about finding and contacting my dad again after meeting him once before and him asking that we have no further contact. Someone on this site offered to help me find out if my dad was still alive and how I could contact him. My success was beyond my wildest dreams. I've been wanting to share my story for a while now, but I could never quite put it all into words. Well, my dad passed away earlier this week, and my sister (who I also got to meet!) asked me if I wanted to write something to be read at the luncheon after his funeral service, which I was physically unable to attend. I thought that I would share what I wrote, because it tells the whole story starting from when I first found out he was my father until now. May it offer hope to those of your searching to never give up the dream.

My story. . . .

I haven't known Bill Doty as long or as well as many of you here today, but I sure wanted to from the moment in my late 20s when I learned that he was my real father. Up to that point, all I'd heard about him is that he was a really nice guy; that he once dated and almost married my mother; that he was a good friend of my grandfather's and that they used to donate blood together. I found a little photo of him from when he was in the service among other pictures in our house. That was all I knew of my dad back then.

Matthew 19:26 says that with God, all things are possible. I held onto that belief. and God did not let me down. In the next 10 years or so, I learned various things about my dad. I learned he was from Hampshire. I learned he worked in a dairy there. And through a chance conversation, I learned that he had lost a daughter the previous summer. I wasn't sure if he even knew I existed, but I got it in my head that he might like to know he had another daughter who was still very much alive and longing to meet him. I wrote him a letter at the dairy, and in a few weeks he called me out of the blue one day.

Dad was taking his wife to the airport to go visit Ginger, and he agreed to meet me for breakfast as I lived and worked near O'Hare. Looking back, I thought I was the brave one, but I can only imagine what it took for him to face me too. I learned much later that it was the first time he had ever laid eyes on me.

Dad graciously answered all my questions and told me about all the family he had and the large Christmas gatherings they had together. I was jealous. The family I grew up in was very small, and I felt I was somehow missing out.

When we parted, Dad asked that we have no further contact. That hurt, but I understood and was grateful that he had even agreed to meet with me at all.

That was in 1983 or so. I never forgot that day and never let go of my desire to know my dad and his family. I kept that little picture on my dresser and still do to this day.

Fast forward almost 30 years, and I found myself wondering if Dad was even still alive. I started doing some research and found a lot of info about the Doty family, including the obituaries of some of dad's brothers and parents, but none for him. That gave me hope. Yes, I had made a promise of no further contact. But that was years and years ago, and I thought maybe circumstances had changed or his heart had softened. Though I dreamed of much more, all I really could hope for was another chance to see him again over a cup of coffee.

God once again made a way for me through the person of my Aunt Marie, who after talking with me for about and hour and a half so kindly offered to help me get a message to him. The day after she did that, he emailed me. I nearly fell off my chair!

Thank goodness dad was tech savvy -- or at least enough to communicate since he had a hard time hearing on the phone. Through Emails we started getting to know each other for the first time, and I could not have been more thrilled. I didn't really tell him that I was planning a trip to Illinois until I was halfway up there. I was going to visit friends in Park Ridge but was hoping for a visit with him too.

What ensued in the following two weeks is hard to even put into words. It was a dream come true for me. I not only got to spend time with my dad, but I got to meet him, my brother Mark and his wife Caroline over breakfast; have lunch with Aunt Marie and her family; go to dinner at the home of my cousin Jeff and his wife Jean; attend the wedding of Leanne's son Chris, and meet and share a room with my sister Ginger the weekend of the wedding. Sitting between my dad and Ginger at Chris and Lacey's wedding was one of the most surreal moments of my life. It was like a fairytale!

But the best time was the afternoon I spent alone with my dad in Hampshire. I had told him I'd never been there and was planning to drive there and look around. He offered to meet me for lunch and show me around. We visited the two cemeteries where Doty family members are buried and then went to the farm where he'd grown up. I couldn't believe it when he knocked on the door of the house and asked the couple living there if we could have a tour.

The current owners have done a fine and loving job of rehabbing the old farmhouse and were proud to show us around. Dad was in his glory looking at everything and marveling at all they had done. The couple was also thrilled that Dad was sharing his stories and told them a few things about the house that they weren't even aware of. I spent the whole time taking photos inside the house and outside of the old weathered barn that had been in the family for years and years.

I left Illinois and headed back to South Carolina delirious with happiness that I had been accepted into the family and gotten to meet so many relatives in such a short time span thanks to the wedding.

Even though I haven't able to get back to Illinois since then, I've continued to communicate with Ginger, dad and other family members through Email, Facebook and Skype, and Ginger even came to visit me here in South Carolina. In the past year, Email became more difficult for dad, so our communication was mostly through messages relayed by Ginger or photos and cards I would mail to him and Caroline. Ginger kept me posted about family activities and about dad's health when he was in and out of the hospital. I was really hoping that he would start feeling better, and that I would be able to see him again maybe later this year. But that wasn't God's will, and now you are here today celebrating his life and saying good-bye. I feel so badly that I can't be there too, but I'm choosing not to say good-bye. I'm going to say, "See you later" and hope that I'll see Dad again in heaven and that we'll have eternity to get to know each other better.
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