Adoption Concerns Triangle of Topeka, KS

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Search Websites  (those I use the most)

January 2011 - Marilyn Mendenhall Waugh, MA; Topeka, KS

 

www.switchboard.com  phone/address listings – can do state AND national

 

www.qwestdex.com    phone/address listings

www.anywho.com  phone/address listings – can search by name and zip code; will often list female name AND/OR male name of phone # owner (not done by other phonebook sites as a general rule).  

www.whitepages.com  great stalking tool!  Click on “neighbors” and it lists all the neighbors with their contact information.  Good about listing apartment numbers.  Now also puts possible relatives and occupation.  Note: check all phone sites - compare info.  Now has info on whether person is on Facebook or Twitter.  Check icons.

 

http://www.infobel.com/world/default.asp  phone listings for the World

 

www.spokeo.com   Accessing this site via www.pipl.com can provide name, age, photo of neighborhood (google earth).

 

http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com  Social Security Death List (searching for older birth family members will help you obtain an obituary listing mortuary and, often, names of other relatives).  Can put in date of death, city and state with NO names at all and find who is listed on that date in that city (good for “no name” searches).

 

www.pipl.com  can put in name, age and/or state and the site does a “deep web” search that uses several search engines and sites.

www.peoplesmart.com  put in name and it will give age, locations and relatives.

www.searchsystems.net  formerly free public records (great one to play with) BUT as of March 2007 now charges a nominal fee.  Interfaces with peoplefinders.com which does charge a small fee.

 

www.sun.org  Search engine for names/topics in print.  I have found conference attendance lists (with addresses) and work documents.

 

www.whoulookingfor.com  Data base that shows names, relatives, cities/state for free.  Pay to use other services but not necessary.

 

www.beenverified.com   Been advertised on TV a significant amount.  An OK site but it seems to morph similar names together (eg Stephanie and Steve Waugh are viewed as same person; ditto for Don and Donna Mendenhall)

 

www.publicrecordspro.com  Unlimited access for $2.95 per month for a one year use.

 

www.privateeye.com  can put in first name, middle initial and birth date (with NO last name) and obtain list state by state or national – great birth mother search tool.  Also lists family members together (fabulous!) and often will list place of employment.  One of the most useful sites around as “dead people” are often listed with family members.  Many sections are free BUT to search by first name, middle initial and birth date (no last name), you must have purchased a report in the past (best $9.95 I ever spent!)

 

www.veromi.com uses same database as privateeye.com but does all for free as of 1/09.  If you have account at privateeye.com , your sign-in info will also work here.

 

www.intelius.com  good database.  Must pay for some info but cost is minimal.

 

www.zabasearch.com  can put in name with or without state and get list of people in nation or separate state and most have birth years (some with birth month).  Claims they will find anyone for $100 or your money back but I’ve never used this (but want feedback if anyone ever does). 

Caution – check your favorite Zip Code site to re-check the address as directions (N, S, E, and W) are often not listed on this site which can result in returned mail (see below).

 

www.findagrave.com  Millions of cemetery records, famous and non-famous names, are listed here – many with photos of gravestone.  Great for searching for relatives in a certain town/state.

 

www.blackbookonline.info  Enter city and/or state and it will show what online databases are available for that area.  Do NOT put person’s name in the first blank; it is for location only.

 

www.spock.com   going through Beta test phase.  Use the “advanced search” option.  Works very similar to pipl.com.

 

http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp enter address and the correct complete address and zipcode will appear.  EXCELLENT way to find out if the person lives in an apartment.

 

www.birthdatabase.com  search database of 120 million names and birth dates.  Put in first and last name and estimated age of person.  Gives birth date and city/state.

 

www.classmates.com and www.alumni.net  free membership lets you search these sites for high school, college, and military alumni name.

 

www.myspace.com  Blog type site that ANYONE can access.  Scary how much info people post about themselves.

 

www.facebook.com  Used by LOTS of college and, now increasing, high school students.  Access to this site used to be limited to those with an edu Internet address but now anyone can register.  They do not update membership files (ie eliminate those who graduate and no longer use a school Internet address) so it can be helpful to track someone’s trail.  Look at the photos also as a specific college t-shirt can help determine different locations to search.

 

www.davidgrayspeoplefinder.com  Nominal fee.  Claims to have selected birth indexes (TX, CA, OH, MN, NC, KY VT).

 

www.twitter.com  Another social networking site but this one limits you to 140 characters.  The question you are to answer is “what are you doing now”.  I suggest using last name only for a search and often you will get the city/state where the person is located. 

 

http://en.netlog.com  Social network for “young people” in Europe.  Often connect to USA twenty-somethings.

 

www.findme.org  enter date of birth for adoptee and lists names and location of people who have registered with site (mutual consent registry)

 

www.peoplelookup.com  can do either “instant people lookup” ($2.95 sale right now) or obtain a 24 hour pass for unlimited people lookup via name or address ($14.95)

 

www.123people.com  Similar to function as pipl.com but you can access more info free at pipl.  Good site still to check if any different info on site.

 

www.kidon.com/media-link/usa.shtml   listing of newspaper, magazine, radio,

tv stations worldwide

 

http://www.usgenweb.org/   good resource for genealogy info on a certain

area of the United States

 

www.zoominfo.com  can search by three categories: people, company, job

 

www.archives.gov  listing of those killed in Korean Conflict plus other great info

 

http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlcl/pld/statelib.html  State library websites

 

http://www.ama-assn.org/  Listing of doctors nationwide

 

www.martindale.com   Listing of lawyers nationwide

 

http://www.ancestorhunt.com/prison_search.htm  search for prisoners by state

 

http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&LastName=Byrne&Middle=&FirstName=richard&Race=U&Sex=M&Age=&x=20&y=21  search for those in federal prison system

 

Plus some others:

 

Genealogy Resources

http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html

 

http://www.progenealogists.com   free estimate to hire a genealogist (about $40 per hr)

 

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/1096/entry-search.html

 

People Searching Tool

http://www.searchbug.com/

 

Public Resources

http://www.publicrecordsources.com/

 

Cyndi's List

http://cyndislist.com/adoption.htm#general

 

Tina's Florida Page

http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/9606/states/florida.html#top

 

Registry Here

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/9942/registry.html

http://www.birthquest.org

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/1145/search.htm

 

Try this for free trial but membership then as needed http://www5.genealogy.com/gen_ssdisearch.html

 

Adoption in New York

http://adoption.about.com/library/states/blpro_ny.htm

 

New York State Unified Court

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/

 

Rootsweb Social Security Death List – search for survivors of the deceased

http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

 

http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search – Church of Latter-Day Saints archives

 

www.maidennameregistry.com - need to register yours

 

http://www.ancestry.com/ - fee to use but free at most public libraries

 

www.theultimates.com - fill out ONE form that can be used at several search sites

 

http://www.teldir.com/  - information/services for 184 countries

 

www.google.com - best name search engine – put name in “quotes”

 

www.dogpile.com - my second choice for name search engine

 

http://www.searchbug.com/  - another good one

 

http://www.vitalrec.com/birth.html  Vital Records Information, Birth Certificate, how and where to obtain copy in U.S.

 

http://www.cyndislist.com/marriage.htm Cyndi's List - Marriages

 

Finding a Marriage Date – free trial but then membership required

http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/11_mrgdt.html

 

Vital Records Information, divorce Decree, how and where to obtain copy in U.S.

http://www.vitalrec.com/divorce.html

 

http://www.arrangeonline.com/  - National Obituaries Archives

 

http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/ - Search for schools, libraries, and colleges

 

www.americanadoptioncongress.org - clicking on the search tips is helpful.  You might want to read through the FAQs (frequently asked questions) also.

 

http://www.adoptiondna.com/testing/dna-price-referral.html DNA testing info/locations

 

http://catalog.loc.gov/   Helpful for locating materials when using Interlibrary Loan

 

www.USGenweb.com   links to each state’s resources

 

 

Specific to Kansas City born Adoptees:

 

Facebook now has a Willows Hospital group with lots of info on one of the longest running maternity homes in Kansas City

 

http://records.co.jackson.mo.us/localization/menu.asp

search Kansas City marriage records by mother or father’s name

 

http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/  Online death certificates for Missouri on anyone deceased from 1955 to very early 1900’s

  

  

DNA Testing:

 

www.23andme.com  $199 DNA test

 

www.DNAAncestryproject.com  $119 paternal line testing

 

www.familytreeDNA.com  general genetic testing

                                                                  

                   

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