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Locating a Half Sibling?

December 20, 2016

My father had 5 children (that we know of). 3 daughters and 2 sons. His name was Donald Wayne Cobb. His oldest daughter is Donielle. She was adopted out and had her name changed. His sons are Josh and Jason. My name is Sherrie and the youngest daughter is my sister Adrian.

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Adrian and I are full sisters from our mother Sherry. We are looking for our older sister and brothers. I have tried looking from my fathers name with no luck. I have hit dead ends on every endeavor. Would love help with this!

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful
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I have found an adopted our adopted out nephews by posting ads in the small community papers that come in the mail once a week (they are cheaper than regular newspapers). I put it in the "Attention" or "Notice" column. You could list his name in the ad in the town he was last living in. Also Facebook has been a GREAT place to find lost loved ones...there are various "Lost and Found" type groups on there. Good Luck!

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful
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I would go with the other advice and try Facebook. Perhaps you have a site called Friends Re-united? I would be cautious about using a newspaper, because on Facebook you can maintain some anonymity while getting to know anyone who answers.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful
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Search city and court records. Where did she have her name changed? Facebook may be of help by locating others with the same last name who may have knowledge of your father's whereabouts. If you know the high school he graduated from, the class reunion committee may have info also.

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December 22, 20160 found this helpful
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Do the DNA testing that Ancestory.com offers (I think it is around $100). Then register your results. If they have done the same, the computer will match you up to each other.

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I need help. I'm looking for my half brother. I never met him, but he is my dad's son from his first marriage. My dad died in 2013, but I found out I had a brother in 2015.

I hired a PI to find him, but I feel like that's not the John I was looking for. I need some help to find him. Can anyone help me? Where do I start?

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

Did your dad pay any child support or ever claim him on his taxes? If so, his name social security number may be listed on his tax returns during that time period. Have you checked facebook, twitter and ancestory.com?

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

There is a show on TV on TLC (The Learning Channel)
They help people like you that are looking for family members. They are asking for people to contact them for their assistance. You can find them at this link:
www.facebook.com/.../
Good luck with your search. I watch this show, and they have found people with very little information to start with. And once they find your loved one, the set up a meeting. Watch TLC, The Learning Channel to see the show. It is aired on Sunday nights 9 pm Eastern--8 pm Central time.
Harlean from Arkansas

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

The most helpful information usually always comes from family/relatives and any neighbors from where he lived when younger. Is it possible to talk to the mother because that may be the best avenue of information.
Who told you that you had a half brother? Can they supply anymore information? Where they lived, who did he live with?
You must have some information to give to a PI so maybe you can take it from there yourself. The PI must have found someone so look at what he has and do your own search.
You will have to have some information if you are going to try the social media route.

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April 13, 20171 found this helpful

i hope you have had some luck in finding your half-brother. If so, please post and let us know your progress.
If you are still looking, I would suggest that you keep looking on Social media and state all the information you can, especially the full names of your half-brother, your father, your grandmother and his real mother's name. Also, name any city that you think they may have lived, even for a short time.
Just be sure that you check often and add things to keep the thread open and active. Good things do happen so just keep trying and let us know if you hear anything - we are interested.

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December 3, 2014

I'm looking for my long lost half sibling. My father was Andrew Wilson Kennison. In 1956 or 1957 he got a woman pregnant when he was stationed on the Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada. He passed away in 2001 and left me no information on the woman who is the mother of my half sibling. I'm currently trying to get in contact with him/her. Any information known or tips of finding them would greatly be appreciated.

By Dwayne K.

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December 13, 20141 found this helpful
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A woman in our province recently located the last member of her family using Facebook. (She was one of 6 siblings who were adopted in different families. It did take her 20 years to find them all, but she did it. Facebook was very helpful to her.)

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I am searching for my half siblings from my father. I have never met him and have just recently been told I have many siblings from him. His name is Steve Pernicka, he was from Staten Island, NY. He now lives in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Has worked for the Red Cross for many years. I do know of a few siblings I have from him, but there are more. If you have any information on him and his children or any one of them please contact me.


Thank you!

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November 1, 2018

While I was like in kindergarten my father had gone to California where he actually met a lady named Rachell or Rachel, not really sure and nor really sure bout the last name, he thinks (can't remember) it was Quintanilla. He had a little girl with her. We have been trying to see if we might get in contact with her, but had no results on the social media. The girl's name is Michelle, either Quintanilla or Mejia, or both, and my dad's name is Mario A. Mejia. Does anyone know how to get better results?


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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

He can try a website called familytreenow.com. There is a lot of information there, including addresses, phone numbers and relatives. People like me have opted out, since we dont want our private information available so readily. See if your relatives are there

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November 2, 20180 found this helpful

This sounds like a job for a private investigator. There are experts in using publicly available information and the clues that you have to track people down.

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November 2, 20180 found this helpful

I have found a number of people with Google trying every combination if the names. Also I use services that are usually only available at libraries that call up old newspapers. Ask your librarian if he/she can get you set up. If you have a history center, some have access to free with the cost of admission geneology services.

See if you can locate birth notices from the old papers to get a better handle on the names. Also since you aren't positive about the spelling, use whatever the wildcard is so if it is an asterisk, it would be like Qu* and various name combos.

If the child is old enough, she may have done one of those DNA tests and said family can contact her. That is pricy, but if you did yours she may come back as a match.

Prayers!!!

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November 8, 20180 found this helpful

try zabasearch.com

intelius.com

peoplefinders.com

pipl.com

a lot of these are free or paid people search engines and bring back great results

I'd start there before spending 1000s on a PI though that might be the ultimate road you take

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November 9, 20180 found this helpful

Thnks you I'll give them a try hopefully something can turn out.

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September 25, 2019

I recently found out I have a half brother. He is either called David or Ronald Wood. My father was called Ronald Wood he had pubs in Ashton under Lyne. He was born between 1951 -1954; is this enough info to find him?

Apparently his mum posted an ad a good 10 years ago in Manchester Evening News to try to find my dad. I saw the ad, but my mum said it would be old customers from the pub. Anyone help me plz? x

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May 10, 2019

When I was a kid my grandmother always told me about my half brother and when I asked my father about it he told me that I do have half brother. I'm curious about him His name is Derek, Derick, or Dereck idk. I'm not sure what I hear from my father on the phone was Dereck.


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April 7, 2019

What is the best way to find a half sibling when you are not sure of birthdate, birth place, nor current residence? She has the same father as I.


Thanks in advance.

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April 7, 20190 found this helpful

You could try familytreenow.com. You could use her name or your fathers name.

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April 7, 20190 found this helpful

My friends on my high school reunion committee call me SUPER SLEUTH, as I can find most people and usually I find them in under 1 hour.

So my secret is to write down as much as I DO KNOW about the person and then start with a basic Google search putting "+" signs between the words...so if the person's name is Jane and the father's name is Tom Smith my first search would be Jane + Tom + Smith.

Then I play around with using quotes so Jane + "Tom Smith".

If that doesn't work, then I start adding things...like Jane Tom Smith Daughter or Jane Tom Smith Daughter Jackson High School or Jane Tom Smith Daughter Red Hair

Think about any and every detail you do know and that may help.

I have found people on Facebook, LinkedIN, Classmates.com and sadly, many in the obituaries as my classmates have been dropping like flies the last few years (SO SAD).

Obviously the more you know the better...so do you have a last known residence (even if it is just a street or a city). Do you know if she has other siblings and their last name? Do you know her mother's first and last name (married or maiden name)? Did she go to a high school--the name can be a good source to help search as many classes like mine have reunion sites where you can contact a person. Did she go to college? How old would she be (approximately). Do you know who her last employer was? Does she have hobbies?

Post back with how your search goes!! Prayers that you can be reunited!!

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April 9, 20190 found this helpful

I would suggest you start a file for saving information that you gather so maybe one small link will lead to another.

A journal should contain all information you find.
Be sure to add date you found info, where you found it, who gave it to you, and ID information of that person (name, address, phone number, relative?, friend?, Or?) as this will be your basis for finding your half sister.

I would suggest starting with any and all relatives that may or may not have any names, locations, dates and leave your number where they can reach you if they can help you in the future.
These will be your most valuable links to finding your relative.
Perhaps your father or his relatives/friends can give you a start?
Check with uncles, aunts, cousins; anyone that has ever known your father.

There are a lot of sites to check but it will not be easy and it will not happen overnight.

Here are some links to check out:

www.thriftyfun.com/Use-the-Internet-to-Find-Lost-Relatives...

healthfully.com/273965-how-to-look-up-your-family...

www.wikihow.com/Find-Lost-or-Missing-Relatives-Online

www.zabasearch.com/

www.ecsi.net/links_skiptrace.html

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April 10, 2019

I have never met my real dad, but recently we have talked a little bit over Facebook and I found out that I have an older half brother named Joshua. I messaged my dad asking if there was any way to contact Joshua, but he said that he doesn't keep it touch with him and doesn't know anything about him.

I don't know what to do since I'm just 14.

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My mom died 5 years ago and before me she had another daughter that I was unaware of. She had her daughter at 16 and put her up for adoption at that time. I never knew that I had a sister until today when I asked my dad a question and he finally told me about her.

He told me he never planned on telling me, but the question revealed the answer. I don't know where she is, who she is, or how to find her. Please give me some advice or lead that I can use so I can meet my sister I have never met before.

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January 25, 2017

I am looking for my half brother. My father had recently came back into my life and told me he had another child. The birth parents would be Carl Tony Rippel and Vickie Lynn Montgomery. My dad had told me the child was born 10/07/1994 and was named Jonathan. Carl and Vickie had divorced in 1997. I tried looking for Jonathan Rippel and Jonathan Montgomery with no luck.

My dad has lived in Colorado for a large portion of his life, but he's from North Dakota. (So Jonathan may or may not have been born in Colorado.) My dad also had informed me that Jonathan was adopted. My dad was born 9/18/1950. I'm not sure when Jonathan was adopted, my dad is being to secretive about the information. My name is Jason Rippel. Thank you to anyone that can help me get on the right path to find my brother!

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