In August 2006 at the age of 65 I discovered I had a half sister. I did not get very far in trying to find her by my own efforts but in the following May I was told by my son's partner that Gina had found the mother of a friend of hers so I decided to contact Gina myself and I have to say it is one of the best moves I have ever made. I don't know if it was the most difficult search Gina has ever made but it surely must be up there somewhere near the top. It says a great deal about Gina's character and her perseverance because it was a difficult journey. My sister had left these shores in the early 60s having married an American soldier but nothing more was known about where in the U.S. she had gone or even what her married name was but did Gina give up? No way! Through various U.S. websites Gina eventually dug out little bits of information until in October 2007 she found an obituary to someone who could have been (and was) my sister's mother-in-law. At last we had a telephone number and the rest is history.
To all those looking for loved ones, I spent a very long time looking for my son, and I always hit a brick wall, then Gina came to my rescue, she is very trustworthy, and I couldn't of done it without her. Yes she found my son for me, if anyone can do it, find your loved ones, she can, she is a very dedicated lady. Thank you Gina, you are a star, Lynda xxxx
On 5th June 1967 at the age of 16 I gave birth to a baby boy, because of the ways things were back then my parents wouldn't let me keep him and against my wishes I was forced to give him up for adoption. I have spent the last 36 years grieving for my son. I always thought that one day I would try to find him, last February I contacted Gina to see if she could help me. I had very little faith, I had been told that it was impossible to trace an adopted child as you don't know their name. Gina soon reassured me that it was possible with a lot of hard work. It took Gina 4 months of really hard work to find him for me. On 5th June 2003 the final adoption certificate arrived , it was the right one. It was exactly 36 years to the day after his birth, to me it was as if he had been reborn. We are now reunited, I have been emailing and telephoning him since July and we have met twice. We are taking things very slowly building up a loving relationship. Without Gina my life would be incomplete. I owe her more than money can ever buy. She is my fairy godmother.
I just wanted to thank you very much for your research as it has lead me to my natural mother who was delighted as she has been looking for me for 25 years.
Thank you Gina for all your help in tracing my birth parents! I will be eternally grateful, and can offer one piece of advice to anyone searching - don't give up until you find the person you're looking for. Thank you so much Gina, from Mark.
We can't thank you enough for being so supportive and helpful what with me over here it would take months to put everything in place and of course I would have no access to adoption info. I am so glad you have a website and I just felt it was right for me to email you. Perhaps our hand is guided without us knowing. Whatever the outcome we will always stay positive.
I am so happy. After years of searching for my Father myself, you managed it in one weekend. Thanks so much!
Many thanks to Gina for her Research in helping me find my Natural Mother and Relatives. Within a mere two weeks and for under £200 I had all the information I needed; Gina even phoned up somebody in Australia as a part of her research. I am delighted with the results and she has brought us all back together again. She does her work with passion and compassion and I can thoroughly recommend this website and her work to anybody searching. I myself have tried for years to find this information but to no avail, and then Wham! within 2 weeks I had more than enough information; even an email address was provided. Her reports are detailed and easy to understand and she went to great measures to help me understand with a constant email dialogue between us during the research period. Thanks Gina. What you have done for me is worth more than money could ever buy. You are an Angel. I thank you also in the names of my newly found family.
This one is for Gina .... many thanks for putting this on her Website. "My deepest thanks to Gina for her generosity. A year ago, Gina discovered my story on the net and accompanied me on a most extraordinary personal venture helping me find several members of my family. I won't write an epistle to the Romans .... all I will say is that every door opened. Gina's professionalism, devotion, kindness and trust are qualities that will take her far and wide. She is truly a rare pearl and a friend for life. Gina brings hope and works miracles. Believe in her, believe in yourself ... you will be amazed at what can happen."
"Born to be Found" and the Kindness of Gina has changed my life for the better forever, giving me something that no amount of money can buy; 2 Sisters, in fact a whole family that I have never knew about, and I have learned so much about my mysterious past. My Sister and I are very close now; it would never have happened without you Gina, you have given me a life I could never have dreamed of. Through your hard work we are all together again after a lifetime apart. Thank you Gina, words are not enough to express my thanks to you and "BORN TO BE FOUND".
Gina and Born to be Found provide an absolutely top notch and professional service. Having been adopted at the age of 7 weeks, and being 33 years of age but now, I knew finding my birth mother would not prove easy. I had decided to find her after a minor medical issue had reminded me of my own mortality and had made a conscious decision to get a move on and get things in my life resolved and questions answered. I had known a name for my mother (for personal reasons I had no interest in seeking my birth father), and had of course performed the odd search of the interweb, looking at facebook and whatnot, so knew that searching wasn’t going to be as easy as typing it in google! I first spoke with Gina of Born to be Found at 7pm on a Monday or Tuesday evening, she seemed enthusiastic and helpful and filled me with confidence that the search was not only possible, but that finding my mum was likely. I have to admit remembering how impressed I was with her levels of enthusiasm, and she mentioned that this wasn’t only a business but a hobby for her, something that became completely self-evident the more I dealt with her and Born to be Found. The first proof to this was that literally 7am the next morning, I had an email from Gina asking for approval to proceed with some documents that would help track down my birth mum (both of which proved to be critical in the process and confirmation) – the 7am next day bit is no exaggeration! There was then a slight lull it seemed (from my side at least) while we awaited the documents from the appropriate offices, however what I was unaware of was the apparent work that Gina and BtoBF were doing in the background. When the document copies arrived (maybe 2 or 3 weeks later), I was expecting them to lead to some further investigatory work, actually it appeared they just confirmed what Gina had been working on (over the apparent lull), and that my birth mother had not only re-married (which of course I suspected may be the case), but had also completely changed her name (first name as well as surname), and Gina had the full details and address, backed by her marriage cert (one of the aforementioned documents). She also came with the amazing news that I had a younger sister (18 years) and Gina had found a picture of her on the internet, who was absolutely beautiful. The information also included details of my mum’s new husband, and that a third lady had also lived in the house, but she couldn’t give more detail without further investigation. This gave me what I needed to make contact, so after 33 years and with the adoption agencies help, I made contact. To my relief, they not only wanted to hear from me, but had been looking for me themselves (which they were prevented from doing under the old adoption laws I believe). It turned out that not only did I indeed have an 18 year old sister, but also another sister who was only 1 year younger than me at 32, who was the “other woman” living in the house. Over the past 2 weeks I have visited them many times and we are getting to know each other quickly. I already can’t believe it’s only been 2 weeks, as It feels like we’ve known each other for years. Both of my sisters are over the moon to have a brother, as I am to have them. They are the most beautiful, clever girls you could imagine. I also found that I am going to be an uncle last week, as the older of my two sisters is pregnant, and her and her husband are expecting in March. Life could not get much better, and the outcome is more than I could of ever had hoped for. Thank you to Gina and Born to be Found. It is rare to find someone who clearly has as much love and dedication for their work as her, and the results this attitude brings speak for themselves.
So many times I had read other adopted people's stories saying don't give up on your search and it did help me to keep trying, I have had many disappointments and dead ends and had run out of steam after years of picking up the trail and then leaving it. Born to be Found took on my Search and suddenly my Jigsaw was completed. I had only ever imagined it happening, now here I was feeling the reality of it.I can only say I felt amazed, shocked, happy, scared, so many emotions, but finally, I felt at peace.
I had been searching for my birth mother for nearly 17 years, and had nearly given up after many false hopes and blind leads. By chance; I was contacted by a lady who Gina was helping to trace her son who was born on the same day as me, and as a result she put me in touch with Gina. Within a few weeks Gina had some possible leads for me to follow, and after checking them out, I made contact with my birth mother's sister. Two days later the phone rang and, I spoke to my mother for the first time, this would not have happened without Gina. I have now met my mother who lives in South Africa and my Grandmother and other family who all live in England.
Gina Gingell, Researcher for Born to be Found, received a phone call from Carol Jones thanking her for finding her Sister and Brother. Carol described a whirlwind of emotions and has been delighted by the positive and friendly communication she has had these past few weeks. Carol who was seeking a Brother from her Birth Father's side of the Family, and a Sister from her Birth Mother's side explained that the fabulous reception she has received from both sides was more than she could ever have dreamed of. The amazing factor shared by Carol, her Brother and Sister, is that each were raised as only children within their respective families, and that each had always wanted a sibling. As Carol prepares to organise herself to buy her first ever "For My Sister" and "For My Brother" Birthday Cards, she realises that such an every day event that carries such great significance is life changing in itself. Carol urges anyone seeking a Family Member to contact appropriate Post Adoption Services for access to Adoption Files and Counseling. She also suggests that any individual seeking Family should speak to Gina regarding Research as Gina will introduce herself as an Independent Researcher to any Organisation. Gina adds "Carol is one of the jolliest Client's I've had the pleasure to work for. Her obvious delight and wonderfully caring nature out weighs any earlier sadness she felt growing up. She is so proud of her Husband and Son for the love they show her and by standing by her as she fought for the right to know her Siblings. She certainly appreciates the support they have given her. I wish her good luck and hope that she enjoys her new found friendships".
My sister and I will meet for the first time in May this year when I fly to the U.S. and neither of us can wait - I will be 67, she will be 65. There are no words to express how grateful I am to Gina for her kindness and devotion to not giving up on her search and we both will be forever in her debt. If, as you read this, you know of someone looking for someone, do not hesitate to tell them to contact Gina. If there is someone out there to be found, Gina will find them. It was with a flutter of excitement and a mix of fear and dread when I read your Report today. I didn't know how i'd feel if and when you were to locate my Sister, but now I can tell you exactly how I feel - I am on top of the world. I cannot wait to meet her.
Dear Gina, There are no words that I can write that can express how I feel about what you have done for me. For 36 years I wondered who I was and where I came from, and in a few short months you answered all my questions. Because of you I have a birth mum and dad and a brother and sister that I knew nothing about. I have four nieces and a new nephew. You have been my special star and without you I would still be looking for my roots. What you have done has secured a special place in my heart for you. I wish you all the luck with your new website and I will be singing your praises for years come.
A double-whammy Success Story!! My name is Rick Stock. Born in England I now live in California USA. In March 2000 I put a message on a UK bulletin board asking for help in finding my sister who had been born in England in 1947 and adopted at birth. I had no idea of her existence until 1972 and the adoptive parents were unknown. In 2001, just when I had almost given up, I received an e-mail from Gina Gingell who had read my message and offered to try to find my sister. I gave Gina the little information that I had and hoped for the best. Well, the best happened!!! A few short months later Gina phoned me with the unbelievable news that she had found my sister Jill living in the south of France! Needless to say I was ecstatic!! But there's more to the story... I then asked Gina if she could find out who my biological father was. Gina's enquiring mind went to work again and in just a few weeks she had the answer for me. She also discovered that I had some half-siblings.. a brother and sister! In June 2002 my wife and I flew to England for an amazing family get together! We met Gina and her husband Lawrence and were able to personally thank her for her efforts. Many lifelong unanswered questions have now been laid to rest thanks to Gina. Our lives have been changed forever and without her it simply would not have happened!!! We are pleased to know that Gina now has a flourishing business, due in part to our success story. I believe we were her first case. Way to go Gina!!!!! Keep up the good work!!
What can I say about Gina? Words are inadequate to express my thanks to her for finding my birth family. I was adopted in 1944 and my childhood was not filled with the sort of warmth that made me feel loved and valued as a person. Adulthood brought occasional fits of depression and a feeling of being a non-person - rootless, nameless, without a family history of my own. Despite an extremely happy marriage and some great kids, there was still something missing. Eventually depression hit again, bad this time, but psychotherapy helped by identifying the root cause: my missing family. So I determined to find them. I have traced back on the internet and found my great grandparents and I am now researching other bits of family history. I have always been interested in this, but now it is MY family, my flesh and blood and it makes such a difference! I am looking forward with great excitement (and a little trepidation) to meeting my family at last: they have been so warm and friendly to me that I am sure it will go well. Gina, you are a real star! All this is down to you and your hard work - and your care and concern. For anyone else looking for their family, take heart - even after almost 60 years, I have found mine. It has literally changed my life. My depression has gone and I look forward to getting to know people I never thought I would meet. Thank you a million times, Gina. I shall always be indebted to you.
I was born in England and put up for adoption 43 years ago. I moved to Canada when I was ten. Seven years ago I began to search for my natural parents, without any success. Then we meet Gina on the internet and within a short period of time , I found my family. I was first reunited with my mother, then two sisters , a brother and not to mention aunts, uncles , cousins, nieces and nephews. We made the trip to Scotland in April 2003 to meet them all and needless to say our lives have changed. It was Gina's first tentative call to my mother that laid the ground work for this all to happen. We are all so grateful. Thank you!!!!!!
From Rick Stock's Sister..... Gina, thank you, thank you, thank you for finding me. How lucky it was that you were intrigued by my brother Rick's appeal on the internet. He knew I had been adopted in the UK in 1947, but living so far away in America it was difficult for him to make progress. You took on the challenge and made his dream come true. Thanks to you we are now a complete family, and no words can adequately express our happiness and gratitude. Good luck with 'born to be found'.
Thanks to Gina's perseverance, it has happened, and soon I am off to meet my birth mother in America , (who seems genuinely so pleased and happy that I have found her) for the first time since I was born nearly 56 years ago. Words cannot express how grateful I am to you Gina, I found out so much already about my family background it has been amazing. Thank you, thank you, I will always be in your debt. So to anyone out there, in the same boat as I was, Don't give up!!, I am sure Gina will be able to help you to. Good luck, and my very best wishes to you all. Again thank you Gina x x x
To find out that my Brother and Sisters had always known about me, and had tried to find me makes me feel that I was always a member of their Family, just an absent one. My elder Sister remembered my disappearance as a baby and had promised herself that one day she would track me down; as it happened, Gina tracked her for me. The reason I was given for my Adoption by my Adoptive Parents was different to the real one. I can't wind back the clock but I can now make sure every minute with my Family counts.