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Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life's Greatest Family Mysteries

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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In this poignant and heartwarming narrative, renowned genealogist Pamela Slaton tells the most striking stories from her incredibly successful career of reconnecting adoptees with long-lost birth parents
After a traumatic reunion with her own birth mother, Pamela Slaton realized two things: That she wanted to help other adoptees have happier reunions
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pleasant series of anecdotal stories about adoptees who have reunited with birth mothers, birth brothers, birth fathers, and birth sisters. It's interesting if you look at it from a nature/nurture standpoint, which the author frequently points out: Some reunited blood relatives discover mannerisms and looks in common, but their disparate upbringings often mean that their intellects and belief systems are quite different from each other. Relationships become works in progress.

It's an amazing
Jocelyn Green
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
With a subtitle of, "An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life's Greatest Family Mysteries," I was expecting some more universal take-aways in this book. Instead, it's a collection of stories from the author's experience tracking down birth parents or children that were given up for adoption, and what those reunions (and aftermath) were like. It was still interesting, but I was just hoping for some broader themes about family DNA to add some deeper insights.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew firsthand about this gem of an author when I was led to her by one of the adoptees whose story she tells in this book.
I am an adoptee and had been sporadically searching for my birth mother for almost 20 years. I am also an actress and a random tweet to a casting director changed my life. I was introduced to Pamela Slaton by Sheila Jaffe, reluctantly hired her and three weeks later my birth mother had been foundstill alive at 95!!! That was two years ago. Im just now getting around to
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book in so many ways, but especially because Pamela Slayton is the person who "found us" for our cousin, Mike, whose remarkable story is featured in one of the chapters. She is brilliant at her work, successfully reuniting adoptees and birth parents. She is also a great advocate for the importance of the search for adoptees as a key piece of their history that completes what is often a lifelong puzzle. The stories are achingly heartfull and I appreciated that she not only told ...more
Patsy Crawford
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it slowly to remember a few things that Pamela did in finding missing relatives. I cried when they were found. I cried when they were reunited. I cried when they said 'no thanks - not interested' - I loved the book.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-christina
Interesting book and some good stories, but I didn't care for the author's tone. Adoption is fascinating.....
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting to read something written by someone who helps adoptees find their birth families. She provides a needed service!
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a very interesting book, especially if you are someone who has had the issue of adoption touch your life.
Jan Cole
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life's Greatest Family Mysteries. by Pamela Slaton is a collection of cases Ms. Slaton worked on to help adoptees reunite with birth families. She is realistic when she tells them that not every bio parent wants to be found, as she discovered for herself. Her biological mother wanted no contact and had lived a very rough life.

However, Ms. Slaton did find some half siblings through DNA, some she has a relationship with and others shared the
Shelly Boltz-Zito
Amazing, wonderful, heartfelt

This is a book that you have to read Asap! I want to contact Pamela myself and maybe hopefully she can help me find my brother that was given up for adoption over 50 years ago. I cried, laughed, smiled during the reading of this. The pain of adoption affects the entire family and it can be painful for all when searching but it's not done to hurt anybody. This is a great book that is informational and educational as well as pills on your heart. Any adopted or family
Christopher Langford
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book for an adoptee to read. There are great nuggets of information in it about the time, place and cultural norms surrounding adoptions. One short statement about Colorado being a hotbed for unwed mothers to birth and surrender their infants gave me a plausible reason for a girl from Alabama to travel all the way to CO in 1924 to hide her pregnancy. Also, the many experiences of adoptees and birth parents looking for and connecting with found family is fascinating. I feel better ...more
Linda Bodenlos
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very straightforward and truthful sharing of real searches for adoptees. The examples give hope to one who has been searching for my husband's birth parents who actually gave him away in 1946 without an adoption. We have been working for over 15 years to find more info. This book is just the motivation needed to try again. I am amazed that Pamela can use her methods and resources to often quickly find the missing.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed watching some of her documentaries/segments on 20/20, and the stories themselves were interesting, but wasn't quite as emotionally gripping as getting to watch it on TV.
Jeff Dow
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I loved the stories; her writing style was a bit too conversational for me. That said, what a roller coaster of emotions, some were heartwarming while other just heartwrenching.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
For some reason, I just love adoption reunion stories I am a sucker for them. This is an interesting book full of anecdotes of successful searches conducted by the author.
Ann Schmidt
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The author has a gift for searching and also for explaining the emotions and feelings involved in being an adult adoptee. Great stories with a variety of outcomes.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a genealogist and researcher, I helped my husband find his birth family, along with my own clients; there are those that have been unfound, though. I have been fortunate to see wonderful and rewarding reunions. Pamela's book is a reminder that each case is unique and to never give up the search, even when you face dead ends. Slaton's positive personality rings through each diverse case. I love the wrapped up "lessons learned" section at the end of each chapter, ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of interesting, breezily told stories of adoptees searching for their birth parents and/or siblings. However, the blurb is misleading when it mentions the identical twins who were separated as part of a secret research project. That was not one of Ms. Slaton's cases, and she never even mentions the book that was written by the women, Identical Strangers. Another thing I did not like was that no resources were listed--no web sites, no books, nothing. In other words, though it's ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much, but then I was looking for something different from my usual murder mysteries, and am in to genealogy. I liked the multiple stories throughout the book, and the author weaving in tidbits from her own hunt.
Doretta Irwin
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like non-fiction, adoption reunion stories, this book is for you! The author is very honest to admit that not all reunions end happily, but even the unhappy endings answer questions for those who are searching for answers to who they are genetically related to.

Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Glad I read this book. Adoption stories are fascinating...
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Pamela Slaton is an adoptee who, with scant information, discovered her birth parents over two decades ago. When she first began my search, there were barely any services available to those looking for clues. After discovering her birth parents, she started volunteering her experiences to local adoptee support groups before being hired as the New York contact for a major adoption finder agency.

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