How has it got to November already!

Another year is almost over and what a year it has been.

There is lots going on here at FinderMonkey, but this Newsletter isn’t about us, its about you and how we can help you.

What’s new?

This year we’ve taken on more and more DNA work. This started with searches when our client didn’t know their fathers name or anything about him. We now use DNA on all our blood relatives’ searches. It really is a great way to find lost relatives and build our family trees.

What’s in a name?

We’ve been called FinderMonkey since we started in 2008. In that time a lot has changed in the world, and lots has changed in our service too. Now it just doesn’t seem fitting for the work we do and the experience we have. So, we are changing it! The new name is TOP SECRET, but all will be revealed shortly.

Solicitor searches

We’re doing more and more genealogy type work for Probate solicitors. Now you might not be a solicitor but it must give you some comfort to think we are so highly regarded. It certainly makes us feel proud. Of course your search is equally important to us.

Adoption searches

Our sister company Joanna North Associates do all our adoption searches. They are members of CASA – The Consortium of Adoption Support Agencies. Joanna North Associates is an Ofsted Outstanding Adoption Support Agency. If you are looking for a relative and adoption is involved, then it would be JNA who undertake your search.

Team Member Spotlight

Tom White

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Tom is our new Trace Consultant. It is Tom’s job to speak to you about your search and how we can help you. He’ll be able to give you advice and ensure that we explain the best service to get you the answers you are looking for.

If you arrange a call back with us, chances are it will be Tom you speak to.

Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison – 5 years. Sue is our intermediary expert. She is undertaking another course next week on Intermediary work to ensure she continues to provide a supportive and safe intermediary service for all our clients. If you choose to use us to carry out a search for you then.

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We continue to have our weekly safeguarding sessions with Dr Joanna North to ensure we are delivering a service that is safe and supportive for our clients, the people we find and for us too. If you use our service you’ll get the benefit of that too.

The numbers

Weekly new clients average – 20 per week

People found affected by Adoption – 101

Old friends found – 121

Other successful searches completed this year – 147

Did you know

Next year will be 14 years since the first FinderMonkey website was born.


Its not too late to find a friend or family member in time for Christmas but if that thought freaks you out, remember that we can do the search at your own pace. If you decide you want a time out on your search, we can place a hold on it.

You can also give the gift of reuniting someone you love with someone they love this Christmas with a FinderMonkey Voucher.


Don’t forget to listen to our amazing Podcast. Listen to stories and get advice on all aspects of the field of tracing and intermediary services.

Find our podcast here


We are here for you. Our job is to help you get answers. To find who you are looking for so you can feel complete, get answers, have a companion or anything else.

We’ll support both you and them so that you can move forward in a way that works for you both.

Call James and Tom on the front desk for details of costs relating to our people searches – both for adoption (Ofsted registered) and for ordinary family tracing.  0113 282 5900

This is our most successful video ever, it’s has been viewed on Facebook over 1 MILLION times!