After poking my way all the way through to 970, it looked like there was nobody. I've gone more than 1/2 of the way, near 2/3s of the way with nothing. I figured I go to 1000 for now. Then, at 973, I hit upon someone who was searching for the family of his fiance'. He gave info: Born in Tampa. Check. Born at "Women's Hospital". Check. Born in Month wanted, day wanted... CHECK.
The info looked wrong, though. Looked as if the adoption was from a woman from Atlanta. That didn't make sense. I marked the page. I was tired.
A few days later, I was back on that page. I had misread. The adoption was by an Atlanta Resident...and we have a name. But there are far too many with that name. And one person has several "AKA"... which did not make sense.
But I was on the trail. I started asking for help to find the address of the person in question. With help from "FINDING IN FLORIDA" Yahoo group, I got a name and an address. I'd give it a try.
I mailed out a letter in August. One day in September, the phone rang. It was she to whom I had written. Medical problems suspected, matched. The only question left would be TIME OF DAY... and it fell, so neatly, into the time period I wanted. Hopes, WAY UP!
Trish did DNA... hopefully, something would be confirmed later. It would be months.
The more we chatted, the more I was convinced. Same hobbies! Sane medical problems. Same eye color.
I shifted focus to DNA searching for parents.A couple of matches at 23andme, but nothing I could verify because my invitations and queries went unanswered.
Finally, the day came when I uploaded to www.gedmatch.com
This proved to be vital, a tipping point for Trisha's search. But it wouldn't be enough. We needed more.