Pam Slaton: “Searching for …”

Pam Slaton, host of "Searching for ..."
Pam Sla­ton

Update: 9 March 2011

I am not Pam Sla­ton, and do not even know her. A lot of folks are post­ing here think­ing they are con­tact­ing Pam, but, unfor­tu­nately, they are not. I wish I could pass infor­ma­tion on to her, but I am not in touch with her.

This was news to me: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN tele­vi­sion net­work has a show that fol­lows a pro­fes­sional geneal­o­gist. The show, enti­tled “Search­ing for …” runs Mon­day nights at 9/8 Cen­tral. Pam Sla­ton, the geneal­o­gist the show focused on helps reunite the adopted with their birth fam­i­lies, and other fam­ily mem­bers with one another after they have been sep­a­rated for some time and lost touch with one another.

On the OWN site, they write:

“Search­ing For… is a doc­u­men­tary series that fol­lows the real-life work of Pam Sla­ton, a pro­fes­sional inves­tiga­tive geneal­o­gist, stay-at-home mom and New Jer­sey housewife.

View­ers can expect an intensely per­sonal ride when cam­eras fol­low Pam and her clients through each step as they track down lost loved ones. Each searcher’s story is dif­fer­ent, and the results are unpre­dictable and emo­tion­ally charged. Whether Pam’s clients find a joy­ous reunion, painful rejec­tion or tragic loss, they all walk away with the clo­sure they were des­per­ate to find.

Pam Slaton’s career as a pro­fes­sional inves­tiga­tive geneal­o­gist began nearly 20 years ago. Want­ing to find her own birth mother, Pam hired to a pro­fes­sional searcher. The expe­ri­ence was the most dev­as­tat­ing of her life, and Pam vowed that no one else should have to go through what she did. She keeps her own pain in mind when help­ing clients on their jour­neys. And her results are astound­ing! Pam has an 85 per­cent suc­cess rate, fol­lows a strict “no find, no pay” pol­icy, and is one of the most sought-after pro­fes­sional searchers in the country.”

I will have to take a look.

One of the key aspects of geneal­ogy shows, which this one looks to have in spades, is an emo­tional com­po­nent that most non-genealogists seem to not expect. With a focus on re-uniting liv­ing peo­ple, Pam Slaton’s niche in geneal­ogy seems to be focused directly on emo­tional con­tent which should drive the show. Unfor­tu­nately, I don’t know how many peo­ple know about this show.

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