Richard W. Connelly, Sr.

Author Richard W. Connelly, Sr., Denver, North Carolina


Richard proudly presents Bloodline Detective,

The True Story of a Man Seeking the Love

of a Mother He Never Knew


In youth, we look forward to accomplishments not yet achieved. In maturity, we look back on achievements fully accomplished.


Unlike many mature men and women, my greatest accomplishment in life was not marriage and having children, though my four children are precious to me and my marriage was a great learning experience.


My first and greatest accomplishment was recognizing my alcoholism by removing denial, humbling my heart and taking sobriety in earnest. My second was building a family and bringing wonderful children into the world. My third was discovering my biological mother.


Mothers are the heart of a home. They not only give birth to a new family line, but give their children purpose. Even if mothers are impatient, critical, demanding or judgmental, their very presence gives children a sense of family and the desire to belong.

For many reasons, I did not feel as if I belonged in my adopted family. Perhaps this was because I was originally taken in on sufferance, not as a son but as a companion for a boy who had already been adopted. However, this was not the inspiration for the diligent search that led to my maternal roots.


Ill health and concerns about my future inspired me to delve into genealogical records that were not easily available. Once the Pandora’s Box of such research was open, I could not contain my curiosity. It was as if I were born with the seeds of a genealogical detective dormant in my heart. Successful research brought a garden of possibilities into bloom. These possibilities resulted in heartwarming discoveries.

Some led to closed doors or dead ends. All provided an education in humanity that was empowering and worthwhile.

This was my journey. This is my life!


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  • MRGARET (Monday, February 23 15 12:32 am EST)

    Rich, I am so excited that you are writing a screenplay for your book. This opportunity could not come to a better or more deserving author.Your journey, in print, has been an inspiration to all who have read it. Your screenplay will touch more lives and inspire even more people. When will you know the details of this screenplay? Keep us posted.

    Best of luck to a most deserving man and a fine author.


  • Melitta (Sunday, February 08 15 12:16 pm EST)

    Bless you for having the courage to find your roots. You are to be congratulated for sure, by giving many others the confidence to do the same

  • SW (Wednesday, February 04 15 08:35 am EST)

    Richard, I have read your book several times. I have an adopted son, who has been searching for his birth mother for years. After he read your book, it gave him hope that he, too may be able to finally locate her.Thank you for sharing your journey. I heard you are writing a screenplay for your book. How exciting. Can not wait on your second book. An inspiration to all who has read your work. Best of luck

  • Patricia Thackston (Monday, January 26 15 05:59 pm EST)

    I would like to find this book and read it!Such dedication to finding your biological mother!

  • Joan P. Hopp aka/ Ruby Diana (Saturday, January 24 15 04:48 pm EST)

    Your journey is very much like my own. Surprisingly, God led me also to places I could never have dreamed of.
    We come to this earth for a purpose... I have learned along the way. Whether our natural born parents do a good job or not, we are not here by mistake. They are simply the vessels to get us here; to do what God has intended us to do...
    It is a painful journey until one realizes this. We, who are without our parents, relatives e.g. siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, can, and will feel deprived. That is, until we spot the magnificent hand of God in the plan of our lives. Then, we feel LOVED, PROTECTED, and SPECIAL.
    Looking forward to reading this book, and I will promote it and its author, because of its value.

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  • Heidi Copsetta-Dean (Tuesday, December 09 14 04:17 pm EST)

    Dear Richard,

    I would like to know when your second book will be out. I loved your story and would love to read your continuation. Your first book was great. I read it in one day. Could not put it down. Thank you so much. Your journey was heart wrenching. I think that your journey will help many who are about to give up. I am so glad that you did not. My Aunt is anxiously waiting for your next book also. She bought me your first book. I'd love to buy her your second book on your long journey.

    Heidi Dean

  • Cynthia (Saturday, November 29 14 08:16 pm EST)

    You did a great job in writing your autobiography. You gave such an articulate account of you life's experiences, it allowed the reader to visualize your written words. The added pictures were a plus Your book might make an interesting movie.

  • Frances A. Laughter (Tuesday, October 21 14 05:24 pm EDT)

    Thank you for your brutally honest account of your life journey in search of a mother you never knew. It shows perseverance, great courage and integrity on your part.
    Your use of metaphors, analogies, and vivid imagery immediately engages the reader and offers encouragement and insight. I couldn't put it down until the last word was read. The theme of "Neediness" runs throughout and identifies the cause for so many of our actions. Your references to God and use of scripture were appropriately placed and appreciated. I am delighted that you plan another book soon.

  • Diane (Monday, September 22 14 06:27 pm EDT)

    What an inspiration! Your book was wonderful, Rich. It made me so sad at times and yet I found myself being so proud of you (and I don't really even know you) for how you picked yourself up, with the help of our amazing God, and found the meaningful life you were meant to know. What a success story!...Thank you for being so honest.

  • Arminda (Friday, September 05 14 10:48 am EDT)

    Richard, your story touched my heart and like the song says:
    “how did you keep from going crazy?”

    My heart sank profoundly with some of the tests you had to endure for all the unjustified rejections you had to go through since the moment of your birth. (Brought tears to my eyes). But, at the end you were victorious, you didn’t win the battles, but you won the war. God Bless You, because you, like every human being on earth deserves to be happy and loved, as our Father in Heaven wants us to be, that is our most precious and most important heritage.
    “I raise my hands, bow my head
    I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red
    They tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see
    Oh I believe” -

  • Gaye McGinnis (Wednesday, September 03 14 01:15 pm EDT)

    Anxiously awaiting my autographed copy of your book. God's Blessings on you now and in your future.

  • Nora L. Young (Sunday, August 17 14 01:28 am EDT)

    Can't wait to read it.

  • gail smathers (Thursday, August 14 14 04:38 pm EDT)

    So proud of the great person you have become.

  • Nora L. Young (Tuesday, August 12 14 04:50 pm EDT)

    WOW! A great story.

  • JUNE NORTH (Friday, July 04 14 12:41 pm EDT)

    Richard I am so very happy for all you have accomplished.
    I am your friend from Bermuda

  • Susan Claytor (Saturday, June 28 14 10:51 pm EDT)

    Richard, your book, “Bloodline Detective”, was extremely captivating to me! I never wanted to put it down because I couldn’t wait to see what you discovered next! Every page kept my undivided attention.
    Your journey was unbelievable from beginning to end!
    The entire book was easy to read and VERY well-written and am sure anyone else would say the same thing!
    I will anxiously be awaiting the next book!
    As for myself, I would call it a Best Seller already!
    Susan Claytor

  • sri suci lestari (Saturday, June 21 14 11:38 am EDT)

    My dear friend Richard,I am speechless,just wanna say you're a real gentleman with good heart and soul. I am longing to read your book.

  • sue (Friday, June 06 14 09:51 am EDT)

    Now I know the connection my Grandfather was orphaned with his sister after a tragic accident. He became a successful business man who also was a handsome man who was and is my most admired person. Know I know can't wait to read the book

  • Barbra Quadrini (Friday, June 06 14 06:30 am EDT)

    I am looking forward to reading this book. since I was there in the beginning.

  • G (Saturday, May 31 14 01:18 pm EDT)

    Margaret also sent me to your website! The book sounds very interesting ... I look forward to reading it.

  • Donna (Friday, May 30 14 08:07 pm EDT)

    I agree with Shirley, I read her comment. I am impressed with all the people your story may help. In the end will anyone know you completely or just sides you show them. People that have been through your experience and become successful and have great heart and soul. They also grow up becoming camelions. Continue on your journey Richard. My best to you

  • Kelly Ellis (Saturday, May 24 14 11:42 am EDT)

    Margaret told me to check out your website. I'm looking forward to reading Bloodline Detective!

  • glenis (Thursday, May 22 14 08:25 am EDT)

    I want to read this book sounds fascinating

  • Linda Becker (Saturday, May 03 14 08:41 am EDT)

    Richard,Margaret was right ..Your book sounds terrific. We are all anxious to get our copies, just from reading the excerpt.Best of luck for a job well done . Linda Becker

  • Hal Sain (Thursday, May 01 14 10:44 pm EDT)

    Richard, I feel I know you from the things Margaret has told me about you and your book.She insisted I go to your Website. I now know why. I too, was orphaned and adopted.I have felt all my life something had been missing. I have felt cheated. It was only after reading a small part of your book, that I feel
    someone truly understands.I can not wait to read Bloodline Detective. Please let me know as soon as it is available. Best of luck on your book, and I commend you for your perseverance.

  • Tim Calvert (Thursday, May 01 14 12:59 pm EDT)

    Margaret Derrick, a lovely lady and mutual friend, told me about your book. It shows a lot of feeling, passion and pure determination. Looking forward to reading it in its entirety and hopefully one day meeting you.” Good Luck, Tim Calvert,

  • margaret Derrick (Monday, April 28 14 12:44 pm EDT)

    Fantastic journey,should be a great book, by a wonderful man. Should touch the hearts of anyone who is adopted. Can not wait til it is on the market.

  • Andre Chernovetz (Friday, April 25 14 11:17 am EDT)

    So very proud of Richard, my dear friend whom deserves all the Blessing life can give. I'm so very proud of you & only wish you the best I life. Bless you !! Andrea

  • Sterling Savage (Sunday, April 13 14 01:18 pm EDT)

    Although we idealize the role of "mother" there are nurturing qualities that an individual may have toward a child which are more important than the biological incident of birth. As a teacher of children, I have "nurtured" my students when the biological parents weren't emotionally available for them. I hope your book gives credit where it is due. . .to the people who nurtured the character and made it possible for him to evolve as a balanced individual. Hope you find a publisher.

  • Dominic Pawinski (Friday, April 11 14 08:51 am EDT)

    Great cover verbiage, would really love to read your writings

  • Sheri Z. Stewart (Thursday, March 27 14 12:56 pm EDT)

    Hi Richard, I was orphaned at 9 weeks of age. I was never adopted, but I was raised from age 1 year to almost 16 years of age. I located my biological father in 2001 and discovered he had passed away in 2000. Finding my biological mother's whereabouts has proven more difficult and unfruitful. I am anxious to read your story; I was unable to 'take a sneak preview'.

  • 12happytime (Monday, March 24 14 01:21 pm EDT)

    Richard, this book sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read it. While reading what you were telling us about it I could feel your pain. I could just imagine not having my mother's love in my life. Your writing is so beautiful.

  • Jean (Tuesday, March 18 14 07:40 pm EDT)

    Can't wait to read!

  • Chris Anderson (Sunday, March 16 14 06:30 pm EDT)

    Uncle Rich I cant wait to read your book.Love you Chrissy

  • Dianna (Sunday, March 09 14 12:12 am EST)

    How touching, heartbreaking yet inspirational...The strength you have within amazes me. You are a very talented writer. The choice to share, your life story will be a gift to others.

  • Gaye McGinnis (Saturday, March 08 14 09:26 pm EST)

    When and where can I get it? Sounds sadly intriguing and I'd love to read it.

  • Nita Wilson (Friday, March 07 14 04:20 pm EST)

    Truly awesome Rich, the honesty of your words. I surely wish you and I had had the opportunity for more talk about who we are and how far we've come.

  • Karen Haupricht (Thursday, March 06 14 10:48 am EST)

    I can't wait to read your book. We have many things in common.

  • Wanda Lane (Wednesday, March 05 14 10:38 pm EST)

    I'm interested...My gut impression about you was correct. A very distinguished, intelligent man. Your eyes will tell me the rest.

  • Debi Garrison (Wednesday, March 05 14 10:10 am EST)

    I can't wait to read your book and hear your story. I am sure you felt like a detective.

  • Linda A. Elrod (Wednesday, March 05 14 09:30 am EST)

    Richard, I'm so impressed! I cannot wait to read your book. Is it possible to get a copy in advance?

  • Arminda Resto (Tuesday, March 04 14 08:05 pm EST)

    My heart shrunk just by reading the introduction to your book, and felt impelled to know more about this beautiful story. Perhaps is because I have an adopted cousin whom I love very dearly, and wonder if he has ever met his real parents.

    Do tell me, where would you be selling your book so that I may buy it.

  • Ana Esquivel (Sunday, March 02 14 06:07 pm EST)

    Hi Richard I would love to read this book is a truly inspiration for many of us that for one reason or another did not get to know one of our parents.

  • Terry Wilcoxon (Friday, February 28 14 07:39 pm EST)

    Hi Richard!
    This is a wonderful book and a great way to learn more about you! I can't wait to read!!

  • Mindy Curley (Friday, February 28 14 08:14 am EST)

    Sounds fascinating since I knew very little about your past. I think you are one of many with the same desire to know their real lineage, but few have the drive and desire to pursue. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  • Nancy Runnion (Thursday, February 27 14 04:54 pm EST)

    Loved your website and looking forward to the book.

  • Mette Huntley (Thursday, February 27 14 08:31 am EST)

    Looking forward to reading your book. What I have read so far is very well written, captures your interest, and you want to read more. Great accomplishment!!

  • Frank Teodosio (Wednesday, February 26 14 08:37 pm EST)

    Rich there are many who will be very interested I am sure because it hits home with many. I wish you good luck with it and will watch for it.

  • Darlene (Wednesday, February 26 14 07:56 pm EST)

    Being childhood friends with the author of this book has given me a slight advantage knowing what his early and teen years were like and some of difficulties he faced never really feeling like he belonged. Richard has shared some very personal details of his life and his struggles to succeed but with some hesitation, never knowing how he will be judged. My interest in reading this book has become a personal insight to the man I know and call "friend". Great intro. Can't wait for publication.

  • Linda (Wednesday, February 26 14 06:21 pm EST)

    Richard ,
    I hope all good returns come from publishing your book .. Life is not fair at times .. In your case you had no choice .. Only to be grateful that someone picked you to be part of their family ... You are no different than millions of abandon babies .. You were one of the lucky ones ... I hope this will change your heart ..
    Many blessings ...


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  • Lynn Henderson (Thursday, October 09 14 08:18 am EDT)

    Family is very important to the nurturing Cancer. Intriqued by your story...want to read your book.


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  • Barbra Quadrini (Sunday, October 05 14 02:39 am EDT)

    Rich, I am reading your book for the second time. Hoping to gain more insight into you and how you think. This is a great first book. I am always in your corner, always wishing you only the best. Looking forward to your second book. Always only the best. Barbra

  • Brenda Beard (Monday, September 01 14 08:45 am EDT)

    So far you have left me speechless and wanting to know to know more about ,I find you very wanting and hoping at least I will get the chance to meet you .Good luck Brenda