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to Track Down Long-Lost Friends
Before you begin your search, a good first step is to jot down any information
you can remember or find out about the people you’re trying to locate.
Things like their full name (maiden and married), age or birth date, last known
address or phone number, old e-mail address, names of family members, etc. Knowing
details can help you turn up clues while you search.
After you compile some information, a good place to start your search is at google.com.
Just type in the person’s first and last name in quotation marks to indicate
you’re searching for a specific phrase – for example, “John
Unless your friend has a unique name, you’re likely to get dozens of results.
You can narrow your search by adding other criteria like their middle initial
or middle name, the city or state they may live in, or even their occupation.
You can also do an advanced Google search at google.com/advanced_search, which
helps you specify your search for better results.
Some other free people search websites to try are pipl.com, wink.com and zabasearch.com.
Or for a few dollars, you can search a little deeper at sites like intelius.comand peoplefinders.com.
In addition to these search engines, try social networking and affinity sites
where your friend may have registered, like facebook.com, twitter.com, linkedIn.comand classmates.com.
Another option is to check out high school alumni Web sites. Not every school
has its own site, but some do, and you can look for it by going to any search
engine and typing in the name of the school with the city and state it’s
located in. You can also search at alumniclass.com, a huge hosting site for thousands
of high schools across the U.S.
If you’re looking for old college friends, your university alumni association
may be able to help. While they probably won’t give you the contact information
of the person you’re looking for, they may be able to forward a message
If you’re looking for someone you served with in the military, military.com
offers a free “Buddy Finder” service that has a database of more
than 20 million records.
And if the person you’re looking for is politically active, the Federal
Election Commission’s Web site (fec.gov) lists the addresses, ZIP codes
and occasionally even the occupations of those who have given $250 or more to
a national campaign.
If you can’t find any current information about the person you’re
searching for, it could be that he or she is dead. To find out if that’s
the case, several sites including familysearch.org and tributes.com offer free
access to the Social Security Death Index, a listing of around 90 million deaths
in the United States. Legacy.com also adds a database of published obituaries
from hundreds of American newspapers.
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