To find lost family members, all you need is an Internet connection. In the past, the search for missing relatives required leg work and travel. Whether you did the research yourself or hired an investigator, the process was lengthy and expensive.
To find a lost relative, it is helpful to know as much about the person as possible, but do not let lack of information intimidate you. The more information, the easier the search, but once you start digging, you will find more information. So, don't wait to get started. Begin by tracking down this information:
1. Note the missing person's name, nicknames or name changes due to marriage.
2. Find a social security number and photograph to make it easier to find a loved one, but they are not necessary.
3. Narrow your search to a state or region.
Find lost family on the InternetThe Internet has made many things in life easier, including finding lost family. There are many public databases that you can search for free, and others that require a small fee. Both allow you to conduct your search in the privacy of your home.
Cast a wide net to find lost loved onesIt can be difficult to find lost loved ones in a country as large as the United States. If an Internet search doesn't provide you with answers, post your missing person's information on usernet newsgroups or websites that seek to connect family members.
Finding loved ones may require professional helpIf your search to find lost loved ones has left you empty handed, it may be necessary to bring in professional help. This does not have to be expensive. Online help is more affordable than traditional private investigation.
- To find a lost relative, do not overlook the obvious options. Conduct a Google search with the person's first and last name in italics. Contact the post office at the person's last known address, and the alumni office at the missing person's alma mater.
- Begin the process with a free search for lost love ones, but expect to pay for addresses and phone numbers.