For many people the easy days of summer are the perfect time for road trips to their old hometowns or schools. Relatives get together for reunions and picnics and there is a sunny feeling of reconnection and family. But if someone dear to your heart is missing from your life or if you’ve lost touch with a special person from the past, the summer can be bittersweet.
If this were 1967 and you were looking for a long lost friend it would require some serious digging and leg work and a whole lot of luck, but today there are so many great online services like Advanced People Search.com where you can find who you’re looking for from the ease and comfort of your home.
The first thing you want to do is get all of the info you may already have or know about the person. You can start with name, mother’s maiden name or last known address. If you don’t have much basic info start by making a list of those who might have an idea of where your long lost friend or relative may be. Start with their friends and relatives. Find out if any of their old neighbors still live on the same street. Don’t rule anyone out. You never know who might hold the one clue you need.
If you have extraordinary amounts of extra time you can try sifting through google and Facebook, but if like most of us you are busy with work and family, it makes more sense to start with a quality people search engine so you can tap into and research any of the valuable data you do have. Sometimes just one phone number, street address or email address is exactly what will reconnect you in one way or another with that friend or relative.
Searches that access public records can truly yield a wealth of information that may help you find who you’re looking for, but keep in mind that juvenile and adoption records are not accessible. In those cases the search can be more challenging but certainly not impossible. If the person you’re searching for is homeless you may still be able to find a mailing address for them by starting with photos and last known addresses.
In any case, once you do find that special someone you should be respectful of their space. Send out a letter or email to be sure they are ready to reconnect with you as well and if they are, get together and find out what they’ve been up to all of these years.