How we find a person
We use a variety of records that reveal various pieces of information about a person and use these to build a picture of the person we are looking for. Not all the records we use are available to the public, some we have to be licensed to use but if you need to find someone there are things you can do yourself.
The internet has revolutionised the way we search for people we have lost touch with. Prior to the internet if you were looking for someone chances are you had to find a telephone directory and call people with the same surname in the same area, trying to find a relative who could pass on a message or supply you with a number. Sometimes you had to phone where they used to work to see if they still worked there or if someone knew where they had gone. Finding a person online is so popular because people have seen programs like Who Do You Think You Are so many people now like to research their own family history, It’s a great way to spend an evening getting lost in your own families past is great fun but finding living people is often very difficult due to the various Data Protection and Privacy Acts that are part of the world we now live in.
Hint 1 - Google Search
Type in the name of the person you are looking for in quotation marks and see what matches appear, if the name is common add the area of your search outside the quotation marks, “Joe Blogs” Sydney. You can narrow it down further by using the postcode and in this case the state abbreviation for New South Wales, “Joe Blogs, Sydney, NSW 2000”. This is an easy way to find someone for free.
Hint 2 - Facebook
Again a great way to find someone for free, just create an account and get searching. It is currently the largest social networking site with over 1 billion active users in 2012.
Hint 3 - Friends Reunited
Is an excellent free resource for finding old friends.
Hint 4 - LinkedIn
Business owners, companies and their employees in many cases on listed LinkedIn, as it’s the Facebook site for business people.
Paying for information
As soon as you pay for your information you achieve twice as much in half the time. Once you accept that you need to spend money to access good data you will be able to move forward very quickly. We hope that these tips help you quickly get back in touch with the person you are searching for but remember at Lost Kin Research our job is finding people so if you need help don’t hesitate to contact us.