Finding Living Persons
Estranged or Lost Relatives and Friends
IMPRESSIVE new site! http://www.pipl.com/, and http://allfolks.com/
A couple of new sites, established in Europe. Great American coverage, though. http://www.yasni.com/ and perhaps even more complete, http://www.123people.com/. An interesting feature is that if you want to see more matches, they will email them to you. So we'll see who wins in the end!
First, search telephone records - The Ultimate White Pages: http://www.theultimates.com/white/ Be sure to play around with the search parameters. The more slots you fill out, the fewer matches you will get. Sometimes a surname and state are all you will want to enter.
Private Eye.com searches Criminal,Sex Offenders, Business, Corporation, FBN, Employment, Professional Licenses, Property, Bankruptcies & Liens, Marriage, Divorce, and Death indexes: http://www.privateeye.com/
Effective Use of City Directories: http://www.progenealogists.com/citydirectories.htm
Search Polk City Directories for 1000+ cities: http://www.daplus.us/?Partner=99990
and CityDirectory.com: http://www.citydirectory.com, also http://www.uscitydirectories.com/
Canadian City Directories: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/canadiandirectories
Montreal City Directories 1842-1999: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/montreal-city-directories-1842-1999.html
If you have an address, current or not, you may be able to use online property records: http://www.netronline.com
Do you know the approximate birthday? Try Steve Morse's Obtaining Birthdays in One Step: http://stevemorse.org/birthday/birthday2.html
Sometimes a Google Search will turn up the person's name: http://www.google.com Other search engines are useful, also. Search on the name email address, or even address/phone number!
Of course, if you have a phone number or address, you will want to do a Reverse Search: http://www.searchbug.com/ Present occupants may know where your person has moved. Google will do a simple reverse search also - just type the phone number or street address into the Google search box.
More resources - Telephone Directories and Locators: http://www.slco.lib.ut.us/TELEDIRS.HTM
Note: SuperPages, InfoSpace, Dogpile, Yahoo & Switchboard = Acxion, WhitePages = W3 Data, Inc., WhoWhere = Lycos.
About.com - Finding People - Lost Family and Friends: http://genealogy.about.com/cs/findpeople/index_2.htm
Lots of interesting categories and links at the Virtual Gumshoe: http://www.virtualgumshoe.com/
$$$ MelissaDATA's PeopleFinder: http://www.melissadata.com/cgi-bin/peoplefinder.asp
$$$ USSearch: http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/index.jsp
Tracing Living People (UK): http://www.bl.uk/collections/social/spis_tlp.html
France, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, UK, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia and the Pacific.
French Telephone Directories: http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/trouverunnom/RecherchePagesBlanches.do or http://www.infobel.com/france
Message Boards - Lost Family & Friends: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/rw/topics.lost-family-and-friends
WWII Lost & Found: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/rw/topics.Military.wwii.lostandfound
Finding People & Places: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2003/12/finding-people-and-places.html
Books: Locating Lost Family Members and Friends by Kathleen Hinckley, CGRS:
P.O. Box 740637, Arvada CO 80006-0637. (303) 422-9371, FAX (303) 456-8825. http://www.familydetective.com
Find Anyone Fast: Easy-to-Use Guide to Finding Anyone Anywhere! Including How
to Use the Internet by Richard S. Johnson & Debra Johnson Knox, Spartanburg SC. MIE Publishing: 1-800-937-2133 or MIEPUB@aol.com
How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military By Col. Richard S. Johnson
Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc.: 512-719-3595, FAX 512-719-3594, P O Box 33244, Austin, Texas 78764. http://www.pimall.com/nais/bk.mil.html
Assets Unknown by David W. Folsom, PO Box 6128, Sheridan WY 82801.
The Ultimate Search Book: Worldwide Adoption and Vital Records by Lori Carangelo: http://www.ultimatesearchbook.com/
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