There are many situations that lead to the separation of friends and family. Circumstances such as adoption, marriage, traveling, and illness may have you seeking people from your past that you haven’t spoken to in years or even decades. It is common for people who have been adopted to search for their biological parents, but there are many other unanswered questions that leave someone looking. Things such as wanting to spread the news of a family passing or informing someone of a disease you acquired. Financial, medical, or personal, whatever the reason may be, we are here to support and help your decision of searching.

Who benefits from a search?

Adoption

Many children who have been adopted often hear about this news during an age they can understand what it means and can handle it emotionally. It is tough finding out that your parents actually are not your biological ones. Many’s instinct will be to find their actual father or mother and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Seeking them would be able to answer many questions that could even be able to save a life. Knowing family history and medical details are highly important for not only you, but if you have children as well.

Reuniting with Family

Not only do people seek for their parents, but it can also be a reversed situation. Also finding siblings and other close relatives, such as first cousins, can be very fulfilling. It could happen during a divorce that a parent receives full custody of a child, this could lead to never seeing their other siblings for many years until they become an adult.

Rekindling Old Friendships

We all have had a childhood best friend and if you are still close with them, you’re lucky. It is so common once we are in our twenties for friendships to fade. It is also okay to miss these people in our lives. You might be wondering how they are doing in life, do they have a family, or if they would be open to catching up if they are still located nearby. Sometimes the opportunities to talk with old friends are impossible because they moved away and the contact number for them is unknown.

How To Find Someone?

How do you find these people in your life? This can be an easy or very difficult process, depending on what information you have already. Situations where you are looking for a contact address and number are much more simple than those looking for birth parents.

Search Engines

It is amazing the information you can pull from the internet these days. Using Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask, you are able to obtain different results. This may easily lead you to the person’s address or phone number. A tip to improve the relevance of search results is to put your search phrase in quotation marks, such as “Kim Jones”. A less popular search engine is Zabasearch and it may provide a lot of information for you if the person you are seeking is a U.S. citizen. Switchboard is also a resourceful website to use.

Social Media

These days everyone and their mother seems to have some sort of social networking profile. Whether it is Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, or Instagram, you may be able to find the person you are looking for through these. All you need is a first and last name and to be able to recognize a photo of the person, for the best results.

Public and State Records

Using information that is accessible by everyone may help lead you in the right direction. Many public records contain criminal history, court cases for divorce, marriage filings, or even real estate and tax information. State records that you can utilize include bankruptcy, birth, or death records. As well as worker’s compensation records.

Hiring a Private Investigator

A private investigator will offer various investigation services. A PI is someone who will use the previous sources, get information from family and friends, make calls and even move to the place the missing person is suspected to live in.

Finding someone can be a tedious and tiring task, but once successful, it can be life changing.