When it comes to tracking down a lost family member, you have more avenues to explore than you think. You can use search sites, social media, workplace records, college records, public records, specialized social networks, and more.
People Search Sites
You can search for people on CheckPeople.com or similar sites for traces of your lost family member. This service will comb all the public records available online so you don’t need to look manually, which can take ages without yielding results. To use such sites, you simply need the person’s name and place of birth to get started. A search of public records will reveal details about any name changes, marriages, divorces, or even a criminal record.
You can find a lost family member through an online genealogy service. In fact, some people who use such sites can even learn about a relative they didn’t know they had. Some services offer DNA testing to confirm findings in online databases. You might consider getting a DNA test – these have reunited siblings and children with parents on many occasions.
Social Network Sites
Don’t hesitate to use sources such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also, don’t overlook the possibilities less popular social media can offer. You can track a lost relative on Facebook, even if they don’t have a profile themselves or their profile is private. An acquaintance, a coworker, or a friend of theirs with a profile might have referred to them on social media. What’s more, you can use Facebook to find members of your extended family and reach out to them about your lost relative.
You can also search for this person based on their place of birth or where they went to college or high school. Any information you have will be helpful. You will also discover groups with which they might be affiliated. As such, you can ask people in the group or groups for information about them.
College or Employment Records
If you know where they’ve worked, you can also contact the company. It’s worth trying, even though most businesses won’t divulge the personal details of current or former employees. Information is priceless in any people’s search. The most important step is collecting as much information as you can about your lost relative. Anything can prove helpful: a memory of their favorite game, hobby, or interest. You should also try to recall their likes and dislikes.
Ask Your Mutual Friends and Relatives
You can also get in touch with any mutual friends you had and other relatives who could provide you the answers about this person’s whereabouts. Talk to former coworkers in case you happen to have the same job or worked at the same company as them. You might have gone to the same school or been on the same sports team. It doesn’t matter if your lost family member was still a child when you last saw them.
You might also know what their parents do or did for a living. We often find a lot more than we imagined as we begin tracing someone’s steps. You might learn about a close relative you didn’t know you had in the process, such as a cousin, an aunt, or an uncle. Moreover, you can contact your cousins, siblings, uncles, aunts, parents, and/or grandparents and ask whether they know anything about your lost relative’s whereabouts.