How to Find Lost Friends in England

Updated April 12, 2017

Many people who travel to England lose contact with friends and relatives for a variety of reasons. It is not unusual for their friends and family to worry, too. You do not have to be a private detective to search for lost friends anywhere in the world. All you need is some basic personal information and a place to start looking. To find lost friends in England, try to do the following:

Think about the last time you saw them. It is a good idea to sit and think about what happen between you and your friends the last time you had contact with them. Before you start looking for them, ask yourself if you really believe your friends want to be found. If so, start making calls.

Have personal information about your lost friends to quickly facilitate any kind of search that will involve people other than family members. You should have any relevant information like name, date of birth, an employer and National Insurance Number (NIN), for example. It may be a good idea to have their family names and numbers, too. Skype is a free software program that will enable you to make Internet phone calls for free.

Search public records. If your friends have been employed, went to church, had a baby or paid taxes, chances are there will be a record of it somewhere. The National Archives of the United Kingdom and Information Management has census, birth, adoption, marriage, death and various other records that can help you find lost friends in England.

Contact a reunion group. There are a few reunion groups who specialise in helping people find their lost friends in England. Friends Reunited and are two of the more popular avenues. You can contact these associations either by telephone or online.

Call the authorities. There are several law enforcement and other government agencies throughout the United Kingdom. Those who might be able to help are: the British Transport Police, HM Customs and Exise Office and the National Identification Services. Any British tax or property offices can help, as well.


Contact a private investigator or trace agency to help you find lost friends in England.


Only involve British law-enforcement if you truly believe it to be necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Access
  • Local and Long Distance Telephone Service
  • Time and patience
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About the Author

Vaughnlea Leonard started her professional writing and editing career in 2005. Her work has appeared in "Press Journal," "Atlantic Publishing Company" and "Hometown News and Florida Today." A former military police enlistee and Florida certified educator, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.