How to Find a Relative in England

Written by sophie levant
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You may have cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives living in England. Whether it is to inform them of a family death, to learn more about your own roots--or to get the other side of that story your mother's been telling you--the time has come to make contact. Unfortunately, you have no idea where in England they currently dwell. With the Internet, time and perhaps a reasonable financial investment, it is entirely possible to find those long-lost relatives.

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  • Relative's information

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    Try searching through the United Kingdom's White Pages. You can find this list online at You will need your relative's last name, at the very least. While your relative may not be listed, it is always well worth a look.

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    Search through the Electoral Roll at The Electoral Roll lists information on everyone currently eligible to vote in the U.K. The website also includes information pertaining to births, deaths, marriages and property. There is a small fee to use this service.

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    Use a people search service, such as Gather as much information about the relative you are looking for beforehand, including name, birthday, and names of other family members. The charge to use the service depends on how difficult it is to locate the person. Ask for a quote first.

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    Look up the relative on MySpace, Facebook or another social networking website. While this may be a long shot, you could easily get lucky.

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