How to Find My Real Dad

Written by andrea griffith
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How to Find My Real Dad
Explore different ways to find your biological father. (father and son. image by Harvey Hudson from

Many children grow up in single-parent households. Some of these children, whether early in their teens or well into adulthood, may seek out their fathers. Although it hasn't become easier, the Internet has opened new doors to finding relatives. The wide use of the Internet and social networking sites has given children new opportunities and easier avenues to reach out to their long-lost fathers.

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    Speak with your mother and other relatives. Your mom may have a lot of information that she just never told you. With your mother's help, you may get enough information to start your search. Some of the information you'll need to conduct a thorough search are: your father's full name, his date of birth, social security number and any information about where he might currently live.

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    Locate your birth certificate. Your birth certificate should list your father's full name and social security number. If you cannot find your birth certificate, you can request a copy of it.

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    Determine if your father is still alive. You can do a quick Social Security Death Index search to find out if your father is deceased or still living. Type his last name followed by his first name and social security number into the appropriate boxes. Hit "OK."

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    Search public records of where he is currently living. If you do not know where he currently resides, search the records in states/cities where he's lived before. Go to the state's website where you believe he is or has lived. The public records will tell you if he's been married, bought a house, been arrested, bought a company, etc. This can give you some clues into his past (or perhaps his present) and where he might be.

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    Create an account or log into the social networking sites you belong to. Millions of people are members of sites like MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, and he might be a member as well. When logged in, do a "People Search." Type his full name into the search box, and click "OK." Unless he has an unusual name, you will probably receive several hits. You can limit your search if you know what city and/or state he lives in, and you can also eliminate those people you know are definitely not him.

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