Finding someone you know and love is easier than ever thanks to the World Wide Web. Before the Internet was born, finding an old friend may have required hiring someone with such expertise. Now search engines at various websites can help. The more information you have about the person, the easier it will be to find him. Some websites tout that they can help you at no cost. Make sure you investigate that claim before using their services.
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Write down as much information as you can about the individual you are looking for: her first and last name, maiden name if applicable, last known address, last known phone number, birth date and social security number.
Contact friends and family of your old friend. Ask if they have a current e-mail address, home address or phone number of the person you're looking to find.
Mail a letter to his or her last known address with your return address in the corner. Write "Do Not Forward; Address Correction Requested" on the envelope. The post office will return the letter to you with any new address on the front.
Check social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace by typing your friend's name in the search function. You will have to create your own page to use these sites. Leave messages on your page asking anyone with information to contact you.
Tips and warnings
- Some websites will only give you so much information before asking for payment information. If you decide you wish to pursue this path, read the Terms of Agreement fully. Understand what you will be paying before completing the transaction.
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