How to find an old friend free of charge

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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.

Utilise free "People Search" websites like, or Enter as much information as you can in the required fields.


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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About the Author

Joleene DesRosiers Moody has written professionally since 2001 for television and print. Her freelance work is featured in "Absolutely Business" magazine. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in radio and television production from Onondaga Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in theater and fine arts from Niagara University.