How to track down a person for free

Written by jeanne dober
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How to track down a person for free
Locate old friends over the Internet. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you long to talk to an old friend or family member, you do not need to pay someone to locate the person. Information on the lost friend is often simple to find as long as you have a full name and some personal information about the person. It might take some time to locate your loved one, but you can locate them for free.

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    Connect to the Internet and use a search engine to look up a person's name. Type the person's name and any information that you have on the person such as the town they live in, the school that they went to or where they worked. Adding this information in will help with your search efforts.

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    Go to a social networking website and type in the person's name in the search box. Scroll through the list of people that the website provides to see if the profile of the person you are looking appears there.

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    Go to a classmates website and search for the person's school and graduating class. Many people connect through classmate sites with old friends and relatives and your friend's contact information might be located there.

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    Locate the last known address of the person that you are looking for and check to see if they still live there. Send a piece of mail to that address and wait for it to be forwarded to the person's new address. If the mail is successfully forwarded the person will know that they need to contact you. If the mail is returned you will know that they may have had multiple addresses since that point.

Tips and warnings

  • If the person is not on the first social networking site you search you can also search other similar sites.

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