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Using a People Search to Contact Lost Friends and Loved Ones

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 101

A people search can provide much information for anyone looking to make contact with past co-workers or acquaintances, friends, classmates and family members. This type of search is easily conducted with a specialized search engine with access to thousands of records contained in public and private databases. You can then effectively determine the best way to get back in touch with these long-lost friends and loved ones on your own terms, and rest assured they won't even know you've searched for their information in the meantime.

What Information Can I Access During a People Search?

A people search can return various details about a person, such as phone numbers and addresses, email addresses, property ownership information, relatives, age, sex and birth date. These details can be used to call, write or email the person you're searching for. You can also help use this information to confirm it is in fact the correct individual - and not just someone else with the same name.

Where Is the Information Obtained?

Public records such as property ownership information, white pages directories, voter registrations and other documents are used to obtain the details provided in a people search. Many people also belong to online social networks where their hometown and ages are disclosed, and professional networks can provide contact and occupational details.

Private databases can provide further details such as relatives and aliases, or even additional contact information such as cell phone numbers. These databases are constantly updated with new information or updated facts about the person you're trying to reach.

How Reliable Is the Information?

Public and private databases are updated as new information is obtained about a person, but the reliability of the information and accuracy is dependent upon the time it takes to do this. For example, if your long-lost aunt recently moved to a new location, you may find people records reflecting only her old address or perhaps more than one address. In this case, you will need to follow up on the information yourself and investigate how dated the results are that you have.

That being said, a people search is going to provide you with information that the person has entered into databases themselves, or that companies and public offices have received from them directly. Phone numbers are typically listed by the phone company providing the service, so a number in their name is likely reliable information. Of course, property records may reflect a home that they own but do not live in, so this type of record needs further research on your part.

What's the Next Step?

After conducting your people search and finding all the possibly relevant records available, you can narrow the pool by examining these records individually and conducting your own investigation. Always keep in mind that common names can provide more irrelevant results, so the more details you know about the person you're looking for, the smoother your search will go.

Ann A White is the author of this article on People Search. Find more information, about People Search here

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