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Locating Old Friends

Have you ever wondered what happened to Shelly from elementary school or Billy from high school who was voted most likely to succeed?  Did you ever wonder how successful Billy ended up being in his life? Over the years I have been lucky enough to stay in touch with the majority of my friends from my childhood.  However, I must admit, there are a few of my friends I’ve lost contact with over the years. Recently, I have become interested in locating them, but not too sure how to go about finding them.

After looking into my options, my search led me to a variety of websites.  Some sites I came across required a small fee, promising they could find anyone I was looking for. Though interested in finding some old friends, the charge of the service deterred me. This led me to a more in-depth search that offered a variety of ways track down a lost friend.

If you have access to the Internet, tracking down that old friend should be relatively easy to do. Here are some tips and tools to help you get started:

1. Jot down as much info as you can remember about your friend– things like their middle name or initial, birthdate, last known address, names of family members.  Knowing one or more of these things could help greatly in your search.

2. After you’ve gathered some of the information mentioned above, a great place to start would be google.com.  Simply type in the person’s first and last name in quotation marks to indicate that you are searching for a specific phrase.  If your friend happens to have a unique name, this will help narrow your search a bit.  More common names bring larger results that have to be narrowed down.  The more info you can add to your search the better.

3. If you search and are unable to come up with any current information about your friend, it’s possible that he or she could be deceased or could be re-married if a female friend. To find out if that could be the case you can check, www.familysearch.org or www.tributes.com. Both offer free searches.

4. The most common way to find old friends these days is through social media, www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com.  Both are free and require you to create an account.

If all else fails, reach out to others who may have information about your friend.  I was able to find my friends’ sister on Facebook and she put us in contact with each other and we’ve been in touch ever since.  She is coming home for the holidays and we have plans to see each other.

Good luck finding and reconnecting with your friends, sharing memories is priceless.