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Finding a Lost Relative

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Whether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. There are many resources available to help you with the search. This is a guide to finding a lost relative.
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By 2 found this helpful
August 4, 2016

My mom died 2 years ago. I last heard from my brother not long after mom died. I have an awful feeling he may be deceased. If not, I would like to contact him. When I go into "free" search sites, the end of the road always ends up requesting payment information to get a full report. I can't afford any luxuries. Is it even possible to find a "free" site that claims it's "free" (that is accredited by the BBB) to find my brother?
Thank you for your help!

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August 5, 20160 found this helpful
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Although Google can often be extremely helpful, eyebeeleve2, this time you might want to put on your thinking cap. Have you tried Facebook, for instance? How about an online telephone directory for the last town / city you remember him living? Do you recall any of his school friends' names and might you be able to locate any of them to ask for information about your brother?

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How about other family members with whom he may have been close? Where did he graduate high school and do they have an alumni association for reunions (they're often pretty good at keeping track of people)? Did he ever marry or have children? Have you tried simply entering his name in the Google search field?

Good luck!

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August 7, 20161 found this helpful
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http://www.city … m/people-search/

There are several members that are experts at finding lost relatives. I posted for a friend looking for her father and within a few days had 3 excellent leads. Put as much info as possible and make sure you put your brothers name in the title of your post...that way if anybody ever Google's his name it will show up in the search results. Good Luck to you!!

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December 31, 20160 found this helpful
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Do you know anyone who has a membership to ancestry.com? Have them look.

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If he is deceased, it would be listed in the death records or in the obit section. You can also google his name with the search words of obit, and his date of birth.

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March 13, 20131 found this helpful

I'm looking for my niece, I am her biological father's sister. She would be close to 40 years old. I would very much love to find her. Any thoughts on how to proceed? Thanks for the help.

By Kay

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful
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She may be on Facebook, do you know her name? Search there for her first. Some people keep maiden names as middle names on Facebook, so include that in your search.

Good luck!

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful
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Try Genes re-united. I never knew my father but I posted his name and the place where I was born and discovered all his 'official family'. Aged 60 it was an eerie, amazing feeling. We are still catching up! Best of luck.

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Marg from England.

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March 18, 20130 found this helpful
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The Salvation Army helped us find a lost family member some years ago. I don't know if they still offer this service, but it would be worth a try. Good Luck.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

I am trying to find my sister I have not seen for 20 years and am having trouble. How can I locate her current address and phone number?

By Elizabeth P

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May 24, 20110 found this helpful
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The Salvation Army helps to find lost relatives. We have been contacted by them twice, looking for a man with the same name as my husband, but the one they were trying to find was much older.

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January 26, 20120 found this helpful
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Try to find your relative through their profession. If, for example, she was a nurse, you might not have to ask many nurses before someone remembered where your sister lived. Also they might help you to place an advertisement in a trade ot professional magazine.

Often it is difficult to trace people through formal routes because they change their names on marriage or are known by a nickname.

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December 5, 2011

When I was 3 months old my father left my mother to fend for herself and the new born, me. He told my mother he was going back to the state he was born in to go help my great grandmother with my great grandfather because he had fallen ill. A few weeks passed and my mother finally got the nerve to call my grandmother due to the fact my mother had never met any of my father's family because they all lived in different states. His dad lived in Florida, his mom in Illinois, and his grandparents were there too.

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Anyways when she called, his grandmother said no her husband was fine and he had never came to her house. My mother tried to find him using his Social Security number, but failed. 15 years later I'm finally old enough to know what is going on. Now she says she doesn't know what this social security number is or anything. I found a old birthday card he sent when I was two, with an old PO box number on it.

She doesn't remember most things when I ask her, like what did he look like. I have a feeling she isn't telling everything to me and my mother doesn't keep things from me.

He's done this once before. I have an older sister by him whom I have never met either. All I know is his name. If you have any ideas on how to find him please let me know.

Thank you it would mean the world to me if I could meet my father at least once before I turn 18, but it would be nicer if I could before 16. :)

By <3hollywoodundead<3 from Akron, OH

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December 6, 20111 found this helpful
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I don't think it is possible to locate anyone by the SS#. You can try to 'google' his name, to see if you can find any thing, but if he has a common name, you may spend much time looking.

You can also try the Salvation Army. They do help find missing relatives, usually if the person you are looking for is homeless, but they do try.
Just go to their site, and there is a link. You will have to provide some info.
I don't know your situation, but don't let this make you upset--sometimes you never know why people do or don't do things. You are your own person, regardless of what people around you do.

And don't feel badly towards your mom. There may be things she herself is not ready to admit, even to herself, about your dad, and may feel that you are not old enough or mature enough to handle it.

I hope that you do find what you are looking for. But if you are disappointed in what you find, or unsuccessful, just keep on being the person that you are, and don't let that situation define you.

God Bless you, and good luck to you!

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December 6, 20111 found this helpful
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Well actually, you are entitled to support from this man and if you petition the courts with his SS number for that support they may find him. Understand even at your young age that this man is missing something in characture if he would abandon his two children, and you may not like what you find if you do locate him. Sometimes these reunions work out. Sometimes the person who gets found turns out to be a leach and can't be got rid of and causes all kinds of trouble. There are people who know all kinds of ways to find people on the net. If you know the town where your grandparents lived and if they are still alive, contact them. If they are not still living look for an obituary on line, in the town where they died, and many times the survivors are named and the town where they live is listed, You might want to find someone who loves to do genealogy who will do it for a favor. They love puzzles like this.

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful
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Try genforum, a genealogy site that helps in finding family members, alive and not. You can google search by typing genforum and your last name. Also can be searched by state and sometimes county. Hope you find who you are looking for.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

I am trying to find my sister I have not seen for 20 years and am having trouble. How can I locate her current address and phone number?

By Elizabeth P.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful
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I have used Zabasearch to successfully find many people. It may take a while and if she has gotten married and you don't know her new name that may make the task a bit difficult.

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May 22, 20110 found this helpful
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I've found this to be pretty good, at least (if found) it will disclose address and a telephone number without you having to join http://www.yell … .com/findaperson

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By 0 found this helpful
March 30, 2016

I live in the USA and have 2 cousins born and living in England (or so I believe). The only information I have is their biological father's name and approximate year of birth, along with his father's name and dob. My cousins' biological parents divorced many years ago, their mother remarried and her new husband adopted the children, so I assume they took their adoptive father's surname. My mother (and their aunt) is deceased, their biological father is also deceased, and no other information is available. I do know the gender and approximate age of my cousins. Any suggestions on how I might find them would be great. I'd love to meet them (assuming they'd like to meet me, as well). Thank you.

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April 1, 20160 found this helpful
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Have you considered contacting the LDS / Mormons? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been researching geneology for many years and you needn't be Mormon to access their records. Simply find a Family History Center in your vicinity and ask if they can help.

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April 2, 20160 found this helpful
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Give the services at Ancestry.co.uk a try. They frequently feature 'free to search' weekends and are the most reliable source of finding lost relatives.

If you have any idea the town(s) they live(d) in, you could also try going to the local newsfeed online and either placing an advert (will cost) or making a comment on a community page asking for any information on your family members. I live in Scotland and frequently see these requests and classified adverts from people trying to find family members.

Best luck to you for a happy reunion!

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September 4, 20130 found this helpful

My boyfriend has a daughter who was born in 1982. For some reason he lost contact with her when she was 14 years old. My boyfriend said that she had lived with her mom in San Diego, CA before she moved to Seattle, Washington. He really wants to find her, but we don't have any information. How can I help him look for his daughter?

Lauren Kim

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September 6, 20130 found this helpful
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Cheaper than a PI is FaceBook, famous for reuniting many family members. All you need to do is create a FB account and type in her name - most people her age have a FB page (trust me, they almost all FB! My son posts more on his FB page than he emails, lol, and tells me to check his page if I want to keep up. He was born in '82 like your boyfriend's daughter.) More than likely her page will come up and from there it's a simple matter of 'requesting friending'. If she accepts his request, there's your happy beginning!

I really hate FaceBook but it does have it's place, and this is one of those places. Good luck, I hope he finds her and they have a happy reunion.

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September 6, 20130 found this helpful
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The Salvation Army used to have a program for finding lost relatives. I don't know if they still do, but it would be worth a call to your local branch to find out. Good luck.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 25, 2016

I have been very curious about finding my half sisters that I know for sure my birth father had. All I know is his name and DOB. He has never been in my life, but his mom did participate a little when I was a child and she would tell me stories. I have never met them. I'm am 26 now.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful
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Check with the Church of Latter Day Saints (or LDS), also known as Mormons. They've been compiling geneological records for decades and are quite open about sharing their findings. You needn't be Mormon to access the information although they may require a small fee. Good luck!

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December 19, 20130 found this helpful

My granddad was in England in WWII. He had a fling or I have no clue what to call it. He is no longer living, but he told my dad he has kids in England. He never gave their names. The only thing I have to go on is my granddad in the Army. I'm trying to find my aunt and uncle. How do I go about doing that?

By Sierrah

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December 22, 20130 found this helpful
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The best geneology source for Britain is http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/
You could enter the name and see if anyone has declared him as their father.

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August 7, 2012

I found my siblings by googling my maiden name. Two of them had gone onto Facecook and came up in a search I did with Google. Since I have a very rare maiden name, that made it easy.

Even better, Mocavo.com (a genealogical search engine) is now online, specifically made for finding ancestors and missing people. Other sites to try:

Source: 25 years of my own genealogical research and study of the web.

By Cornelia from OR

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