Around the holidays our thoughts often turn to friends and family, especially those we aren’t as close to as we would like to be. Do you have long-lost friends or relatives who you wonder about? It’s not uncommon to lose touch with someone as the years go by and life takes you in different directions. Perhaps you had a falling out and now want to reconsider. If you are trying to locate someone you want to reconnect with, here are a few tips to start your search.

Start with What You Know

The best place to start looking for someone is his or her last known place of residence. So dig out that old address book before you sit down at your computer. Checking the current telephone directory for the town they used to live in will show you if they simply changed to a new address. You can also search public records to locate someone if you know a few basic facts, like their age and full name.

Join the F.A.N. Club

This handy acronym stands for friends, associates, and neighbors. If you know other people who might still be in touch with the person you’re looking for, you should try contacting them. This includes family members as well as alumni associations, professional organizations, and even former roommates. Few people move away and sever all ties with their past – the trick is in finding who they are still in contact with. Be prepared to get a lot of “no” answers before you get a “yes.”

Call in a Professional

If you still can’t find your person of interest, you may need to hire a private investigator. They have access to information not readily available to the general public. They also have years of experience, so they know how to identify patterns of behavior and where to look to find the answers you need. If you have run out of leads, or if you just don’t have the time to track down that elusive friend or relative, contact us and let us locate him or her for you.