Easiest Way to Find People Online
So, what are the easiest ways to find people online?
The truth is, even though we live in a world where everything is online, it is not as easy as you might think to find someone online. Of course, though it is possible if you know what you’re doing.
In this article we’ll be honest and open as we look into the easiest way to find people online.
We’ll recommend various websites and tools to make finding a person as easy as possible.
About the author
My name is David Oates, I am the Head Researcher at Relative Connections, you can view my LinkedIn by clicking here. I am also the director of the adoption support agency which is regulated by Ofsted. I am a highly regarded and experienced family tracer and intermediary. I have spoken about finding long lost family on BBC Radio 5 and was part of the featured team on BBC1’s Family Finders TV series
Let’s start with letting someone else find them for you.
Finding people using a professional agency
If you’re looking for a lost friend or a family member, have you considered using a tracing agency to carry out your search?
It will save you time and it might save you money to use a professional tracing and intermediary service. Trust the experts to locate your missing person and put you back in touch with them.
What are the advantages of using a people tracing company?
- The work is done for you
- They know where and how to find someone
- They can contact your person for you
- They can provide emotional support
As you can see there are a few advantages to using a professional company.
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If you’d rather do this work, yourself then please read on and we’ll give you the easiest way to find people online.
- Is Facebook the easiest way to find people online?
Facebook now has over 500 million users which is very impressive in any book.
It is also completely free to use. So, if you are looking for someone online this is the perfect place to start your search.
Create an account and then start searching for people you know.
Most people on FB have a photo on there so they are easy to identify.
The best thing about Facebook is one friend leads to another. In 2022 we are all connected so this remains one of the best and easiest ways to find people online.
The search function on Facebook is not really designed to find people you don’t know.
And because so many people are on there, it can be quite overwhelming, especially when there are multiple matches for the name you have searched.
It is worth the effort though as so many people are on there.
- Google to find people online
A Google search is still a great way to find people online. Once you are on Google you can search in many ways.
A Name search – put their name in quotations and let Google search the whole internet for any matches.
This is a great way to find people especially if they have an uncommon name.
You can also put an area in the search to give a more accurate result. Google will bring up any matches so if your person has been in the local paper or is on a website they should appear.
Essentially you are using Google to search newspaper articles and directories to find your person somewhere on the internet.
Maybe they are the chairman of a Yacht Club. Maybe they scored the winning goal in a local football game. It’s that type of match that you can use Google for.
- Friends Reunited
The original article you are reading was written in 2010, since then Friends Reunited has shut down.
It was one of the first ways to connect with lost friends on the internet. Before Facebook and dating websites like Tinder, Friends Reunited was one of the top ten most popular websites in Britain.
Everybody used it and it was probably responsible for many weddings and a few divorces as for the first time in History there was a way to reconnect with old friends.
You were able to search via your school.
You could see all the people from your school, year by year. Once you had found them you could connect with them. It was one of the first ways to reconnect with people in a way that had not been done before.
Even though Friends Reunited would feel dated now, at the time it was a game changer. Before it you were reliant on bumping into an old friend in the street or searching through a telephone book!
Facebook is the new Friends Reunited and this classic old site is no longer live.
- Electoral Roll Search to find people
An online Electoral Roll search is a great way to find an old friend or family member you have lost touch with.
You must know their current name and an area though.
Simply fill in the name of the person you are looking for and the area in which you think they live.
There are many electoral roll search websites in the UK.
The main issue with an electoral roll search in 2022 is that many people opt off the register, so it doesn’t always give you relevant information.
The cost of a search is usually around £20 so it is worth a punt. Again, if the name of your person is less common this will help.
Two good websites for these kinds of searches are 192.com and Trace Genie.
- People Finder UK Search
So, what if Facebook and Google searches don’t work.
And what if Electoral Roll searches draw a blank?
This is where a professional company might help. They will research who your person is and where they are now.
You can see the results of this type of work on TV series such as Family Finders and Long-Lost Family.
You pay to have the person you are looking for found for you.
This is usually done through research and obtaining old documents. They might also use some of the suggestions within this article.
The real easiest way to find people online
If you are using a company to find your person, ensure the following,
- Do they have a good success rate?
- Are they easy to contact?
- Do they offer an intermediary service?
- Do they offer good levels of support?
- Have they got lots of good customer reviews?
If you find one that ticks all these boxes, then you are on to a winner.
Remember you only get one chance to make a first impression. So, if you go to the trouble of finding someone then make sure you have an agency that can help you get the best possible outcome.
In fact, prepare yourself now and think about all the different outcomes of a search.
The overriding though should be that you want answers. You just need to make sure you can deal with the answers you get.
That might be that your person wants contact with you. That often happens.
But it would be remised to not mention the times when people don’t want contact or have passed away.
It is important that we are honest with you, and you go into a search with your eyes open.
Because in 2022 it is also important to think about Safeguarding.
We all have a duty to protect each other’s mental health. Hence us mentioning using a service as the easiest way to find people online.
We specialise in getting you the best possible outcome to your search and supporting you through the whole process.
We also ensure that the person we find is well supported too, this means that everyone is protected.
We’ll give you plenty of advice on how to deal with the various outcomes and situations that you should consider when looking for someone.
As you can see there are many ways and means to find people online, different ways to suit any budget and different time frames. These are some of the easiest ways to find people online.
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