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How Can I Find Someone I haven’t Seen For Years?

Writer’s Bio: Lewis Murawski is the Managing Director of Kahootz Media digital marketing agency. He has been ranking websites on the first page of Google for more than 10 years. 

Whether you need to serve court papers, or are simply trying to find an old friend that you’ve lost contact with, finding someone that you haven’t seen in years can be a challenge. People move away, change phone numbers, get new jobs, and get married. New names, numbers, addresses, and more can make it seem impossible to track someone down once you’ve lost touch. Luckily, there are several strategies that you can use to help you locate someone, no matter where they’ve gone.

Finding Someone On Facebook

Social media, especially Facebook, have changed the way that we communicate and connect with our friends. Even if you aren’t “friends” with the person that you’re looking for, you may still be able to track them down using Facebook. 

Start by searching for their name. If this doesn’t reveal them, try adding other keywords that you may know. The last city or country they lived in, a school they attended, or a place that they were employed can all help narrow your search. Additionally, if you have mutual friends, check to see if they are friends with the person on Facebook.

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Finding Someone on Other Social Media 

Just because a person isn’t on Facebook doesn’t mean that they aren’t on other social media platforms. LinkedIn is a popular program for professionals of all ages. The site also makes it easy to search for people by occupation, location, and other factors.

Twitter and Instagram are also popular, and you should search for the person on these. However, many users do not post photos of themselves or reveal other identifying information on their profiles, which can make it tough to figure out whether you’ve found the right person.

If you do happen to track down the missing person on social media, and you need to serve court papers, you may be able to serve the papers via social media. You’ll need permission from the courts, as well as proof that you were not able to serve the papers in any other manner. This method is legal, but is only acceptable in certain cases.

Finding Someone On The Internet

The first place you likely looked while trying to track someone down was the phone book. But the phone book is becoming less and less useful each year. Instead, try searching an online registry, such as White Pages or the National Archives. Here you can enter their name, last known city or country of residence, and their age to help you find a person.

Professional People Tracing Service

If you’ve searched through social media and online archives and still haven’t found your missing person, it may be time to seek professional help. A professional tracing agent will use a variety of resources and skills to help you track down just about anyone, all around the globe! Once you’ve tracked them down, a process server can help make sure that you properly serve them court papers. This is especially important in cases when the recipient is likely to avoid having the papers served to them.


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