After a very difficult year, you might find yourself thinking about the empty place setting at your Christmas dinner table.
Perhaps it’s an old friend, who you were once very close to but you’ve lost touch over time. Or maybe it’s a family member, someone who has drifted away or even stopped getting in touch after an argument years ago. No matter the reason or the person, if there’s someone missing from your life, it can be a difficult feeling to get past.
However, with the internet at your fingertips, there are things you can do to trace and locate a missing person yourself. If your missing person has simply moved away, or changed their phone number, you might be surprised how easy it is to find them. But if the person you’re looking for doesn’t want to be found, has changed their name or even moved abroad, you might find it more tricky.
Of course, you can hire a professional, like the team at Delta 74 Private Investigations, who offer a fixed ‘no find, no fee’ service for just £180, but before you do that, we recommend a few quick tips to see if you find your person yourself.
If the person you are looking for has a common name, it is going to be very difficult to identify them among the many. For example, if your looking for Sarah Davies or Muhammad Hasim, you’re going to need significant additional information to filter down the results to find the person you’re looking for.
Check you have the right spelling. You might be searching for Rachel, when you should be searching for Rachael, or even Raychael! An incorrect spelling can hinder your own investigations, so if you’re not sure, try all the common variations before giving up looking.
If the person you’re looking for has got married and changed their name, or changed their name for another reason, you’re going to struggle to find them without their new name or additional information.
As of mid 2020, there were 2.7 billion active users on Facebook, which is the biggest social network worldwide. Of course, Facebook also offers its users privacy settings, so even if your missing person is on Facebook, you may not be able to find them directly.
Try to connect with other old friends or relatives on social media. Send some messages and look through their friend’s lists. You might get lucky and find the person you’re looking for is still in touch with their old hairdresser or work colleague. This won’t take you long, and might not amount to anything, but it’s always a worthwhile starting point.
And don’t forget about other social sites that you might not use, such as LinkedIn, Tik Tok or SnapChat.
Get Your Facts Straight
Collect together all the information you have about the person, for example:
You’ve probably tried a Google search for the person already, but did you know about the advanced search options? Searching for the name and combining it with some of the above information may turn up new results.
There are a few tricks you can do to make your search more effective:
Search Engine Variations
If you’ve tried all of the above, and you’re having no luck, you can set up a Google Alert that will notify you if anything new is published online containing the person’s name.
Don’t give up! Finding a long lost friend or relative is not always easy, but if you care about them, it is almost always worth the effort. Despite all the free resources available on the internet, if you’ve tried everything you can think of, perhaps it’s time to call in the experts.
Simply give us a call today to find out more, and you might find yourself starting a new year, with an old friend.