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A simple search engine attempt often doesn't lead anywhere, but it's worth a try. Whether you're using Google or one of the more specialized services described later, it pays to know how to make your search more effective:  Search for nicknames as well, even if your friend didn't have one when you knew her. For instance, an "Elizabeth" might now go by "Beth," "Betty," or "Liza.
On search engines, enclose your friend's name in quotation marks, then add more information such as the school she went to, the city she lived in, or the business she worked for.
Search for your friend's name on Google Image search. If you see a face that may be your friend, follow the link to the website the image showed up on. Even if this doesn't lead to contact, you might find a more up-to-date photograph of your friend, which can help you identify him in later search results. Method 2.
Use social media sites. Search for your friend's full name on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social websites, as well as Google or other search engines. On the left-hand pane, select People. A list of filters should appear at the top of your search, where you can enter possible locations, workplaces, or schools. Use dedicated people-search websites. Pipl is one of the more impressive free search services out there.
You can also try ZabaSearch , or purchase a search for a few dollars on Intelius , radaris , peekyou , Veromi. You can often take the free partial results from several commercial search sites and patch together phone numbers and addresses, without actually paying for the data. Every site has different information, though most of it tends to be pretty stale.
Spokeo tends to have the freshest data. An email address may be buried in an old blog post, online survey, or forum comment. Sign up for friend-finding websites. This works best if you suspect your friend may be looking for you as well, since these websites leave public messages for people to find.
Try Lost Friends Be very cautious with sites that require a credit-card sign up, as they may be scams, or end up being more expensive than you anticipated.
All the options above are free. Check your Spam or Junk Mail folder for the confirmation email while signing up. Search by alma mater, military service, or business. Many alumni sites require paid memberships to use, or will ask your friend to pay in order to view your message. Still, some of these sites can be useful resources, if you know where your friend went to school.
ZoomInfo's search is a great resource for people in the corporate world. BatchMates is a free alumni reunion site. It is focused on India but includes members worldwide. If your friend served in the US military, check its online Buddy Finder. Method 3.
Search marriage records. Search online for "marriage records" and the name of the country your friend last lived in, or her state if she lived in the US. These records are often only available in person, but your state or county website should direct you to the office where you can check these in person. Check US political contributions. Search court records. Again, you'll need to search for "court records" along with the name of the country or state your friend lived in, as there is no single database where you can look these up.
In many cases, you'll need to file a request with a specific court to get more information, so this method can take a fair amount of time. Use the UK electoral register. To search this database for free, inquire of your local Electoral Registration Office , or ask your local library staff whether the service is available. If you remember her name, try social media.
Use any other facts, such as places she has lived or schools attended, and try searching online. Or, hire a private detective, who generally has access to government records and can track people down. Yes No. Not Helpful 4 Helpful How can I find a friend's cell phone number when I only know his first name? Ask around to find out what his last name is.
Speak to friends who knew him in the past for help, and perhaps use Facebook to help. Not Helpful 7 Helpful How do I find an old friend I knew decades ago if I only know her maiden name?
See if anyone with her last name still lives in the same area and call them to see if they are related and can help you get in touch with her. If she does not live there anymore, you may still be able to get in touch with her parents or siblings. Not Helpful 12 Helpful I wrote a letter to my English friend in Sardinia, but it was returned "Not at this address. Most likely she moved. Do you know anyone else who might be in touch with her, or perhaps where she worked?
You could try addressing the letter to her place of business. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 4. How do I find an old friend when I have forgotten all of his personal information? Search for that name on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. You could even try Google.