There may be various reasons you would like to do a people search on the Internet. You may have an estranged family member you would like to get in touch with or you could be adopted and have never met your real birth parents. Whatever the reason is, thanks to the Internet, finding people online, including members of your family you may or may not know, has become a lot easier and simpler. All you have to do is conduct an online family search. Here are some tips to follow.
- List down all the details you have about them
Chances are you probably do not know much about them and have very little information about them, and that’s alright. Most people start from scratch and can still find who they are looking for. Whatever little detail you have managed to collect about the person you are looking for, write them down in an organized manner. Try to gather as much information as you can, like their birth date, which high school they went to, previous addresses, and so on. But even if you have only the name, that’s okay.
Before you go ahead with your search, make sure that all the information you have is correct. If not, it could seriously mislead your search and you would waste valuable time and energy.
- Use popular search engines or if possible, people search engines
The next step is to enter whatever information you have about them in the search box of a search engine. Make sure to use popular search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo or AOL. The best would, of course, be the most popular one– Google. Enter the person's first and last names and whatever other information you have, and hopefully, the person you are looking for comes up in the search results.
You can even use a people search engine like GoLookUp. All you have to do is enter the first name and last name, and it will give you a number of people who could potentially be your person. The result will also show not just names, but address, birth date, possible relatives, and so on.
- You could also use social media sites to look for them
Another option is to look for them on popular social media sites. Since many people share more personal information on Facebook than any other social media site, it is the ideal platform for a search like this. Enter their first and last names, and whoever shows up in the results, compare the information you have with the information they have put up.