How to Find your Dad

If you haven’t spoken with your father for an extended period of time (months, years or even decades) and you don’t know where he is you can turn to online public records as a possible solution to track him down.

A public records search can reveal a wealth of information:

  • Your father’s medical history
  • Whether or not your father is still alive
  • If your father has a separate family
  • Where your father currently lives
  • Contact information

If you’re tired of not knowing about your father’s whereabouts it’s time to take action. Running a public records search is one of the best options available to you. The best part is you don’t have to delay. You can run a search today!

Accessing public records to find your father

The first step to find your dad is to write down all of the information you already have on him. Examples of this information can include:

  • The city and state he last lived in
  • His age (estimate if you’re not sure of his actual age)
  • Your father’s first, middle and last name (this can be obtained from family members if you’re unsure)

At the very least gather your father’s first name, last name and the state he last lived in and run that information through IDTrue is a public records search engine that allows you to run online background checks, reverse phone lookups, and more — everything you need to track someone down.

When the search is done, you’ll likely be presented with a list of all of the individuals who match the search conditions. The list will likely be long, but don’t worry. Take your time to comb your way through and see if your father is listed.

Information to search for

The report generated by your IDTrue search query will provide pinpoint information you can use to track down your father’s whereabouts. This information includes:

Criminal Records

If your father has any traffic tickets, criminal convictions or arrests there’s a good chance you’ll find this information during your search.

Phone number

There’s a good chance your father’s phone number from ten years ago isn’t the same as it is today. A search should reveal all of the phone numbers tied to his name both past and current.


All official emails tied to your father’s name should appear during your search.

Birth records

Birth records can reveal a lot about a person. Having your father’s birth records could very well lead you to where he is possibly living.


Perhaps you can’t reach out to your father, but you might be able to reach out to his side of the family (brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, etc). Speaking to your father’s side of the family could help you to track him down.

Address history

It’s possible your father may have lived at multiple addresses during your time apart. All addresses associated with your father’s name should be listed.

Social media

Everyone has a social media account. Often social media accounts provide all the information you need to locate a person.

Marriage and divorce

How many times has your father been married? How many times has he gone through a divorce? If it’s a matter of public record you’ll soon become aware of it.

Property records

Does your father own any property? If so you could possibly learn the address and use it to track down his location.

Extra Tips

Some people are difficult to track down especially¬†if they’ve been living off the grid for a while. This is why talking to family members is a good idea, but you can also search for old business partners/co-workers, roommates, friends, neighbors and anyone else who may have a connection to your father. You can easily locate these people by running their information through IDTrue.

Here are a few more tips you can try:

  • Using the reverse phone lookup feature on IDTrue will allow you to trace an old phone number which in turn could lead to an address. Even if it isn’t your father’s current address, every clue helps.
  • Do a search on your mother. Your father may be listed as one of her family members.
  • You could also perform a search on yourself and your siblings (or any of your other family members). The more people you search, the greater your chance of finding information that could lead to your father.

Now that I’ve found my father what do I do?

Let’s say you’ve found your father. Now what? For some people, the information provided by the public records search (such as location, criminal record, contact information and so on) may be enough to give them peace of mind to move on with their lives.

On the other hand, now that you have his contact information, you may feel the urge to reach out and contact him. However, this is easier said than done. Contacting your father can be difficult especially if years have gone by since you’ve last spoken to him. How then do you go about contacting him?

This is a question only you can answer. It all comes down to how you wish to approach the situation and how comfortable you are reaching out to your father. The one thing we advise against is traveling to your father’s address and paying him a surprise visit. Who knows how your father will react and there are certainly more subtle and tactful ways to get in contact with him.

You could always recruit your siblings, who may be on good terms with your father, to reach out on your behalf. Another option is to email your father and wait for him to respond. That way you give him time to process and decide whether or not a phone conversation or a face-to-face meet up is something he desires. If he doesn’t respond to your email after a reasonable amount of time has elapsed try and call him.

If you set up a meeting with your father try to find a public place such as a coffee shop or park (during the daytime). You should also bring someone along with you, preferably someone your father is familiar with such as a sibling. This person doesn’t have to be present during your reunion, but they should be close enough to move in to calm things down if the situation gets out of hand. Emotions may be running high and you never know what might happen.

Bringing along a friend or family member also allows you to have someone you can speak to after the meet up has concluded. Talking out your emotions is much better than keeping them bottled up inside.

Find your father today

Being separated from your father can leave you feeling hurt, angry and abandoned. Even if you’re not ready to reconcile with your father simply learning about his current situation ¬†may be enough to give your uneasy mind peace. If you’re ready to search for your father try running a public records search on IDtrue today.

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