Steps to Find a Long Lost Family Member You Never Met

Everyone has long lost family members they’ve never met. If you’re interested in tracking down members of your family you haven’t had the pleasure to meet you’re in luck. Thanks to the near infinite amount of information stored online you can learn more about a long lost family member with just a few clicks. Read on to learn how.

Search Genealogy Sites

One of the more effective ways to find a long lost family member is to search a genealogy site. Digging through your genealogy can bring up a wealth of information about family members you may have never known actually existed. Who knows, you may even trace your lineage back to a great figure in history such as George Washington! Here are a few genealogy sites to get you started on your search:

• Genealogy Today

• US GenWeb Project

• Family Tree Searcher

Use search engines

One way to track down information about lost family members is to rely upon the utility of search engines. You never know what type of information will pop up after a Google search. You may dig up social media accounts, old business information, and more.

We recommend that you use a medley of search engines during your search. Despite their similarities, each search engine is different. They have different search algorithms, databases, and other factors that will affect your online queries. Even private investigators make it a common practice to use a wide list of search engines to get the best possible results.

Here’s a list of the most popular search engines you can choose from:

  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Bing
  • Duck Duck Go
  • AOL

These are the most popular search engines out there, but there’s a massive selection of meta search engines as well. Where Google and Yahoo use crawlers to index the web, meta search engines send queries to a wide variety of search engines to pull in combined results. Here are a few examples of meta search engines:

  • WebCrawler
  • Dogpile
  • Monster Crawler

There are many tips and tricks that can make your search engine queries more focused and on target such as putting “parenthesis” around a search to filter out unnecessary search results. Try searching for your long lost family member using a variety of search engines and see what pops up!

Use Social Media

Social media is the perfect place to search for someone you’ve never met before. Practically everyone has a Facebook and Instagram nowadays, so there’s a good chance your long lost family member has one to. Social media platforms can often query certain types of information just like a search engine, so type in their name and see what pops up! Even if the mystery family member doesn’t show up directly you may be able to find clues by looking for mutual connections between the family members you’re already connected to.

Contract the services of a Private Investigator (PI)

If you really want to learn more about a long lost family member you could always consider hiring a private investigator. This option can get pricey, but it could pay off if you end up finding who you’ve been searching for. You can reach out to a well-reviewed private investigator and give them all the information you have available (no matter how limited that may be).

Private investigators make a living digging things up that other people can’t, so you can rest assured they should be able to pull up somethingabout your family member given enough time. Private investigators don’t just rely upon Google searches to search for hard truths. It isn’t uncommon for PIs to call up leads or even do a bit of door knocking to ask questions. There’s no guarantee a PI will be able to locate your family member, but it’s undeniable that their skill set will be invaluable to your search.

Run a public records search

Sometimes the only information you may have on a long lost family member is a first and last name that you heard once while eating dinner with your family. Don’t worry, that’s all you need to run a public records search. Public records are an ideal place to search for long lost family members because they’re able to pull up a wealth of information with minimal effort on your part.

Running a public records search is painfully simple — just type in their first and last name (and the state they last lived in if available) and you’ll be presented with a list of individuals who match the search criteria.

Public record search sites such as IDtrue are perfect for digging up information on people because it allows you to run thorough background checks. Information you may uncover will include:

  • Background checks
  • Marriage licenses
  • Social media accounts
  • Criminal records
  • Contact information
  • Approximate location
  • Phone number
  • Dating profiles
  • Address history
  • Much more!

Running a background check with IDtrue’s system is quick, easy, and one of the best ways to track down a long lost family member. Who knows. The data you get back may allow you to get in contact with your family member right away!

Reconnecting with long lost family

Searching for a long lost family member can be a daunting task. However, as long as you follow the proper steps and never give up (even if the search appears to be hopeless) you should be able to uncover the clues needed to find and reconnect with the person you’ve been searching for.

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