What is “Searching for Living People?”
While performing family tree or genealogy searches, you may find yourself searching for a living relative. Or you may
just want to find a long lost classmate, military friend, or perhaps even a childhood crush. Searching for living people
has its own challenges and obstacles, but the process is also different from searching for dead ancestors.
Finding Living People
Thanks to the internet, searching for living people is much easier than it used to be even 10 or 15 years ago. Each
year, thousands of people are successful at locating living folk. Most of the time, a search for a living person occurs in
order to find a relative. Whether it is to find a close missing relative, such as siblings separated at a young age, or
trying to find a cousin twice-removed, knowing your relatives and building a family tree can be quite satisfying.
Resources for Searching for Living People
When you search for living people, you have many more resources available to you. If you are building a family tree,
a search for a dead relative can be difficult and time-consuming while you try to determine last place of residence
and piece together other far removed relatives. Older vital records, such as birth certificates and marriage bonds, are
more difficult to locate and verify. However, with many online resources, even searching for ancestors can be less
difficult than if you had to travel from state to state and agency to agency looking for copies of vital records.
Living people have the benefit of being connected online having records published on the internet. You can perform
a simple search engine query such as Google or Yahoo! for your individual, using keywords that you know, such as
the name, city, employer, etc. A Google search may turn up plenty of results to get you started on pinning down a
Also, if you do know the location of the person, you can use online directories, such as www.whitepages.com or
dexknows.whitepages.com. These directories may be able to narrow down your search and even provide a phone
number or address.
Another great resource for finding lost schoolmates is through alumni associations, such as www.classmates.com, or
even on www.facebook.com. Facebook provides a number of high school groups, as well as other group
associations, that may be useful for you to find an old friend.
In searching for your living person, you may have other clues that can help your search, such as hobbies or
associations the person was involved with. You might start looking for possible associations through an association
directory such as http://www.asaecenter.org/Directories/AssociationSearch.cfm. Here you can enter keywords such
as “accounting” or “musician” and find potential associations for your person search.
And don’t forget to look at the host of genealogy websites available that may be useful in finding living people. With
the technology available in the 21st century, you can easily search and find living people from the comfort of your
own couch. Happy hunting!
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