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Oct 21, 2019

How to Locate Missing Family Members Online

Today, we share how to locate missing family members online based on our own deep experience. Like most aspects of detective work we follow a process.

The internet is a rich field of data we can use to harvest information about almost anything. Today, we share how to locate missing family members online based on our own deep experience. Like most aspects of detective work we follow a process. This may take longer than random searches. However the likelihood of success is far greater.

How to Locate Missing Family Members in Five Steps on the Internet

Get the Facts

Find out as much as you can about your missing family member. Try not to rely on your memory. If you can, find documents referencing their full names, birth dates, parents, partners, schools, children, previous addresses, career history, phone numbers, email addresses, and so on. Knowing how to locate missing family members as we describe here is of far less value without this key information.

Interrogate the Major Search Engines

Search for your missing person’s name plus another attribute to see what you find. Use internet logic by inserting ‘PLUS’ between two attributes, or ‘OR’ between multiple ones. For example:

<name> PLUS <school>

<name> PLUS <school> OR <town>

You limit your search if you simply enter ‘name school town’ because the search engine will only return results containing all three.

Search on Social Media Next

The search engines may have already yielded valuable clues. Facebook is useful for researching social behaviour, interests and contacts, while LinkedIn is the number one spot to find business and career information. Never underestimate the power of social media. You may find people there more open about sharing information with people they just met.

Investigate Genealogy and Family History Sites

These are a bit of a hit and miss affair. That said, you may be able to trace people elsewhere on the family tree if you have an idea where they live. You can then return to the internet and social media and search for them instead. A single successful contact may lead to a large number of people who may be able to help.

Find the Right Private Investigator to Help

If the above process fails to yield results within a few days, then consider hiring a trusted company such as Missing Persons in Australia to assist. We only accept assignments where we believe we can help. In fact, we offer a free first half hour consultation over the phone.  Call 1300 553 788 now. You could be on your way to finding your missing person soon, and that would be great.