How to Locate Someone Out of State

by Keith Dooley

People lose touch all the time with relatives and friends as they grow apart or move away. Locating individuals after years of no contact is not normally easy, and requires at least a little bit of information on the individual. If you don't have the time to look on your own, you also have the option of hiring a private investigator, but this will cost you some money.

Internet Search

Log on to your Internet and go to page. Type the name of the person who you are looking for in the name box. If you know the state she moved to, enter that as well. There are labeled box fields for you to enter the information into.

Click the "Submit" button to start the search and wait for results.

Scroll through the list to locate the person. This is not always easy, since the list can sometimes be long. Also if you don't have something else to narrow it down, such as a middle name or initial, then it is even more difficult.

Call the numbers of the people on the list you think might be the person you are looking for to eliminate names.

Contacting States

Contact the state Vital Records office of the state where the person lives or where you think he lives.

Give them the name of the person and any other information you have, such as birth date or when he moved.

Write down the list of names and addresses you get that closely match the person's information you are looking for.

Pay the fee if there is one. If charged, it is typically a nominal fee of $5 to $30, depending on the amount of service, and this is usually if the researcher has to dig through old files or make copies of documents for you.


  • For a more accurate search you can use a paid site that will list the names of individuals along with where they have lived and there general age. This can help you narrow down the names significantly if you know the individual. One such website is
  • With online social networking websites, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, becoming more and more popular all the time, it can be easier than ever to search and find long-lost acquaintances through these sites.

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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