In the not so distance past, one of the only ways to find someone you lost contact with was to hire a private detective for the case. Now, during times of technological advances such as the Internet, the possibility of finding someone has increased, even if you only know that person's nickname.
Social networking sights such as Facebook and Myspace allow users to post whichever name they choose. Often times, especially if someone was known primarily by a nickname, the person will post the nickname as the actual profile name. For instance, if everyone knew Emily as "Cookie," it's possible you'll find her on a social networking site by entering that nickname and city and state where she last lived.
Find a family member of the person you are looking for. Many people's parents still live in the same house they have lived in for at least 10 years. If possible, call with your query of this person's whereabouts. This is an especially helpful step if you have previously been introduced to the parents or other family members of the person you are looking for. This is not a step to be followed if you have a past negative relationship with this person's family members.
Visit the person's old high school. Libraries in high schools are home to yearbooks from decades past. If you are not an alumni of the school you are visiting, notify the main office so they can connect you with the school librarian to set up the best available time for your visit. Once there, search through the yearbooks. Even if the person didn't take grade-level pictures, it is still possible to find him or her in a team or group photo.
Items you will need
- Internet (optional)
- White Pages
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