What happens in Jamaica stays in Jamaica. Wait, wrong slogan. While all Jamaican tourists want to make memories on the idyllic Caribbean island, some want to turn those memories into lasting connections. Unfortunately, popular people-searching sites such as Spokeo, Truthfinder and Intelius only work for people in the United States, but not all hope is lost. Whether your trip to Jamaica left you with a mysterious missed connection or you’re seeking long-lost relatives, you’ve got plenty of people-finding options.
It might be a long shot, but if you had a fleeting encounter in Jamaica, try the “Missed Connections” column on the Caribbean side of Craigslist. Your mystery person might just be looking for you, too.
With more than 2 billion monthly active users as of September 2017, Facebook’s user base stretches far beyond U.S. borders, and it includes Jamaica.
To start a search, log in to your account and type the person’s name in the search bar at the top of your news feed (first and last name will provide the most accurate results, but you can enter one or the other, too). When the results appear, click “Choose a Location” under the “Tagged Location” in the “Filter Results” section; then type in the Jamaican city in question to narrow down your results. If your mystery Jamaican has a public Facebook profile, he or she will be among the results that turn up. To connect with the person, click the “Add Friend” or “Message” button from the person’s profile page.
If your people search is of the “missed connection” variety, Lost Trekkers is worth a look. This free, travel-oriented site is basically a collection of international classifieds for travelers seeking long-lost connections.
Visit the Lost Trekkers home page; then choose Jamaica from the list of countries. This takes you to pages of ads spanning from Colgate to Kingston, some of which date back to the 1960s or before. You can skim the ads page by page, or use the search bar at the top to narrow down the results by name, location or other keyword. Getting in touch with your missed connection is as easy as clicking the ad and using the response form at the bottom of the page, which lets you fill in your name, contact information and a personal message.
True to its abbreviated name, Yello is a straightforward online version of the old-school yellow pages that serves Jamaica and other Caribbean territories. To start, visit FindYello.com and select “Jamaica” from the list of territories inside the big, bold search bar. Type whatever parts of the mystery person’s name you know into the blank field and click the magnifying glass or press “Enter” to submit your query.
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