If you have been trying to find an old friend or loved one in Canada, or if you have forgotten to update your old address book, various sources are available to help you locate the person you are looking for. These sources range from detective websites to the more traditional kind of document trail.
Access the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website to find genealogical information, census data and various types of documents. If you wish to conduct your research on location, visit the Canadian Genealogy Centre in Ottawa. The full address is:
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
LAC is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. For more information, call LAC between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST at 866-578-7777.
Try your luck at 441 Canada's website. The site offers business and people searches as well as a reverse lookup. A reverse lookup enables you to enter a phone number to find the name or business linked to it.
Invest some money in your search. Try the Net Detectives website. Net Detectives offers searches of public records and unlisted phone numbers, along with other research tools. Fees start at $29, as of 2010.
Post information about your loved one on Cyber Pages International, a free online billboard based in Canada. You can post the information you're looking for and leave your contact information.
Use Find a Friend, a service that will attempt to locate a person for a small fee. Searches include name and previous address search, name search with age and date of birth, as well as a deceased person search.
- Finding a lost loved one can be time-consuming but well worth it.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify the authenticity of a people finding service before paying for it.
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