Here are some
ways to find people, all of which take a little patience. Using the methods below you can locate email addresses, web pages,
phone numbers, and home addresses of long lost friends and classmates. Keep in
mind that there are usually many people
with the same name. Try looking for your own name first to give you an idea of
what you may find. You may be surprised how many other people have your
name. I tried my own name in Yahoo People Search and got a listing of 106
people with my name, and I wasn't one of them! Providing additional information about the person you are
trying to find can make the search easier but if you narrow the search too much, you may not find
Online Data Bases
There are many online data bases
with millions of names. Each of the services have different types of
information that they track so you should try more than one. The following are the
Another option is to use the
site at www.knowx.com This
site charges a very small fee per inquiry but has many public records not
available anywhere else
If the name you are looking for has a more unusual last name, try
searching for just the last name. You may find that a siblings name or parents
name is listed.
Send Some Email
Once you have found some email addresses you may have to do a little
guessing. If you have narrowed the search to under ten names you can try the
"Brute Force" method. Send an email to all of the addresses you found with a
very brief message such as:
"Hi, are you related to so and so from
New Baltimore? I am from the Anchor Bay High School class of 1971 and am
looking for ....
"Did you go to
ABHS in 1971?"
Search for Web Pages
Another way you may find someone is to find their Home Page. Use the
popular search engines to search for their full name. You should put the name
in quotes to limit the search. Also try reversing the names Last, First.
Sometimes this finds a name in a company database. I have had the most success
with Infoseek and
Search Alumni Lists
sites which allow you to register your name and contact information with your
school and year of graduation. Posting your name to these lists will make it
more likely someone will be able to find you.
School Directory (School # = 154613)
Anyone got more sites to add
Bay High School
It's also worth
Bay High School and emailing the addresses found there. You may find
someone still there that know's how to contact the person you're looking for.