Gone are the days of going to the library, referencing the card catalogue and then finally retrieving the materials you came for in the first place. Simple and specific searches have now become mainstream and accessible to everyone. The Internet is probably the quickest way to find a relative and many websites offer services for free to help you get in touch with relative you are seeking. If you do not own computer with Internet access, ask a friend if you can borrow theirs temporarily and search the Internet to find the family relative you are seeking.
Things you will need to locate a family relative online for free
Steps you will need to locate a family relative online for free
To locate a family relative collect all the information you can gather on the relative for example pictures, marriage, birth and death certificates. This also involves creating a family tree, which is highly beneficial for locating members.
Locating family members can be made easy by consulting with immediate and extended family relatives, especially elders in the family. Grandparents, parents and aunts are usually the best source of gossip and relevant information for locating lost relatives. They can also be a good source of information for mapping a family tree.
Some web resources online offer free and relevant services for locating lost relatives. Google is the best starting point for finding out information about people, missing or otherwise. Remember to use quotes (“”) for an exact search.
New social networking sites such as Myspace, Bebo, Hi5 and Facebook are an excellent source of rejuvenating relationships and locating missing family members. Even though they might not directly link to the missing relative, they can ideally link to their ascendants or descendents, offering vital clues in the missing family tree.
Phone books can be obvious and easy means of locating relatives. They are an untapped resource of free and publically listed information. Check for online phone book websites to run your search.
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