How to find someone with an email search

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There are several ways to get back in touch with a lost love or a long lost friend.  If you’re not sure where they live now or if you think their name may have change due to marriage it can seem difficult or even impossible. Here are a few pointers that should help you start your search.

Start with their last name, then both names in a Google search. You may find that your old flame has a whole website complete with his or her own domain name. Starting with a Google search, or any other search engine, could possibly save you a lot of time and frustration. Certainly this may take a while but you may find that it is definitely worth the effort.  If not, then you have definitely ruled out one primary category and you can move on to the next.  If your search engine search doesn’t turn up any useful information, then there are other steps you can take.

You can go to the main page of the larger email providers such as Hotmail, Aol or Yahoo, to name only a few, and see if the website will allow you to search for an email account by first and last name.   If the person you are searching for has an email account with one of those email clients and registered for that account with their first and last name- then you should be able to find their email address. Unfortunately, some people do not sign up for email accounts using their real or full names out of concern for their privacy and security so it makes is more difficult to find a person.  Remember to try and be creative.  There are a number of social and family reunion type sites that will allow you to access even their family history.  Then you can use the phone and try and locate a family member who may now know their whereabouts. 

You can even try doing a high school search or college graduation search online. Many high schools have their own websites now, and you might be able to get in touch with the class’s reunion committee. While you may be able to find out how to contact the person through more direct means this way, the committee may not have a current email address. Some of the websites that specialize in reuniting high school students might be a good place to look, although you’ll likely have to pay for a membership to get any information, and if the person hasn’t also registered, this could also be a dead end.  Finally, in this category, you can even search Military ‘buddy’ sites.

If none of these options provide you with the email address you’re looking for, a better option may be to contact and online people finder that specializes in people search. These websites can provide all kinds of information, from current contact information to background checks. You may be able to get some information from a free search, but you generally have to pay small fee for contact information.   The bottom line is that an email address search may be your key to finding the person.


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