What is the Best Way to Find Someone?

Looking for someone can feel like the old fashioned game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  You know they are out there but the mixed messages and dead end leads can make you feel blindfolded and dizzy.  There are tricks to the trade, however, and so we thought we would share some tips on the best ways to find someone you are looking for.  And, of course, if you get frustrated, or dizzy, enough - you can always call a licensed private investigator to help you along your way!

Trying to Find Someone? Try Social Networking.

Is there anyone that isn't a member of some sort of social network? Try joining every social network you can find in the hopes that the person you are looking for has an account with one of them.  Most people are familiar with sites like Facebook or MySpace.  But how about joining some of the others like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Classmates.com, Twitter, Google+, Tagged, and MeetUp. Go online to search from some more. You might end up finding the person you're looking for by connecting with someone else who knows them. The degrees of separation can be smaller than you think.

Find My Family? - Try State and County Data Bases

Many people are searching for biological parents.  "Find my father", "Find family members," "Find lost family," and "Find my mother" are some of the most common search phrases used in Missing Persons searches.  If you know where they were born or married, you can begin to search state and county records to look for birth, marriage, and/or death certificates.  These databases can be confusing and sometimes it can get costly. If you aren't able to go in person, you usually have to pay a fee for any document you want a copy of and that can get expensive when people have common names or you find out you didn't find the person you were looking for.

Still Need to Find Someone? Hire a Private Investigator

The reality is that trying to find someone can be much more difficult and complicated than it seems.  There can be frustrating dead ends, disappointing leads, or a seemingly impossible lack of public record. This is when it can be helpful to hire a private investigator. Private investigators are experts at finding missing persons.  We know all the tricks, if the person is trying to be avoided, and we know exactly how to search data bases and public records to find someone who has moved on.

Pin the Tail on the donkey isn't always fun, but when you put the tail exactly where it's supposed to go - you win the prize!  We wish you the best of luck in your search, but don't forget us when you need a helping hand.

Mike Garroutte, at Linked Investigations has been an Orange County Private Investigator and a Private Investigator Los Angeles for more than 30 years.  He is an expert at reuniting family members and friends, or locating people who have tried to get away. Skip Tracing is his area of expertise. Contact Linked Investigations if you are ready to find someone and would like affordable assistance.

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August 1, 2012
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