Where, Oh Where Is
That Long Lost Friend?
Planning a class
reunion? Looking for lost classmates? Many are found on FaceBook,
MySpace, Twitter, Classmates.com, or other social networking sites. If
you haven’t found yours there, other help is available. Now a number of web
sites allow you search by maiden name. Some require registration and/or
payment of a fee, but there are ways to circumnavigate that without putting
yourself or your money on the line if you are willing to spend a little time
on the project.
http://wink.com/, and enter the name of the person
you need to find. Maiden name is fine...it will add the married name if
known. At first it seems to be a limited number of returns and show you a
http://mylife.com, which requires registration. If
you keep scrolling down the page you will find page numbers at the bottom
right of the screen, and you can click on the next page to continue your
search. Scan the list paying attention to the ages. If you see a name with
an age near that of your classmate, note the location of that person, if
given. If not, just use the name and search any phone directory site such as
www.411.com for address and phone number. There
you can usually match up age information and call or write to find out if
this is indeed your long lost classmate.
You will have to
register to use
http://www.maidenname.net/ and become a part of
their database, but it promises to keep you private and find your classmate
for free. Other useful search sites are
Some websites give names of others in the household.
If you have old class directories with names of spouses and children, look
for those names along with your classmate’s name and age. Googling
the name often brings results if the person is well known or a member of an
organization with a website.
If all else
fails you can search the Social Security Death Index,
for people old enough to be drawing Social Security
at the time of death, or the Dougherty County Death Index,
for people who stayed
in Albany. Start by using as little information as possible such as
last name only. If that brings too many returns, add the first name. Still
too many? Put in the state of GA. Most of our classmates had their Social
Security cards issued as teenagers in GA, and that will bring up only the
names of those issued in that state.
There are national
obituary searches available, too. Find them by Googling obituaries.
If you find the place your classmate died, you can look online for a
newspaper in that city and search it for the name to find an obituary.
This will give you even more confirmation that it is indeed the person you
These are but a few
sites that you may find useful. There are many more out there, and as you
use these sites you will see others recommended to try. If you have a
favorite or run across one in your search that is productive, let us know.
We will share the information in future newsletters.