Lost Classmates?



Some h
elpful suggestions for your search in finding classmates ...




While looking for some of the 1964 classmates, a search in FaceBook found 59 members. This link should take you to the search page that I found: http://www.ehow.com/how_4828184_classmates-facebook.html

~ Mike Brown '73


Where, Oh Where Is That Long Lost Friend?


Martha LeSueur Nicholson


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.


Try this website, 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 partner site 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 www.spokeo.com, http://www.zabasearch.com/, and http://www.intelius.com/. 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, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi, for people old enough to be drawing Social Security at the time of death, or the Dougherty County Death Index, http://www.genealogybuff.com/ga/ga-dougherty-deaths.htm,

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 seek.


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.

Back to Top