Take the Best Approach to Find Missing Persons

by John Dobson - Date: 2007-06-18 - Word Count: 561 Share This!

If you are trying to locate one or more missing persons, there are more search tools than ever available on the World Wide Web. Searching for missing persons is now a huge internet industry. Websites and services specialize in genealogy traces, background checks, geographic location and more.

Although there are many online search options to choose from, the internet may not be your best approach to locating missing persons. There may be a more cost-effective and productive option. How can you know ahead of time if internet search services can help you find the individual you're looking for? Would another approach be better?

The specific details of your case, the urgency of your search and the amount of time and money you have to commit all must be considered. You also must evaluate the limitations and capabilities of each search option you consider. Only then can you make an informed decision about which search method is best for you.

What is the Nature of Your Search?

Are you casually interested in finding someone as part of a genealogy search? Do you simply want to reunite with an old friend or classmate? If your search is of relatively low priority, you might consider using free internet search services to try to locate missing persons. Some of the most popular are Zabasearch.com, VoomPeople.com, and Ancestry.com.

Your success with free or low-cost internet people search services depends on several factors. One crucial factor is your ability to identify missing persons among similar-named individuals. Can you confirm their date of birth, middle name, or former address?

A second factor that will affect your success is how frequently missing persons have engaged in activities that post to public records. Professional employment, real estate transactions, criminal activity and legal proceedings are commonly recorded in public access online records. Credit applications or registration with online services are other sources of personal information for online search database inclusion.

When your missing persons search requires much more immediate attention or is of a more serious nature, consider skipping these basic paper-source investigations and turn instead to a professional. Hire a professional if you are searching for missing persons you suspect are attempting to hide. Likewise, missing persons that are minors aren't likely to leave paper trails.

Professional Searches for Missing Persons

A private investigator has several advantages when it comes to searching for missing persons. First and foremost, licensed investigators have access to records you do not. Secondly, they are trained and experienced. They not only no where to look, but they know what to look for. Professionals have a third advantage in that they know how to search within specific geographic regions. If you believe someone is residing in Australia for example, hire an Australian-based professional to find them.

If you are uncertain about which approach is best for your unique situation, consult with a professional instead of guessing. A professional's assessment can help save valuable time and money when finding missing persons is your top priority.

Professionals will provide you with detailed information about their services and rates. They can assess your case and give you a choice of search activity options. You can then make an informed choice about which approach is best for you.


Article by John Dobson of OZpeopletrace. OZpeopletrace is a professional people finder service specializing in locating individuals in Australia. To learn more about OZpeopletrace visit www.OZpeopletrace.com.au.

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