Gone are the days when you had to hire a private investigator in order to find someone. In those times, before the advance of high-speed Internet connections, a private investigation firm was usually your only hope in locating a lost relative, friend, or loved one. Today however, it’s never been easier to locate a missing person from the comfort and convenience of your own home by using your computer and web connection along with modern search engine technology.
Oftentimes, finding a missing person by using the Internet is simply a matter of inputting that person’s name into one of the major online search engines and waiting for the results. Of course one of the problems with looking for people in this way is that many times the search engines produce countless hundreds or even thousands of results that we have to search through.
In this article we will detail some of the methods you can use in order to limit the numbers of search results and make your searching more specific an exact when trying to find a person. One of the first things you should do when performing a search using a person’s name is to make sure that you search with quotes around the persons first and last name. This of course tells the search engine to only provide pages that has that exact order of the persons name and not pages which may have the first name and the last name on the same page but not necessarily together.
Another trick you can use when searching for a person’s name which is quite common is to also include the city or state in which they reside along with their name. This will narrow the search results greatly and provide you a much more targeted search result which requires far less sorting. Another thing that can greatly decrease the amount of search results and make them far more targeted is to also include the person’s occupation or perhaps the names of the schools they attended. In many cases, unless the persons name is quite common, these types of limited searches will result in only a few dozen to a few hundred pages that will have to be sorted.
Although private investigation firms are still available for those hard-to-find cases, 99% of the time you will be able to perform a successful search and find the person you are looking for simply by using these absolutely free methods available on your own computer.