Searching & Finding People, Friends, Ancestors UK

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From your family tree to long lost friends from your school days, the internet has made it easier than ever to track down the people in our lives we’ve fallen out of touch with over the years.

From search engines to social networks, the web is an incredibly useful tool when you want to find someone, and many people are able to reconnect with their friends and family members simply by searching for their name online and finding a few essential details or a social profile they can contact with.

Finding people in the UK might seem complicated, but in reality it’s incredibly straightforward, and no matter who you’re looking for, with the use of a few simple tools you’ll be reconnecting with your past in no time.

Finding old friends

From former colleagues to old neighbours, sometimes we fall out of touch with people in our lives who were once important to us. If you’re looking to reconnect with an old friend but are missing essential details like an address or phone number, there are a number of free and paid tools online you can make use of to track them down.

If you’re simply looking for an address or postal code, start with the Post Office website; you can search here for free to update your records. BT also offers an online Phone Book where you can look up residential and business phone numbers by surname and location.

The People Finder on is another free tool you can use when you’re undertaking a fairly basic search, but also has more advanced options to help you with everything from identity checks to finding names on the electoral roll.

If you don’t have enough information about the person you’re trying to reconnect with or can’t track them down with the tools above, it might be worth considering using a specialist website to help you along with your search. Websites like Friends Reunited are specifically for searching for and connecting with old friends, and using the service you can even assemble your own digital memory box.

Tracing your history

The process for finding more about your family history or your ancestors is slightly different than searching for someone who is alive. If you’d like to know more about who is in your family or figure out some new details about older generations there’s a host of websites devoted specifically to the subject.

Start your search using the National Archives online – it contains more than 1,000 years of history and the official records of everyone in the UK. From here you can also find of guides to help you find useful records in other archives and organisations if you weren’t able to find exactly what you were looking for online.

Paid services like are another option if you want to make a more detailed study of your family tree. Through the website you can search records and build up your family tree, and uniquely it also offers a service to help you track down living relatives and further trace your family.


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  1. Searching for Ruth a.k.a Marty Robbins Worked as a chalet maid !963 or 1962 as a chalet maid for Butlins Skegness.She came from Chingford in London.

  2. Innfriend is online platform to search your old school/college/company friends. Innfriend makes your search easy. Once you find your, Innfriend helps you to get connected with your friend, you would keep getting update for any changes i.e. contact number, company,
    city, social networking profile etc.

  3. Innfriend is new online platform to search your old school/college/company friends. Innfriend makes your search easy.
    Once you find your, innfriend helps you to get connected with your friend, you would keep getting update for any changes i.e. contact number, company, city, social networking profile etc. from your friends.

  4. Hello I am looking for mate of mine we were in a home together called southwood in weaste Salford in 1968 to 1971 he was called Edward o,Neill and had a brother called Ronnie the matron was called Mrs Aston and her husband Walter does anybody know of their whereabouts I would be graterful yours faithfully Joseph Morris

  5. looking for my grandad james thomas brown from hull use to work at steel works i think thats what it was called was married to margreat 1963 had two daughters left when the eldest was 5 not sure if he went aboard or not really hope i find him if anybody knows him or has know him anything please get intouch thanks

  6. hello there,
    I’m looking for one of my dads best friends that he hasn’t seen in ages,
    I’m hoping to find him so I could invite him to my dads wedding.
    His name is Andrew Zawaski (I’m not sure if his lat name is spelt right)
    But I’m really hoping to find him cause my dad is always talking about him and can never find him or a way to contact him

  7. Trying to find old friends from Leeds West Yorkshire, Bob and Lesley Mcklucky (nee Scorgie), or Douglas Ladmore Scorgie, Shaun and Janette Harkin (nee Scorgie) thanks for any help

  8. Looking for my friend elizabeth Thomson, who I last saw in 1973. she was from finaghy, near Belfast. She would be around 60 now. I last heard she had gone to St. Albans to work in a college. She was a member of The Worldwide Church of God, and had a boyfriend called Wilbert.

  9. I would like know if an old friend, Grace Blair, formally Grace Griffin,
    Maiden name Warren, is still alive. She was born in 1920 and the last sighting of her was her marriage to David Galbraith Blair at Hendon in 1956.

  10. Hi I’m looking for my best friend his name is glen Greek worked in heathrow terminal 4 for best of best in 1999 to 2002 I use to call him glenn boy

  11. Hi, I am looking for a dear old friend that I have not seen for 25 years, her name was Allison Crane, she lived in Hockliffe Bedfordshire when I knew her in 1988. She moved to Chatham Kent for a while at he end of 1988 before going back to Hockliffe in 1989. She married in August 2000 to Garry W Matthews and last place I know she was in was the Bristol area in 2005

  12. Hi. Am loonking for my dears old friends from highwycomb/England. Whom have never had from them for atlist 14years now. Mrs.paula & Mr.Richard who happens to be my sponser back in primary school(Timbwani Baptist) mombasa,kenya. At that time they had 3grandchildren(christopher.gina &sophie) I have been writting to them with the address no HP13 5Su. But i get no feedback. Pliz help me find them, I will realy love to hear from them

  13. hi im patricia withers here does any 1 my brother is name is leslie withers from coalville leicestershire england born in 1952 he left home iv not seen him since if any 1 knows him can u tell him im back in coalville near greenhill. i miss u les x

  14. I am looking for a friend of Mine, Her name is Maxine Chapman, She lived in Woodhouse area in City of Sheffield, S13, England, I have been looking for everywhere . I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan I hope to hear from her one day, She was my sweetheart.

  15. I am looking for a friend, Claire Elisabeth Harrington. We used to work at Leach Bright & Co, in Worthing. West Sussex, I hope to hear from you as I shall be in UK soon

  16. I am looking for a friend, Colleen Emma Jane Ebdon. We met whilst studying at Exeter College, Devon, I hope to hear from you as I shall be in UK soon

  17. hi im pat withers im looking ford my brother leslie withers born in 1952 hes from coalville leicestershire england uk can any 1 help me iv not seen him for over 45 years im back in coalville area.

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