Are you looking for a long lost friend or relative?

The TV program Long Lost Family has recently returned to our screens. The show features family members who are tracked down and happily reunited with people who have been searching for them.

Luckily, locating an old friend or family members in this way isn’t solely reserved for people willing to be on TV, there are companies out there that locate people ethically and legally. A good tracing company will locate someone for just a few hundred pounds but what’s the process?

Here David Oates, Head Researcher at specialist people tracing company FinderMonkey and author of Long Lost Family Tracing explains…

“If you’ve got some basic details about a person you’re looking for then we can locate their current address. We work through potential matches and obtain old documents to find information that makes searching for someone not only possible but highly likely, even if you lost contact back in the fifties”

Many people who use FinderMonkey have spent time and money looking for them already, usually by checking online directories such as but usually these systems won’t help you until you’ve established some key information, so what’s the answer?

“To locate people from the past you need to build a clear picture of their life. So we carry out detailed research that we can then use to quickly identify potential matches, before honing in on the exact person”

FinderMonkey research including historical electoral roll searches, birth & marriage records as well as detailed name and address refining to move towards an exact match.

“Once we have completed this research our chance of success rises to over a 90% chance of tracing their current address”

The advantage of using a company like FinderMonkey is the guaranteed results, thus eliminating all the risk that comes with wasting money on your own searches. They even offer an intermediary service to make that awkward initial contact for you, if that’s required.

For more information please visit  call 0113 2093029



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11th Jun 2020
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I am looking for an old school friend names Nicola Bourne Meadows borN 1952. Nicola was married and her name changed to Mayo, and she had several children when I last was in touch with her, I think there was Angela and Fiona. She was then divorced and we lost touch again, and I would love to get in touch with her. I think she was living in the Watford/Luton area. She had a brother John, sisters Mandy and Eunice and they lived in a village near Wells.
17th Apr 2020
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Hi, looking for a friend I lost contact in the far 1966 and that probably passed away.
Here she is : JANE BROWNIA LANG ,
Born in 1947 from an English mother , EDNA ( PURDOM ?) and a Pole father.
Married JACOB , a Jew, later divorced.
They had a doughter of about 40 / 50 years old now.
Last address known in 1966 :
Many thanks for helping
24th Apr 2017
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iam looking for someone who gave birth to a baby girl on January 27th 1958 in mount pleasant Swansea Glamorganshire
20th Feb 2017
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Looking for a school friend Joan Sutherland from Inverness scotland

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