Lost someone? We know a quick and easy way to find him -- the
Internet. Below you'll find a short list of some of the best resources for finding people. Also, be sure to check out PeopleSpot.com, a StartSpot site that features great people-finding tools and resources.
Whether you're looking for a long-lost cousin, searching for your
birth mom or researching your family tree, these sites are a great place to
YourFamily.com. Find everything from missing birth parents and birth siblings to relatives and friends. This site features a searchable bulletin board.
Ancestry.com. Whatever you imagine needing to research your family's roots -- you'll find it here. Other comprehensive genealogical sites include RootsWeb and the USGenWeb Project.
Adoption.com. Search for a lost birth relative through its Reunion Registry.
Sometimes it's for fun (finding an old classmate), sometimes it's for
survival (finding a dead-beat dad). With the help of these sites, you'll pin
down that missing person in no time.
1-800-U.S.SEARCH. This site claims to be the No. 1 people-locator service in the world. (With all the accolades it's received, it's not our place to argue.) The search does cost money (at the time of this story, about $39.95), but 1-800-U.S.SEARCH does use the same databases used by the FBI, law enforcement agencies and private investigators. Plus you'll get search results in one hour. Other fee-charging sites that use the same public records include KnowX.com, US Public Info and PeopleFinder.com.