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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:13 PM 
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If you've lost an online friend (or a real time one), the internet has many tools to look for them and see if they are around (and hopefully living).  I'm going to share some of the best resources in this thread and feel free to add your own.

These also could be useful if someone has passed away in gathering information.

One problem online is that people may not use their full or real names, but people often consistently use the name "nickname" all across the internet.  (I've used GEAATL on hundreds of sites over the years).

 

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:14 PM 
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Start out by looking up the person's name on Google (and BING). You can also search the person's name in "Google Images" for pictures of the person and then run through some of the sites on Google for that person's name. 

Since Google now searches much of Delphi, Delphi posts often come up in Google searches.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:15 PM 
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Check Facebook.  With close to a billion people, more than ten percent of the world has a Facebook page.  Likely about 40% of Americans do.
 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:23 PM 
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Try people search sites on the internet.

123 people.com http://www.123people.com/people-search is an often very effective free tool where you know the real-life name.   Since it often shows relatives and locations it can help you narrow down WHICH John Smith, when you have a common name.

Zabasearch http://www.zabasearch.com/ also has extensive free information.

Wink http://wink.com/ is a very powerful people search site.

Intellius http://www.intelius.com/ is also worth a look.

Wiki World Book http://wikiworldbook.com/free-people-search/ is another source.

Note that many of the above sites will link you to a mixture of free and paid searches.

 

 

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:24 PM 
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Check Boardreader.

Boardreader indexes a number of online forum sites, including Delphi.   Since Delphi no longer has a systemwide message search, you may find Delphi members via the posts indexed on this site.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:29 PM 
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Google Plus and Twitter and Linked-in.

Google's not as big as Facebook but there are lots of people there and it's well-searchable.

Twitter and Linked-in also have huge numbers of members.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:32 PM 
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The phone book

Besides the real phone book that hardly anyone ever uses anymore check http://www.whitepages.com/ (The White Pages Online).

 

 
From: SuziB (SuziBlocker) DelphiPlus Member Icon3/10/13 8:36 PM 
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We are having our 50th high school reunion in May and need to verify the death of some of our former classmates.

Do you know of any good resources we could use?

Note: We have 50 deaths which we need to verify.

Suzi

 
 


 

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:40 PM 
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Suzi: Besides the links in this thread, try the sites we have in other links in other threads in this forum:
Find-a-Grave 
USGenWeb Project 
www.deathindexes. com 
Ancestry.com 

Also, since a significant portion of graduates may stay in the area where the school was, call the local newspaper(s) and see if they can provide information on searching their obituaries, which may be online, or may largely not be online, depending on the newspaper.   A major funeral home in the area might also suggest useful local and area resources.

Also check Classmates.com  and Tributes.com  .

If any of the alumni are or were Delphi members, you could also start a thread in the missing persons folder and see if anyone here knows.

  • Edited 3/10/2013 8:51 pm ET by Glen (GEAATL)
 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/10/13 8:43 PM 
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Classmates.com

Classmates.com is a major resource for finding classmates, so it also may be a useful resource. 

  • Edited 3/10/2013 8:44 pm ET by Glen (GEAATL)
 

 
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