When one or more family members have been out of your life for any length of time, odds are you may want to see where they are.

With that in mind, how best to go about tracking someone down in your family when you’ve not heard or seen them in a while?

Reconnecting with Someone in Your Life

In looking to reconnect with someone missing in your family life, here are a few ways to narrow the search:

  1. Turn to Internet – One of the more common means of finding family outside of your home is the Internet. Given most people are able to access the web at home, work, a library and other such means, it may be your fastest way to go. Once online, you can do a variety of searches for the family member you’d like to gain more info on. One option would be to consider turning to a national records office in this effort. Such a search in England can lead you to official legal documents and more. The goal is to try and get information that will make it easier to connect with someone missing from your past. While online, also think of giving social media a try. Countless people leave a trail on social networking sites. These sites include places like Facebook, Instagram and more. Unless one has a locked account, odds are you see via social media where they are residing and what they have been up to. You’d even have the option of leaving them a message online to reach out to you should they choose to do so.
  2. Network within family – Another option would be doing some networking within your family. Depending on the individual you’d like to connect with, someone in your family may have a lead for you. As an example, you may be looking for a cousin you’ve lost contact with over time. Someone such as a brother, sister, parent or other cousin may keep in touch with the person in question. If so, you can turn to one of those individuals to help point you in the right direction. Some families have little to no contact with one another. That said many others in fact do stay in pretty regular communication with each other as time goes by.
  3. Don’t lose touch moving ahead – Finally, while families do branch out and lose touch, try to avoid this. So, do your best when someone is not under your roof to stay in touch with them. This can be through texting, emails, phone and time on the computer via sites such as Skype, FaceTime and so on. The goal is to do your best to remain in touch. Even if this means periodic updates with one another, do your best to keep communication open. Doing so lessens the chances for major gaps to occur. That is between time spent communicating with family members you do not live with.

In looking to connect with missing family, are you excited about the possibilities?