Finding Lost Family

By David Oates. Head Researcher at FinderMonkey and on BBC1’s Family Finders TV Series.

Here at FinderMonkey we specialise in finding lost family for you. I thought I’d take some time to talk through how we do that so you can either use our service or try and find them yourself.

I’ll outline how we work and hopefully you’ll see the parallels of what you can do yourself.

When someone comes to us our finding lost family service some very special things start to happen. Firstly they have an initial consultation with one of my team. This part of the process is free, it lets us tell the potential customer what we can do and how we can do it. At that point we’ll also give a fixed price for the search too.

If you’re wanting to know more about our finding lost family service then please click here

If you choose to go ahead the next step is for us to look at the information you’ve provided and start to gather the facts about your family member. If you’re interested in finding lost family yourself then this should be your first steps too.

  • Gather all the fact you have about your lost family.
  • Write everything down in order

Once we’ve done the above we work out what information we don’t have that we will need. Let’s take a closer look at what information a usual customer initially has.

This is a made up example but should help you see what we can do…

Name of Person – “My father is called John Smith, I don’t know if he has a middle name”

Age – “About 73, he was 2 years older than my Mum”

Last Known Whereabouts – “He lived with my mum for 6 months in Chester, then we don’t know where he went, he left before I was born”

Any other information? – “We think he was born in Leeds”

That’s some pretty standard information for us to work with. Don’t worry if you know less and don’t celebrate too much if you know more.

So what can we do to find this lost family member?

Well there are two ways to approach this search. The first one is to start looking for a person called John Smith who is about 73. A quick search on our system returned over 200 matches across the UK. Another search says there are over 444 births for that name in 1944! Not overly helpful! But it is a really common name.

We could narrow this down by looking at potential matches in Chester and Leeds. Now the system that produced this data is not available to you online. The next best thing would be but as you get charged per search, you’d need deep pockets to do the searches.

But actually this isn’t where we would start this search anyway. It’s too broad. We need to narrow the search down. So we’d start with his birth. Let’s take a look at the births in Leeds for John Smith in 1944 – There are 4 matches.

Now if we order those 4 documents we almost certainly (although it would still need checking) have this customer’s father’s date of birth. And that’s very useful when it comes to finding lost family.

What next then?

Well we could now check the whereabouts of the 4 matches via their name and date of birth. We could then work forwards and see if any of the matches ever lived in Chester. We could look at marriage records and see if any got married in Chester. We can now work on these 4 matches and see if one looks like a good fit. From that point we can move towards a conclusion.

Some searches are not that easy. Sometimes our customers have even less information. We have located people when we only have a first name. We just have to take the information we are given and look for some piece of identifiable information that can make the search possible. Once we have that, we can push most searches forward.

Every search is the most important search we’ll ever do. We do all we can to help you get the answers you’re looking for.

Each search starts with a first step and that’s a quick chat with us. To find out more about what we do and how we do it, call now on 0113 436 36 04.

If you’d like to know more about our finding lost family service click here.

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Maggie Cole
Maggie Cole
12:43 10 May 17
I contacted Finder Monkey mid-April asking their assistance in locating an old friend of mine whom I had not seen or talked with for 50 years. Within weeks they located and contacted my friend and we reconnected. I am very pleased with the service and professionalism shown by the personnel at Finder Monkey. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is searching for a lost friend or family more
anthony swanston
anthony swanston
22:19 28 Apr 17
hi my name is Anthony Swanston and I was in a children's home In the early 80s. I lost contact with a childhood friend when she left in 81 and eveor since have wondered what had happened to her, so I came across finder monkey, I was a bit sceptical at first because of the cost involved but thought I would give it a go as everything else I tried failed, I read reviews about it and that convinced me to go ahead a give it a try, I thought the staff were extremely helpful and polite, I didn't have much information about my long lost friend, but three bits of info seemed to do the trick, her age, what area she was born, and her unusual first name, I was amazed how quickly finder monkey managed to locate her, I cannot thank finder monkey enough for what they have done in no time at all! me and my long lost friend are now planning to make up for lost time! without finder monkey I don't know what I would have done, I would recommend it highly. Thank you so more
Peter Gornall
Peter Gornall
16:19 18 Apr 17
Quite frankly, I'm astonished. They found a cousin who I lost touch with about 60 years ago. I was able to provide very little information to help the search.I provided his mother's maiden name and he was born during the 39/45 war just before his father was killed in action. I now have his accurate date of birth, his present address and everything I need to contact him. Amazing more
Kevin Kemp
Kevin Kemp
19:49 10 Apr 17
I had been attempting to trace my birth mother for many years without success. I contacted FinderMonkey who with their resources and contacts were able to trace my mother in a matter of weeks, a task all the more difficult as I suspected she had relocated to the USA, which turned out to be the case. FinderMonkey offered to act as intermediaries and I decided to take up this option as I was anxious not to cause any distress. My FinderMonkey contact Sue was sensitive, informative and offered good advice as to how best to proceed. I am now connected with my mother, her sisters, and a variety of cousins. I am very happy to recommend more
Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts
00:36 21 Feb 17
Such an amazing company. Thorough, supportive, with you every step of the way. My investigator Sue was absolutely amazing. Such tiny information but managed to find my family. Truly a remarkable company. If I could give more than 5 stars I would ***********read more
Peter Samuel
Peter Samuel
13:27 19 Jan 17
I have been extremely impressed with the service I received recently from Finder Monkey when trying to contact long lost relatives for a friend of mine who was terminally ill. The whole process was professionally carried out and I was kept up to date all along. Results were obtained very quickly. Sue acted with understanding and compassion throughout a difficult and emotional process for the family. All the staff I spoke to were very polite and attentive and acted promptly. In summary, a fantastic service, would that all organisations acted more
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