The FinderMonkey Weekly - Week 11 FinderMonkey

Welcome to the FinderMonkey Weekly. Our weekly deep dive into the world of people tracing.

We hope you have enjoyed the past few weeks interviewing the team, from our Managing Director and Lead Trace Consultant to our DNA expert who covered how we can utilise DNA to find Long Lost Relatives.

This week our Head Researcher David Oates talks about how we trace people.

This is certainly David’s area of expertise. In this video he talks through the traditional methods of research.

So, how do we do it?

We first utilise the information you have (however little that may be) as previously discussed we can find relatives with little or no information at all these days but the 3 keys pieces for a traditional search are a name, rough age and last known whereabouts at any point in the their life.

When we search we always start historically first. We can delve into birth, death and marriage records to match up against the details you have. We are always looking for that starting point. The anchor where we can say ‘we’re on the right track and looking at the right person’ once we have that then we can follow the path their life has taken through to where they are today.

Don’t worry, we will always take into account variations of names spellings along the way, so we have you covered if you’re unsure.

Other useful details that can help to find someone are relatives names, sibling, parents, even old friends, where they used to work and what they did for a living too. Sometimes that can be the unique snippet of someones past that will be the key to unlocking everything.

Birth, death and marriage records go as far back as 1837 so if we need to uncover distant relatives then we can, these is also access now to the 1921 census (amongst others) which can be really useful when working a couple of generations back too. These can be accessed through sites such as Ancestry and Find My Past.

Occasionally we may even need to access records direct form the British Library or even use one of our amazing external researchers should we need to search outside of the UK, we can find people all over the world!

When you have the details you need to find someone, there are some online electoral rolls that can help you locate them but in most cases this can be difficult for the public to do, especially if the person you are looking for has moved around a lot too.

We are fully licenced and regulated to access the privately sourced databases we have; this allows us to source the most to date and accurate information on someone which help us then make guarantees on complains that we have found he right person for you too.

But rest assured, all of our searches include an intermediary too, so we never just supply someones address data. When you’re ready we will always facilitate the first contact for you to support you and the person you are looking for through to an amicable outcome and at a pace everyone is comfortable with.

We’ll talk more about this next week with our intermediary expert, Sue.

We really hope you enjoy this week’s video, of course if you have any questions then please do let us know.

See you next week!

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Did you know?

The service we provide to find family members can be used even if you have limited information (or in some cases, no information at all!)

The service includes an intermediary service, so once we have located your long lost relative, we’ll support you to make that all important contact with them.

We can help you locate your relatives if you or they have been adopted too or even if you think they could be in another country.

We have a tailored service to suit what is needed to find you the answers your looking for.