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Trying to discover how to find old school friends is not as easy as it may first appear. The Internet has become a huge universe of information and you are going to need to access the right tools in order to find a destination to the information that you seek. Simply Googling the name of an old school friend may not be enough. Below, this article is going to outline some of the essential steps that should assist you in your quest to reconnect to your old classmates.


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    Use Google. It may sound obvious, but you will probably be amazed at the wealth of information that can be garnished from your Google searches. In the first instance, you could do a specific search such as “John Smith”. In order to connect the name with a city or town (if you have that information) you could do “John Smith” + Dallas. This search technique could also be applied if you have the name of the high school that he attended. For example: “John Smith” + “Hillcrest High School”. This should give you more targeted results. If you don’t have any luck, try searching for people who may have been friends of the person you are looking for, as they may have contact details.[1]
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    Use Free People Search Engines. These websites can be of use in order to provide you with basic information that you may not be able obtain elsewhere on the web. The way they tend to operate is offering basic information for free and a charge for more detailed facts. This being said, they can be especially useful at the beginning of a search to quickly identify a location or specific address.[2] They can also provide a paid option if all other avenues are explored without success.
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    Use Free Friend Finder Forums. These sites are message boards that are moderated by "search angels" or volunteers with special people search tools. Put in a request, and they'll go looking for you.
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    Use Facebook. The incredible popularity of Facebook makes it a valuable resource in finding your old school friends. It should be considered that not everybody has a Facebook account.[3] However, even the huge numbers that do and the frequency that it is used by its members. It could be an excellent way to reconnect with people very quickly.
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    Use Myspace. Myspace is another hugely popular site. Millions of people do have profiles on this site and the old school friend you are searching for could be one of them.[4] You can either go the site and use their search facilities or alternatively Google My Space “John Smith” for example. There is also the facility to send a message to your old school friend if you do find them their.
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    Use offline methods. . You can phone your old school to see if they may have a forwarding address. A check of public records might as well prove to be useful.
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    My Hometown Schools is another free site to consider. They specialize only in schools and have over 50,000 schools and colleges listed to help you find your old school friends at
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    Use paid services . If you need to use a paid service to locate someone you have lost touch with, a good source of information can be an Electoral Roll Search. An Electoral Roll Search will give you a list of names and addresses that match your search criteria. If you use this type of service, make sure you use a secure site with access to the best data.

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  • Question
    Where can I find old school photos dating back to 1958?
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    Try going back to the school where the yearbooks were sold; they may have archives.
  • Question
    If I'm on the other side of the world, how would that affect my ability to find my old friends?
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    You should be able to find your old friends online no matter where you are in the world, provided they have social media accounts.
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    Can I just enter the school name and the date we left?
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    Yes, but there is a possibility that if you're much older, these files may have been lost of thrown away.
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    Trying to connect with classmates from Old Lord Dufferin School Toronto, Ontario (Cabbage Town)1956 to 1960.
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    Contact the school direct or contact its alumni society. They will be able to let you know how to find old classmates via their records or other means like advertising your desire to meet up again through alumni magazines or a website, etc.
  • Question
    What if my I'm leaving primary school?
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    Don't worry. Just have fun. Your friends will still be there in middle school.
  • Question
    How do I find my old friend if she is 13 years old now?
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    I'm guessing that you sort of lost contact with this friend of yours. Maybe you could go on social media and search for her. Try Facebook first and branch out from there.
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    I want to contact my old school friend, but I don't know her full name. The last time I saw her about 15 years ago. What do I do?
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    If any of your other friends were friends with her, you can just ask them what her full name is. Or if this doesn't help you and your other friends can do a reunion party!!
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