Reaching Out (PDF)
It is easier than ever to locate and re-connect with people. You can find almost anyone in the world by using a combination of search engines and social networking sites. As you search for them on the web, one old friend will lead to another and you’ll begin to piece together a picture of their lives. In most cases, people will be happy and interested to hear from you. Still, observe common-sense etiquette when reaching out to people and be respectful of their privacy, current life circumstances and time.
Some resources that might help:
Facebook is a social networking site that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
You can search for distant relatives, old classmates, and long lost friends who may have profiles.
Also a social networking site, but business-oriented. You can use it to find former colleagues and friends. Learn more about the site here.
They are popular search engines. The right search can help you locate bios, phone numbers, addresses.
Find a friend or high school alumni from more than 40 million members in over 200,000 affiliations at Classmates.com. Please note that this is a paid membership. You may also be able to find your friends and former classmates on your high school and college web sites.
Visit Genealogy.com to discover and preserve your family's unique story.
Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more.