It seems that the most common searches and location endeavors are those of adopted children. In such cases the first step is to speak to the adoption facility that was used to finalize the process. In cases of semi-open and open adoption processes these records can be easily acquired. In cases that are more difficult you can choose to seek the assistance of a genealogist. Genealogist like my mother perform searches and inquiries into birth records and census records all of the time and may be able to help you at least find the name of your birth parents. Some of these searches have produced very positive results. Another avenue you may wish to try to contact a private investigator to aid you in your search.
In this day and age of technology there are numerous online searches and investigations that can be done to help you find the person you are looking for. There are multiple sites online to aid in your searches and find whomever you may wish to reunite with. You can find sites that help you to find fellow classmates by asking about the school you attended, the year you or they graduated and the maiden name of the person that you are looking for. These sites usually cost money but are designed to do the searches and investigation for you. You may find that these sites are less costly than seeking a private investigator. However before paying someone to help you, you may want to consider your online white pages and see what you can find there.
Unfortunately there is generally a cost incurred through the use of any of these searches and sites. However many of these individuals or companies designed to aid in your search have the expertise to find the information you need and have access to records you may not be able to locate on your own. Some things you will be able to acquire through access to public records in various cities and townships but first you have to know where to begin. Not all of these sites require a fee in order to find the person an individual is searching for. Others also only charge if you do find the person you are looking for.
However, not all people want to be found for whatever reasons they may have. So in your search I wish you the best of luck. Before you hire or obtain the services of these companies that conduct these searches and investigations do your research on the company first. Also if you are an adopted child or someone searching for a long lost relative speak to your family first. Find out what information they can provide you with first. And don’t overlook the possibility of using a genealogical site to find out how to proceed next.