The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Genealogists usually find deceased people. However, the skills we have acquired can often be put to use finding living people as well. Perhaps you want to locate a living distant cousin or two. You might want to check up on that new neighbor or the person who applied for a job at the office. Maybe you are interested in the background of your daughter's new boyfriend. Whatever the reason, modern online tools can be a big help.
Google is your friend
Of course, the first place you start is at Google.com. Everyone's favorite search engine collects most everything. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your viewpoint. For now, let's ignore the good versus evil debate and just look for information.
Assuming the person you seek has an unusual name, simply typing in the name of the individual may find the information you seek. However, the more common the name, the more difficult the search becomes. Next, some people are more "Internet active" than others, and their names may appear more often than others.
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