Having just a brief bit of old information can oftentimes help you find people from your past. It's a bit scary if some wacko is trying to find you but quite exciting if you are the wacko trying to find someone : ) My husband & I at one point during our many, many moves lost touch with his birth mother & her family. A little over a year ago I sat down at the computer & thought I'd try once again to find one of them. I had tried this many times in previous years & had no luck ... but this time I found the son of a half-brother with a phone number listed. We called, had some nice phone conversations, & now we all know where we are : )
I posted the other day about finding my old tatting friend by just Googling her name & being led to her old website on which she had posted a link to her Etsy shop. I went to her Etsy shop & found nothing for sale but I did find her contact info. I dropped her a line & we are now catching up : )
Over the years John & I have often wondered what happened to some very good friends we used to have when our children were younger. (For the purpose of this posting I'll call them Harry & Betty & their children George & Monica.) We met them when we lived in Florida. John & Harry both worked for the VA where they met & really hit it off. It wasn't long before we got together as couples & Betty & I also hit it off. Time went by. We shared many meals, visited many fun places, & played cards every weekend. Children were born & played together. After a few years John & I moved to Montana & Harry & Betty moved to Oklahoma. We visited them in Oklahoma once while we were living in North Dakota & had a fun visit but then suddenly life went every which way & we lost touch. We tried many times over the years to find them but never could. I was thinking about them again yesterday & decided to type their names into Google to see if I might have any luck. I didn't ... at least not at first. I first tried Harry's name, then Betty's name, then the names of the children. At one point I came across several Bettys & one had the middle name Kay. A light bulb lit up above my head & I remembered that this was my old friend's middle name. I searched some more.
Let me stop here to say that there are sites you can stumble across when you are searching for someone & these sites will give you a wee bit of info ... like the name of the person & the name of a town where this person has lived ... but then they want you to pay money to get further info. I never do that ... I just keep hunting & pecking around.
As I continued my search I found a site that listed Betty Kay's name & a few of her "associations" which were the names of Harry & the children. I then played around some more & found a link to an attorney in Oklahoma with the same name as Harry & Betty's son. When I clicked on the link, I knew immediately that I had found George. His photo was on the site & he is a dead ringer for Harry & Betty : ) I emailed him via the law firm's contact link explaining who I was & asked that if he was indeed Harry & Betty's son would he would please give them my contact info.
This morning I received an email from George confirming that yes, he is the son of Harry & Betty & that he would pass along my contact information to Betty saying that he was sure his mom would be thrilled to give me a call : )