How to find a childhood friend?
Changing schools, moving to another city, new interests and passions, new friends… Losing sight of school friends is sad, but very common.
Here are some practical tips and advice to help you find a childhood friend more easily.
1. Gather the information before searching for his childhood friend
Before moving on to the tips, advice and tools to help you find your childhood friend, it is important to gather all the relevant information about this friend.
As we talked about in this other article: How to find a person on the Internet? it’s important to make a list of all the information you have and remember about that lost friend.
Here is some info that might help you find that childhood friend more easily:
- Your friend’s last name, first name and even nickname at the time.
- The name of the school where you studied together.
- The names of his parents and siblings.
- The last address and phone number you remember.
- Your friend’s passions and hobbies.
The more information you have, the easier and faster it will be to find that friend you lost sight of!
2. Find a childhood friend on Facebook
I’m talking about Facebook, but in reality you have to look on all the social networks you know and on which you have a profile of course.
Simply launch a search with your friend’s first and last name and search among all the profile photos offered. Since you’re looking for a childhood friend, it can be difficult to recognize her from a profile picture, especially if it dates back several years.
Try to refine your search on Facebook by selecting a city, the title of a job or the name of a school, etc… as in the image below:
3. Do you have friends in common?
One trick that could definitely help you find a lost friend is to check your current friends list on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or other social networks.
If you’re still in touch with some of your childhood friends, maybe they’re still friends with that friend you’re trying to track down.
So go to the Friends section of your friends’ Facebook profile and start a search with the first and last name of the person you are looking for. If the friends list is private then ask them directly if they are in touch with your childhood friend, you might get a nice surprise!
4. Sites to find these childhood friends
Friends and people finder sites are another way to help you find your childhood friends and old classmates.
Here are precisely 2 specialized sites that you can visit to start your research:
Trombi.com: If you live in France and are looking for a former classmate then this site is the ultimate solution! You choose the region, the department if necessary and finally the primary school where you studied during your childhood.
You will find the number of former students registered on the site and you can even refine the search by year and thus find the name of your childhood friend more easily.
Friends from before: It is a site that you absolutely must visit to find your childhood friends and classmates that you have lost sight of. Once registered on the site, you will be able to search directly in the directory of members or better search according to a particular establishment.
With its 15 million members and more than 1 million profile photos, I’m sure you’ll find that childhood friend you so much want to see again after all these years!
5. Search for a childhood friend on Google
Google is another great way to find a friend you lost track of years ago.
Of course, the more information you have about the person you are looking for, the more likely you are to find them easily through Google.
Here are some suggested Google searches:
- First and last name of your friend.
- Surname, first name and city.
- Last name, first name is your girlfriend’s hobby at the time.
- Surname, first name and the name of a school.
- Surname, first name and the name of a social network (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.)
Googling a person should be your first instinct in trying to find them!