How to Find Your Estranged Relatives

Author: PeopleFinders on July 3rd, 2019
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Being estranged from a family member can be difficult for everyone involved. After all, family is an important part of life, and not being able to access that fully can lead to stress. It can be even harder if you two became estranged after a difficult incident.

Not having closure, or regret over how you handled the situation, may leave you with guilt and frustration. The good news is that the modern era has provided plenty of tools that can help you find those estranged relatives. These tools include:

  • Social media
  • Email
  • People Search Engines

Social Media

This is a great way to find relatives and reach out to them. Social media makes it easy to find people. All you have to do is type in a name, and you’ll find a list of users that have that name.

If you know your relative went to a certain school or worked at a certain company, that makes things even easier. Schools and businesses can create Facebook pages that individuals can link to when creating their profile and adding-in past life events. Check the people who’ve connected with those organizations to see whether you can find your relative.

You may also be able to find him or her by looking through other family members and people who were once mutual friends. They may still be in touch with one another, even though you aren’t. This is more difficult because the network can be so large; people on social media sites often have hundreds of friends listed, and going through every one of those can be time-consuming. However, if you have the time, it may be worth it.


If you were ever in contact with your estranged relative through email, try emailing again. It’s a good idea to spend a bit of time on composing this email, because estrangement isn’t easily repaired, no matter how good your intentions are.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that the person no longer uses that email address, has deleted the address, or blocked your emails entirely. If you send an email and don’t get a response, consider using that email address to find other places the person may have an online presence.

You can use an email address to find people on a number of social media accounts. And even searching the name online may yield results, depending upon how security-conscious he or she is. No matter what you end up doing with it, don’t underestimate the value of an email address.

People Search Engines

When it comes to finding contact information for people in the shortest possible time, people search engines are king. Public records have always been a great option if you’re looking for location or contact information. But going through public records searches has traditionally been difficult and time-consuming, and may even be expensive, as some states charge a “copying fee” for documents.

With an online people search engine, you have the opportunity to get all the information you need quickly and easily. All you need is a first name and a last name, and you can use PeopleFinders to try and locate them. With PeopleFinders, it’s possible to get back in contact with estranged relatives. You don’t even have to know where the person lives right now; you can input the city and state of where the relative used to live when you were still in contact, and you may still get results.

With just a few clicks, you can perform a public records search to try and find and reconnect with someone you’ve been estranged from for decades. If you find the right person, you may also get other necessary contact info, such as current address, phone numbers, and other people who are in the person’s life.


Although living without an estranged relative can be difficult, it’s not the end of the road. You can always try to get back in contact. And you may even be able to repair the relationship, so that you’re able to move on together. Let PeopleFinders help you try and find those estranged relatives, and make your first move toward reconciliation.

Find even more information about contacting those with whom you’ve lost touch by checking out the PeopleFinders blog.

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