Are you looking for a lost sibling? Let’s start with the good news: searching for a lost sibling through public records and/or online is free. Before you start, you should gather as much information as you can about them. Talk to your other siblings, parents, and anyone else who knows them. The more information you have to go on, the easier it will be to find your sibling. As you look through records, you will be able to add to this information.

If you’re looking for a lost sibling, a people finder is probably the best place to start. Sites such as Pipl, YoName, and Zabasearch check social media, blogs, and other websites for information about your lost sibling.

If your heart is set on it, don’t wait to do a person lookup online. Here are a few other search options that can help you find the information you need.

Public Records

Publicly available records will give you access to any birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates, as long as you know where to look. Start by typing “free public records” into Google. Add any information you have about your sibling. Then, run an individual search using their full name, as well as place and date of birth.

If you can’t find any relevant information online, you can ask for public records at the county court office. They will only need your sibling’s name to access these records, but the more information you have, the better. The court office doesn’t necessarily have to be the one in your area. Therefore, you should go to the office of the county where your sibling was born or got married.

If you’re not sure about their name, you can ask for your parents’ public records in the area where they were born. You might find your sibling’s birth record this way, too. If they were given up for adoption, you can also ask your parents for any relevant documents.

Social Networks

Social media is a rich source of information, but not all of it is reliable. In any case, it is worth trying to search for them. Search for your lost sibling’s first and last name, as well as any variations of their name(s) and nicknames. While Facebook is the best place to start, you should also expand your search to LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Phone Book

Local phone book listings might have information about your sibling. To check them, you can use their city of birth or marriage. If you don’t have a phone book for the respective area, you should call the local phone company. You can also try an online phone book database using the same information, including their full name, city and state of birth, and city and state of marriage.

As you continue to search, more results will appear. It is a good idea to make a list and contact each person. However, it is important to proceed with patience and caution – before you get in touch with your sibling, you’ll likely have many calls to make.

Missing Persons

You can also register at NAMUS and other missing person sites. NAMUS is funded by the US government. It lets police and the general public add and track missing person cases.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent

These two organizations can help you find a missing sibling. They are backed by the Red Cross and Red Crescent International Federation, as well as around 200 national societies, and the International Red Cross Committee. Their international network focuses on bringing together people who were separated by civil strife or other conflicts. The staff can help with administrative issues and provide moral support.  

Genealogy Search Engines

One last option that shouldn’t be overlooked is running a genealogy search. These search engines have helped many people find their lost relatives.

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