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How to trace a person


How to trace a person

This article will discuss how to trace a person, reasons why you may want to trace a person, and what information you need to trace or find a person.

Are you trying to find someone in the UK? When someone is unable to be reached, either by telephone, post, or email, it can be difficult to know how to get into contact with them, especially if they aren’t at home or places you’d usually find them. So what do you do when you can’t get in touch with anyone? People tracing is available in the UK, and it can be performed for a variety of reasons, some of which we will talk about today.

If you’re trying to get in touch with someone – for whatever reason – then you’ve come to the right place!

Read on to find out why you’d trace a person, and how you can go about it.


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Why you might want to trace a person

Someone has gone missing unexpectedly

One of the main reasons people look at people tracing is when they’ve gone missing unexpectedly, but there’s no evidence to suggest there’s any danger. Perhaps they simply stopped showing up to work, their property has been cleared and they’re no longer around. This can be very distressing for those that care about them, and is a very valid reason for wanting to find the missing person.

Many of our people tracing searches are for missing persons or where someone has just not been in touch for a period of time outside of the norm. Find UK People offer a fast 24-hour people location service that will locate a person’s whereabouts and confirm recent activity data at the address which goes some way to providing peace of mind.


You need to deliver news

It’s not unusual for people to lose touch, and if you’ve got family or friends that live hundreds of miles away, you’d probably only keep in touch via phone call or text. However, if their phone number has changed and you need to deliver news, it can be difficult to know how to contact them, especially if you don’t have an address. Using a people finder service can help find them to put you into contact.

The Find UK People telephone tracing service will locate an active contact number for the person of interest in a short 24 hour period. Importantly our service will check and verify that the supplied telephone number is in the subject name and is active and current.


Inheritance tracing

You may be looking to find a beneficiary for inheritance but you have no idea where they could be. People tracing can use an array of different methods to help find them to accept their inheritance.

During probate having a fast hands-off service that will locate all the beneficiaries of a will in a short period of time is vital and allows the administrator of the Will to concentrate on other matters within the probate. Learn more about beneficiary tracing.


Someone owes you money

Money owing can be a massive problem if the person that owes you money cannot be contacted because if you’re trying to settle the issue through a small claims court, you’ll need the contact details for both parties. Using a people tracing service will help track a debtor down so that you can claim the money you’re owed.  

Debtor tracing is very different from other forms of tracing as sometimes the debtor is using evasive tactics to avoid contact by creditors and this is where an experienced debtor tracing service is invaluable. This article expands further on our debtor tracing services.


Tracing birth parents

Another reason people tracing is used is to find birth parents. Some people find out later in life that they have birth parents that are still alive, and they may want to get in contact with them either for personal or medical reasons.

An experienced family tracing service is the best way to locate the correct named individuals that you are searching for and to enable a compliant search in line with current GDPR requirements. Our family tracing service will obtain consent in a compliant manner to allow you the Peace of mind that the search has been conducted in a legally compliant process. Find further information on family tracing.


Searching for a witness

If you’ve been in an accident or you’re being accused of something that you’re not guilty of, then you can use a people tracing service to track down witnesses at the scene of the crime or accident. Even with little information such as a name or an email address, people tracing services can find people and put you into contact with them.

We always work on a no trace no fee basis for people tracing cases of this nature which means that the risk is minimal as we only charge for a successful trace of the party you are looking for.


A contract is not fulfilled

Whether you’ve had some work done on your home, or you’re in business with someone, if they haven’t fulfilled their side of the contract and have disappeared suddenly, a people tracing service can help you find them.

Our service is no trace no fee and will help you reconnect with a builder who has disappeared with funds for example.


Serving papers

If you need to serve someone papers such as divorce papers and you realize you’ve been given a false address, there are a number of other people tracing methods that can be used to track them down so that you can serve your papers. Learn more about process service.



How it works

There are a number of reasons as to why you might want to trace someone, and these are to just name a few. Interested in finding out how we go about helping you track down people?

Here’s a detailed guide on our process so you understand what we can offer and what we will do to help put you in touch.


How to trace a person

This section will talk about how to trace a person, with tips and advice on what information is useful to trace a person in the U.K. Tracing people in the UK is best left to a professional tracing agent but there are many things one can provide that will help a trace agent to locate someone in the UK.


Full name

Providing a full name including a middle name will help to narrow the possible matches especially when layered with other information points if you do not know a middle name then an initial will also help. The other part of the name that helps is providing any maiden names and parent’s names.

Previous address

Previous address data is very important for any trace agent, as this provides a starting point to link to the present day. Credit reference agency data will allow a trace agent to link from the previous address to the present day with ease. The more previous addresses supplied the better the trace agent´s chances, as it gives multiple chances to trace forward.


Date of birth

Date of birth is a very important data point as it starts to provide the unique key to an individual, for example, there will be thousands of John Smith´s but only a few or one John smith born on 17-07-1987. This also helps to start to make sure the traced subject is indeed the correct subject.


Telephone numbers

Any telephone number is very useful as it will be able to be reverse searched and provide a linked address for further investigation. Telephone numbers are of use even if disconnected and not in use currently as the systems tracing agents used will be powerful enough to historically search.


Email addresses

Email details are useful, as again, they can be reverse searched for linked address data. Find UK People offer a fast service to locate and reverse search an email or telephone number.


Websites owned by the subject

These are useful data points, as we can search information which is on the website and also which was supplied when the website was set up, this can sometimes give us the key data point to enable a positive trace.

Really the key takeaway is that the more information provided the better as tracing works on tracking and investigating data points and linking those data points to the subject and the present day.


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