Classrooms Reunited.  Reconnected old and lost school friends.

An innovative, intriguing, and challenging concept. An unusual slant focussing on the: 1950s and 1960s era. We don’t just find one single individual we go for the entire class.

Recently it occurred to us that although there a massive tasks ahead, it would be nice to offer something novel, exciting, and a new angle on our people finder service. Generally, conventional people finding services focus exclusively on one-on-one lost friend searches.

What type of classroom reunited do we have in mind?

These searches consist of single-person traces for a specific individual. This could be a childhood best friend, first sweetheart, teenager, adult friend or lost sweetheart.

What we are planning to introduce/offer is something experimental in this field. Focusing on the truly monumental task of finding entire classes of old-school friends from between 50-60 years ago. Specifically, one single class unit of pupils, from one particular school year.

As an example, take this author’s former school: Leagrave Junior School, Luton, 1952. The school’s name changed in the 90s, from Leagrave Junior to Primary-very inspired move!

I wonder how many of your pals from that class can you remember to this day.

Equally how many of them would remember you? Or perhaps with a little memory prod, you both might begin to remember each other.

In any event, would it not be brilliant to reconnect and say hello to them all, once again? To us here at Friends Reconnected, this would be quite an “awesome” experience they say nowadays. A wonderful and warm feeling envelopes us at just the sheer delight of this prospect ever happening. However, we are aware that with a 60-year gap in between, a 100% success rate is quite impossible.

Guide as to what we need.

1. To begin we shall require as many names of pupils as you can remember. At the same time any addresses where they once resided or names of parents. Although you might think it unlikely, many people do remember the names of their friends’ parents. We reckon this is probably due to being invited to family homes for tea, picnics, birthday parties etc.

We cannot stress the importance of the names of parents. From this information, we can find names of siblings, which can sometimes give us the necessary breakthrough we need. Especially if they are male and their surname never changes this can give us a vital link. When searching for a female it becomes more challenging due to surname changing through marriage. Indeed, often more than once due to divorces etc.

2. Where they resided: Town/City/Village. Name of Road, Street, Avenue, or Lane. If you can remember the exact house number. Although unlikely a big bonus if you can. Comment: A bonus is; that the chances are they would have all resided near the school (catchment area) which makes our job a lot easier.

3. Names of their mum and dad? Often, surprisingly, people do remember their name/s.

4. Names of siblings. Massively helpful.

5. Where Mum and or Dad worked. Or the name of the firm which they owned if business owners.

6. If you also knew them when they became adults, the names of any employers and associated friends you can recall.

7. Birth Listing. It’s not unusual for us to be unable to identify a birth listing entry. This we discovered can be due to them being born abroad. Especially towards the end of WW11 children were perhaps born outside of the UK. Particularly in countries such as Germany and Italy where maybe Dad was posted. We can usually unravel all of this stuff but it takes more time.

 Some of the challenges in finding an entire class of ex-school pupils dating back to 1952

Moved abroad (doable but costs increase)

Changed their name by this should slow us up but is doable.

More than one marriage is also difficult to keep track of.

Very rare but the individual could be given a prison sentence.

How do we go about the task?

Essentially, we piece together all or as many elements as we can provide, from what we described above. Then, using the individual’s birth year (which for sure we would know) as you were all in the same class we begin the work of working our way through the maze. “Locking in” on any address (via the local archive electoral register) where they once lived with their parents.

Then the last piece in the puzzle is of course where are they residing today? If we get lucky, they might be living just around the corner.  Or conversely 12,000 miles away.

With the expertise we have gained over many years, we are well-equipped to go about the task of finding them.

In conclusion, this is an experimental pilot scheme. Which we very much hope will prove popular for many of our older citizens who are out there today.

Equally, it could be a total failure. But there is only one way to find out!

Costs! To be perfectly honest at this juncture, we haven’t got a clue! To begin with (first couple of cases) there will be no charge!!