Find by name a person in UK

Find by name a person in UK

Find someone by name in the UK using our special guide created by a professional people finder. Hints, advice, and general direction on how best to approach finding someone by name whom you have lost contact with a long time ago. Above is a picture of the lovely Cheryl not seen since 1966. What I wouldn’t give to just say hello, kiss her and squeeze her hand once more. If she is still alive that is. 

Locate a person in England by their name. We created here a special guide produced by a professional search for people. The tips are aimed at providing advice and general direction on how to locate someone by name who you haven’t heard from for a whilst.

Tracing people by name in UK.

The process of finding someone’s address in the UK. This particular account/story relates to a client’s request which we managed to fulfil. That is despite it being “somewhat challenging” – shall we say. We have attempted in this description/story scenario, to mirror some of the things we have to encounter along the way. Things which respectfully we can say you probably never considered.

Find by name a person in UK


Find a person in England by name.

Understandable, and unfortunately many of our enquirers often tend to be wearing rose-tinted spectacles. Thinking we just simply click on a few buttons here on the PC screen, and then refer to Facebook or similar, and “voila” that person is found in the blinking of an eye.

To protect privacy actual names are redacted

“Hi Dave. Regarding your request to find a brother and/or sister in adulthood today. Firstly I can report these are the entire UK births listings for people named Derek 1942-46. and Janet from 1945 to the end of 1948. The reason I have listed them all is to try and link up the same mother to ensure we have the ones we are targeting.

Crucially if it lists the mother’s maiden surname name then of course two mothers of the same surname are 99% equal we have the right one. Especially if the births occurred in the same parish register.

Having the names of both parents and mum’s maiden name ensures we are looking at the right person/s in adulthood. Many people think they are being helpful by quoting a place where one of them once worked back in the 1970s, but unfortunately, to us, that info is quite useless. Why? (1) Chances are nobody working there today would know of them. (2) Or if miraculously someone working did know/remember them, they would have no idea of their whereabouts.  (3) The company may have closed down some time ago. (4) Even if the company by miracle had a record of this individual, under data protection rules they cannot divulge it.

Find by name a person in UK

Looking through the listings we cannot find a mutual mother’s maiden name between Janet and Derek. This is quite a heavy setback, actually. It affects our ability down the line to establish we have the marriage to the right one, as always, the Mother’s maiden name is applied. The question is: do we have the right one?

Having said that there are other issues we have to consider. Around the end of WW2, some births took place on military bases. This muddies the waters as it usually bears no relation to where they may have been brought up, or which schools they attended. This location set the strong possibility of a military environment.  Such as Aldershot, and Colchester (Army). In the case of the Navy, usually, it was Portsmouth.  RAF. Waddington, and various other parts of Lincolnshire where many RAF bomber command locations were sited.

Just to muddy the waters even further between 1944-46 some births and registrations occurred abroad, many being German brides. All of these are potential situations we have to be aware of, to be able to find your special lost friend. Luckily we can find these overseas British forces births listing, but it’s very time-consuming. Also if you employ a people searcher who is not aware of this possible scenario they might simply declare to you: sorry we can’t find him/her.

From what I have seen thus far it’s tough to make a decision on which one is your Janet. I could easily focus on our Janet in 2 seconds if I had the Christian names of Mum and Dad. As it is, I only have A.J. xxx which does not help at all. Where we have a situation like this we typically find a sibling listing from which we can then match Mum’s maiden name to both Derek and Janet. This would be a 2-minute job. Are you sure it was Derek and not Dennis for example?

However, we do often find ourselves having to work without any birth information and pick things up further down the line. Here we did have a bit of a breakthrough!! A marriage listing for a Janet xxxx Hereford, 1968. Of course, it’s far from conclusive as your Janet but I have a good feeling about it. Especially as Hereford was once a major army barracks and today hosts the SAS.

Find by name a person in UK

These days some local libraries retain archive electoral rolls and instead of me having to make a personal visit they will find what I need, make a photocopy and send it on to me for a fee. Although I should say that some local libraries no longer retain electoral archive electoral rolls. This being the case and I would be directed to the county hall where they are sometimes kept. But here we may be dealing with two local libraries.

So, what I usually do if the local library cannot send photocopies (actually some libraries are not even answering the phone is to visit the British Library off Euston Road. They hold all electoral registers going back 200 years. You make an appointment and they have all registers ready and waiting. If we have to go down that route the cost would be an extra £125.00. Train fares, or congestion charges, and a day out of the office.

Anyway, that’s the end of round one Michael. I will have another go at it soon.

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