Sometimes as life goes on people get separated and lose touch for certain reasons. Whether it’s moving abroad or divorce families can often get torn apart.

If something like this has happened and you want to reconnect with a long-lost family member it can be hard to know where to start. 

If you want to reconnect with long lost relations, whether it’s an estranged parent or a sister you never knew you had, here are a few tips to help you find whoever you are looking for.

Contact the Red Cross

If you have been separated from a family member due to war, a natural disaster or because of migration, the Red Cross offer an international family tracing service to help you reunite with missing relatives. 

They will require as much information as possible, the more details you have the easier it’ll be. If you have information such as the relative’s last location, description, etc this can help significantly. 

The Red Cross specialises in locating people that were lost during World War II and reuniting people that were separated due to natural disasters. They have a special system that can help get personal messages to refugees who are far from family members. 

Use Social Media

Social media was designed to help people connect and loved ones stay in touch, although it has many other uses if you’re looking for a long-lost relative this could be a good place to start. 

It’s estimated that over 2.95 billion people are using social media worldwide so it’s very likely that the person you are looking for has a social media account.

Platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn can be incredibly useful for tracing people, if you have their name you can conduct searches to try and find their profile.

You can also Facebook make a post about your long-lost family member and ask people to share it. The more likes and shares you get, the better your odds of reaching someone who knows your relative or your relative themselves. 

Online tools

There are a few online tools that are available to help you with queries exactly like this. Sites such as and are there to help people locate long lost relatives quickly.

MyHeritage Research is a free tool which allows you to search over 1,400 genealogy search engines at the same time to make it easy for you to find lost relatives. 

Hire a tracing agency

Trying to trace a person on your own can be difficult. Professional tracing agencies have a vast range of resources that we have access to that are not generally available to everyone meaning they can conduct searches and locate long lost family and friends quickly and efficiently. 

With access to numerous databases, combined with investigative expertise, they offer unparalleled rates of success. Besides sourcing and confirming the address of individuals they can also often provide other contact information such as telephone numbers and email addresses meaning you will soon be able to get in contact with the relative you’ve been longing to reconnect with.