Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM
This has been my obsession the past few years and I discovered an additional method to finding classmates especially those who have moved out of town. Finally my 44 Year Real Estate Career has paid off! I will try to keep this brief but if anyone misunderstands please don't hesitate to contact me!
I found two sources that help me. The library here offers "Life Records" of Births, Deaths and Marriages going back to 1960. I also found Zabasearch (also sometimes has addresses) the best for getting a general idea on location. Example; Robert Cullen 100+ then filter the search to age (60-69) 22 show. Middle names or initials help.
Now loaded with Name & Spouses name suppose you find someone in Florida say in Naples. GOOGLE this question: "What County is Naples Fl in?" which is Collier County. Now Google "Collier County Clerks Office" Many of these are .gov, .org and almost never .com sites. Most County websites have a search bar that allows you to search the site. Search for Deeds, Public Records, Mortgages, etc. You may have to register but you never have to pay for "Viewing" this data. Almost ALL of them have some sort of public search of records. When you find this, put in the last name of the classmate (or Address if you have) and you get all public records of that person. If too many come up add their first name. If that still produces too many search under the spouses name only. Go to the most recent (by Date) record and you can see if they just bought, sold or mortgaged their house. Most of these records (except a few) will give the address of the property. A caveat will be someone who "sold" the property in say 1999 and no further records. This means they moved outside of that county. DON"T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR OWN COUNTY!!
I know this is a little confusing but these are all Public records and available for anyone to view. You then can compare the record to see that "Both" classmate and Spouse are listed. Now you can be 90% certain it's the right person.
BEWARE: sometimes your search will get you kicked off the County site and some of the "Pay Sites" pop up like "PublicRecords.com". Don't use these as they are a waste of time and don't get you anything. Go back to the County web site of that city.
I hope this helps anyone looking for classmates. If you need more info please respond to this email so evrybody can benefit from the information. Good Luck.