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  Americans move from place to place more than any other nation of people. Twenty-five percent of us (not the same 25%, of course) move every year! We move to take advantage of new employment or a business opportunity, to change our lifestyle, to continue our education, or to be closer to our families and friends.

Locating people without the benefit of training in the techniques of skip tracing, might seem on first examination, a difficult, if not impossible, chore. Where does one begin to look for someone? What methods and techniques should one employ?

 Those of us who relocate for these reasons generally have nothing to hide and should be fairly easy to find. Conversely, people who move to avoid debt, legal action, criminal charges, and child support responsibilities, are more difficult to locate. Runaway spouses and children comprise a portion of the latter group.

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Basically, there are three ways you can find someone.

You can employ the old gumshoe methods, looking for clues by talking to people and utilizing other local sources. You might get lucky right away and find someone who actually knows where your subject is living. The experts explain the techniques they use in "Missing Persons."

You can request copies of public records that might contain a current address of the person you are looking for. You may discover identifying information, like a middle initial, to help narrow your search.

You can use information you uncover to run a database search that will accesses millions of records. This will cost you a few bucks but it is a very fast and convenient way to get the most current information.

Professional investigators use a combination of interviewing people, checking public records, and running database searches. Sometimes you may need to do one thing to get the identifying information you will need - DOB, Middle initial, SSN - to do something else.

You have one advantage when you set out to locate a person: most of us, being creatures of habit, continue to work at the same kinds of jobs and continue to gravitate to familiar surroundings. We stay in contact with family, friends, and lovers. We drive, buy and sell property, get married, have children, file for divorce. And when we move, we tell people where we're moving to. Those of us with nothing to hide leave behind a fairly easy-to-follow paper trail.

On the other hand, there will always be irresponsible individuals among us who commit crimes, skip on debts, and run away from domestic difficulties, causing poverty, abuse, and neglect. These people often make a conscious effort to avoid leaving behind a trace of their movements.

The more skilled one becomes at hiding out, the more he or she will employ techniques that make it difficult for Locate Specialists, known in the trade as "Skip Tracers," to find them. The address that may be occasionally given will invariably be someone else's address. The telephone number provided will predictably be listed in someone else's name. The "skip" probably does not carry a driver license, voter's registration card, Social Security card, credit cards, or any of the identification that everyday, law-abiding citizens tote around in wallet or purse.

In this section, you will learn proven people finder skip-tracing techniques the pros have developed and made a part of standard operating procedure over the years. You will find out about some of the newest advances in the locate business brought about by the advent of computer databases and the Internet. Detailed information for those conducting adoption searches and military-connected searches is provided, along with checklists and sample interview questions to help speed up your investigation.

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Please refer to Public Records for listings, addresses, and telephone numbers of local, county, state, and national public and private records depositories.

Three main sources yield the most information about an individual:

(1) People who are or have been in contact with your subject. Your advantage: most people are willing to answer questions posed in a straightforward and friendly manner.

(2) Printed or written material, which includes directories, newspaper reports, magazine articles, medical records, financial records, utility records, employment and tenant applications, and all government records. These are the records that will help you establish a "paper trail."

(3) Information Providers - database companies - who have access to both written and computer-stored records and other data.

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Make use of all three sources, but to an increasing degree, they rely on Information Providers for name, phone, DMV and credit searches. These database searches may turn up hundreds, and even thousands of names, especially if the person you seek has a common one. It is always best to assemble and track down as much background and identifying information about your subject as you can before initiating any database search. Sometimes the simplest investigative techniques, like calling directory assistance or talking to your subject's co-workers, will net the quickest results.

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