Saturday, 10 March 2018

Tracing Agent Advice On DIY People Tracing

Tracing Agents advice and tips to trace a person 

How To Trace A Person

Tracing a person from scratch can be much trickier than people think. Not everyone’s on Facebook and we don’t all pop up on a google search. So, People Location have done an article on tracing someone for the novice AKA “DO IT YOURSELF PEOPLE TRACING” a simple guide to low level people tracing.

In this short article we will give you some ideas on how you can go about tracing a person who you have lost touch with. We are giving away all the trade secrets. You will need some information to work with so don’t bother reading on if it’s someone you met at a party and never got their name or a person who winked at you on the train last weekend.  You will need an idea of the name they are using today or an idea of the name they had before they were married.

So, you think you may be the next Columbo? “just one thing” there are some pro’s and cons to doing the search yourself. If you want to trace the person and you have plenty of time on your hands and maybe some budget, then you might be able to pull it off!

The main upside to doing your own people tracing is, reduced cost, but there may well be costs that you might want to keep an eye on. so, if costs are your only concern you may want to check with us on how we can possibly save you money on your tracing. And the other main pro of doing your own searches is that great sense of accomplishment once you each the end goal.

The downsides are, as above, costs, they can quickly build up and before you know it you could have spent £100’s and got nowhere. Time. It can take up a lot of time, but if it’s something you enjoy doing it may well be time well spent. You may end up following the wrong lead, and it can be a lot of time and effort lost. You could end up contacting the wrong person completely. This can result in you having to go back to the beginning of your search and start from scratch. Spending time and money tracking down the wrong person can be frustrating, to say the least. You may end up with nothing at the end of your search and end in you simply giving up hope of ever finding them. We have had many people come to us after spending weeks, months and even years doing their own research only to find a brick wall at every turn.

When clients come to us with their own case file and search results we often see, relatively quickly, where they are going wrong. In some instances, it can be down to s simple search error in the beginning of their research that has led them completely off trail. It’s usually down to an assumption of located data being the person they are looking for, a middle name, birth details or marriage details that simply don’t belong to the person they are trying to trace. They have ended up following the wrong person. And with miss matching details that are for two different people they are usually left scratching their head.

And, once or twice, I simply have no idea where they get the data from! It leaves us all confused!

If your search is what we would call, a low-level search, you may well be able to solve it. You will need to have some good and reliable details to work with. You will need their name and if they are now married and you don’t know what their name is now you will have to solve that one before you can go on to locate the current address. And you will need time to set aside to do your research.

 You must be prepared for the hurdles that you may come across during your search. If you are working with a lack of full name criteria with correct spellings, you will have to overcome this to enable you to be sure you are on the right track. You may end up having to order certificates to clarify the name and its spelling. If your trawling marriage certificates you may need order one or two before you can be sure it’s the right one. You may also need to go online and use credit paid searches to uncover the name spellings or married names. Be careful these costs can add up quickly.

If you don’t know their exact birthdate or age it may also hinder your research. Again, ordering the birth certificates can be timely and if you have multiple possible births it can also be costly. Online electoral roll searches may be a way round this but again, they are credit paid searches and many will only have age brackets or no age details at all, so keep an eye on what your spending!

The People Location Tracing Agents have powerful data access that you don’t. So, you will also have a major lack of resources at your fingertips. You may have full name, birthdate and more but clarifying that data against a possible match may end up in having to contact them before you can be sure it’s the right person and not someone else who is around the same age in the same area. And you may not get a rely at all leaving you in the lurch, is it them and they are ignoring me? Is it someone else and they cant be bothered to let them know. And more importantly, who have I just given my details to?

Its not just a lack of tools you are facing but a lack of experience. As with all things in life a lack of experience can leave you slightly bewildered in a sea of conflicting data or needle in a haystack scenario. Our team have decades of experience under their belts when it comes to people tracing. But, put one of us in front of a car engine, or plumbing in a new sink and we are lost! Sometimes you need the right expert for the right job.

Okay, we have said our piece, told you pro’s and cons, possibly scarred you a bit! And done the, right man for the right job speech, lets get to what you came here for, Tracing a person on your own.

Here’s our short-hand advice on how you an undertake a “do it yourself person trace

Get all your details together.
You will be best writing everything you know down on a piece of paper or typing it up on your computer. Make sure you add everything you know about that person. This is your case data and you may end up going back to it over and over again. This will be your worksheet as well so as you progress you can add details to it and cross off things you don’t want to do twice.
Name, any nicknames, married names and birth name
Get an idea of their age down or if you know it their full birthdate
Addresses they have lived at or been connected to
If they are married make a note of it. If you know who they marred and where they married
List down anyone else they may live with. Any children if they are over 18 they may well be on data sets
List down any jobs or type of work they do
List any old phone numbers email addresses or mobiles
Note down any other linked family or friends they may be in touch with now
Add anything else to your notes that you may think will be helpful. Things like hobbies, places they have connections to or anything you may feel is relevant.

Time to get searching!

Go online and search under the name and area’s you know. See if any of the results mentions anything else that you know about the person.
So you may get something like “JOHN DOE RACE CAR FANATIC RAISES 2K FOR CHARITY” is this you person did they have a race car hobby? Does the page mention any circuits they may have used? Is it close to the area you last knew them to be in. Contacting the racing circuit may be useful they may be able to pass on a message.
You may also get something like “JOHN DOE MOBILE MECHANIC SERVING BRISTOL AND SURROUNDING AREA” Does this sound like him? Is there a contact number or website? Does the website have an address or contact from?
The general idea is to match the known name to any part of the other data you have on your case file.
You may also want to specify the details by going to the search settings and clicking on “advanced search” this can really specify what you are looking for and filter out unwanted results.
You may also want to variate your name data so remember to use nicknames and abbreviated names, like John and Johnathon, or Pete and Peter.

Social Media
So many people are on social media, so you will want to check here. Facebook has over 1 billion users and 99% of the UK will know someone else who does use Facebook.
Again check under nick names or abbreviated names
Trawling through the profile avatars can help you spot them by their face. If they don’t show on there or there simply too many matches you may want to try and look for a wife, brother, sister or mum and dad, anyone else who they may know. You may be able to find the person your looking for on a friends list or they may be able to pass on a message for you.

 Electoral register
Looking on the voter’s roll can be done on the internet or at your local reference library or council. Don’t forget to cross the check the data. Check the other occupants at the same address and see if any of them appear to be a spouse or grown up child. Remember the electoral roll is split into two versions, edited and full and many of us are no longer on the edited version, we are all sick of marketing, so if they don’t appear on the electoral roll it may simply mean they have opted out of the edited copy.

GRO searches and certificates
Its more in-depth and may be best left to the moderate tracer. If you need to check for marriage, then searching the indexes may be enough. If you are looking at multiple possible matches, then you may need to get the certificates to ensure you are on the right trail. Getting the certificates can take time and it can, in some cases get quite expensive. You may also want to check over the death indexes. I know it’s a morbid thought but its an area you can not always ignore. Be prepared for all scenarios!

Wills and probate searches
This will help in seeing if there is a likely death. Wills are more up to date than the indexes, so a more recent death may show on here. Again, you may well need to get a copy of the will to ensure it’s the right person and if there are multiple name matches you could end up spending quite a lot. Its also worth looking for anyone else who may have dies who may have added them to a will. So if there parents have passed away they may have mentioned them in a will which may have an up to date address.

Companies House Searches
If you know or think the person was or is a director, they will be on the register of appointees. The register does give you some information such as a year and month of birth as well as a contact address. The address on file could be an accountant or a serviced office or registered office. Many of these places will pass on letters if they have the ability to do so.

Look or people they know
If you are not having any luck tracking them down, you may want to think about redoing the search for someone else they may know. Looking for a sibling or parents can give you care of contact or help you get a message to them.

We hope you have found this article helpful and if you think anyone else may benefit from it why not pass it on or share it with others.
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We wish you the very best with your search and remember, if you have tried all this and still can’t get in touch then contact one of our experts here. We will be happy to get you back in touch in no time at all!

Tel: 020 8390 1703

The People Location Tracing Agents

Trace A Person With People Location

After over 20 years in the tracing agent industry we have changed quite a bit in the last 20. In the beginning, the late 1990’s, we were one of many low-end tracing agents undertaking work for legal firms, credit companies and Private eyes.

The main reasons we were instructed was to locate debtors who had unpaid bills or skipped off without paying fines, loans or rent.

As I said, In the 1990’s the company was nothing special. We offered fast people tracing in volume. Traces came think and fast and they were completed in the same way.  It was little more than data processing at the time, checking phone books, electoral roll details and credit data. We needed high volume and turnaround times. There was no time to deal with clients, do additional checks or in-depth reports. It was simple “Get em in, Get em out”!

After 10 years doing tracing in the usual volume was we decided to make some changes to how we operated. In 2008 we did something new. We launched a new version of the company and decided to do much more than all the other tracing agents out there were doing.

We set out to offer much more than a fast in out service with low end reporting. We wanted to give everything from maps data, occupancy data, telephone searches and genealogy where applicable. This was a breath of fresh air!

We were soon offering the new people tracing service directly to the general public at cost effective rates. It wasn’t only cost effective, it also cut out the middle-man.  So, we are dealing with the end client directly we had the chance to get real knowledge of what our clients wanted and why. We now take time out to run these additional searches and check the accuracy of our people traces and supply in-depth reporting on every case.

No one else was doing this at the time, well not at the level we were. We simply focused our whole company on people tracing.

Another 10+ years has gone by and we are still going strong! We continue to trade under our new brand, People Location and we still offer this high-end level of people finding services to our customers.

Trace A Person With People Location
We still see the lower end people tracing agents and companies doing what we put aside 10 years ago, getting the traces in and out as soon as possible! We know this will always have an effect on accuracy and client satisfaction.

We now only offer High end, in-depth tracing services supplying our client with what they actually need and more.

If you want to know about what we do and how we do it visit us online at Or call us on 0208 390 1703.

Monday, 12 February 2018

People Tracing Experts
Finding the right Tracing Agent

If you are looking for a tracing agent you need reliability, honesty, and professionalism. At People Location you will find a well-established honest and upfront tr...
 moreFinding the right Tracing Agent

If you are looking for a tracing agent you need reliability, honesty, and professionalism. At People Location you will find a well-established honest and upfront tracing team who are extremely enthusiastic when it comes to the accuracy of our findings.

We are not to be confused with a low end, database led tracing company who simply run data through a database and supply minimal reports with unverified address data. (I call this giving the client whatever the computer spits out!) its simply not good enough!

Our searches are far more than a phone book search or voters check. We have access to the UK’s most experienced tracing agents who, in turn have access to the UK’s premiere people finding software. Be it a tracing a debtor who has gone astray, tracing long-lost family member or old friends from the past our experienced team are happy to take instruction liaise with the client and offer real world expectations of success rates as well as avenues of enquiry which are best suited to the case.

Our experienced agents have also played key roles on several TV documentaries.

At People Location we like to think we go the extra mile, we listen to our client’s needs, there is often a story behind the case which can have impact on how we proceed.

Exploring the client’s situation means that the people we find are much more than a name on a piece of paper. It can mean happiness or closure on life’s ups and downs.

Call us on 0208 390 1703

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Another fantastic trace

26th January 2017

100 year old freeholder trace

We had a case in last week for a freeholder of a property. Read how our people tracing experts found the right person through genealogy trawls and historical data sweeps. (we have changed the names and addresses to ensure our clients privacy)

 We were supplied details of Ivy Smith of 33 Cheshire Street Chelmsford.

We started with Ivy. Historical data sweeps with the British library and other historical resources located numerous newspaper articles about her role as an RSPCA worker. We also found some court details regarding a minor infraction she was involved with from this data we soon found that she was aged 39 at that time.  However, this article was published in 1930 meaning that she would have been born in or near 1891.

We then reverted to the birth index and quickly found matching results.

Great! We now had a full birth name and a full date of birth. But did she marry? Did she have children?

As you can imagine with a name like smith the marriage searches were long and tiresome. We sieved through countless possible marriages only to discount them each time. We did consider that it was reasonable that she did not marry.

We then reverted back to the genealogy sweeps and obtained her birth certificate and constructed a small family tree.

She had one sister, Helen, born in 1895 and one brother, Thomas, born in 1896. Her father Colin appeared to marry her mother Eve, in 1890.

We then located a death for her father and obtained a copy of his will. He died in 1950 meaning that Ivy was around 59 years old and this document had confirmed she was not married.

Death searches did locate several name matches but none of these matches appeared to be our subject.

We then reverted to the rest of the family and again searches for death records.

It seems that her brother, Thomas, married Lilly in 1918 and had a child. Adam Smith in 1922. Again we confirmed the death of Adam smith in 1999. Again, we located his will.

The will indicated that Adam had a daughter who was married and was now known as Sarah Hughes. The address on the will was out of date but we quickly traced a current address in Addlestone Surrey.

We wrote to Mrs. Hughes and asked her if she had any knowledge of IVY.


She knew that Ivy was in a long-term relationship with Simon Walters. Simon was married before. They never married but Ivy took on the name.

Low and behold we found the death of Ivy Walters in 1966.

We located her will which named, a new beneficiary


Our client was fascinated with the lengths our researches went to obtain the confirmation of Ivy’s death and locate the new beneficiary.

If you need a compliant and reliable people tracing specialists look no further than people location. We have 19 years’ experience in the fine art of in-depth tracing

TEL: 0208 390 1703



Some of the name and place detail shave been changed to ensure our clients privacy. We offer the above as an accurate sequence of events that led to our end conclusion

Sunday, 20 November 2016


Tracing a person can often be a strait forward process, they may pop right up on a google search or voters roll check, it can also end up being a time consuming frustrating task that leaves you unsure or going off in the wrong direction. I have put together some advice from our people tracing experts on how to trace people.

1 Internet

It’s a first port of call for most people, google the name and see what pops up you may wish to add areas where you know they have lived or lines of business as well. This can often locate social media and networking accounts. These can be quick essay and effective ways to reach out to your missing person

2, Electoral registers

This is a great data source but, contrary to most people’s perceptions, it’s not as useful as it once was. The electoral register is compiled every year. So, the information can easily be a year out of date, it’s also rolled over, so if your registered to vote at an address in let’s say 2012 the register may incorrectly roll over data the following year even if you left the address. During elections is when the register is at its most accurate and, as we know, is at best every 4 years. Also, due to the common nature of marketing all of us are sick and tired of the junk mail we get and a hefty amount of the UK now opt out of the published version of the register meaning, although they are eligible to vote and are recorded on the complete version, the version that we all see, the edited version, will not show their details. All that said it’s still one of the largest available resources for name and address data in the UK and it may well be the right source to check for our missing person’s details. Availability of the register should be free at the local borough or reference library, there are also a plethora of online, credit paid resources, that offer searches from £5 upwards.

3, Appointments registers

This is a great and free resource to locate people. If the person you are trying to trace has an incorporated business this is where their information will be held. If you know the name of the business, even better, you can then obtain copies of corporate filings that will show contact details for them. They may even have a current home address. Often the home address is a registered office which can be an accountant or business address. Most of the time registered offices will pass on letters or messages to your missing person so they can then contact you.

4, Phone books or white pages

This is another great resource which is often overlooked. Many people hold current and historical listings in phone books. BT has a great on-line phone directory which can be easily searches. Or try looking for the white pages, it’s the same thing but may have variated or different details. Its worth checking both. Many people often move within the same area and take the phone number with them so it’s always worth calling the numbers in the directory, even if you know they have left that address. Again, there are issues here, the details are very limited and if your person has a reasonably common name chances are you will end up with a bunch of possible which leaves you unsure which, if any, are your specific missing person.

5, Paid for credit searches.

Paid for credit based searches can be the way forwards. Usually we don’t recommend this line of searching as the information gained is usually useless, out of date, or questionable.

6, Hire an expert

This is always the best option. As with anything, if you have an expert, you have the best odds of success although it’s not without risks. 2016 has brought a plethora of budget search agents offering to undertake traces for the public and, as the saying goes, pay peanuts you will get monkeys! Our experience has shown time and time again these budget skip tracing agents simply run the data through and supply the address. Usually no more than 5-15 minutes spent on each case and, the data is not verified. Despite initial promises, getting your money back is often more hassle then it’s worth. THESE ARE NOT REAL EXPERTS! But parade online as if they were. The searches and time spent on these cases are minimal and the results supplied often reflect the amount of time spent on the case. These guys work on commission and no results mean they don’t get paid and when they do it’s a fraction of what the initial outlay was. Be wary of these budget search agents and think if the price is too good to be true, then you probably better off going it alone.

People Location has been trading since 1998 and our team have decades of experience tracing family, finding debtors, tracing old girlfriends and boyfriends, Tracing people is not as simple as a few keystrokes on a keyboard.

If you need assistance in tracing a person then contact one of our friendly team of experts who can give you advice on what is and isn’t actually possible.

Visit us online

Tel: 0208 390 1703

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Trace a freeholder, property owner, or someone named on a title deed

People Location Tracing Agents
Tracing freeholders or someone who has previous connections to a property of interest can sometimes be a tricky task. Most of the searches supplied to us have little details other than a copy of a title which usually just has a name on form anything up to 50 years ago.
There are different tactics used to undertake this search but all start with the same initial goal, KNOW YOUR CRITERIA.

We need something about the person we are tracing that distinguishes them from everyone else, we have the name but what we really need to know is a birth-date or something else that will say this is the person who owned that property and not simply someone who shares the same name.

This is often not a straight forward task and often needs enhanced searches to accomplish. I have listed some of the methods that may reach that end goal

Historical occupancy

Looking at the address we can often see previous occupants who have lived there. These are often supplemented with birth-dates or co occupants. Either these can be a key to locating a current address.

Address links

Our enhanced data-sets searches can often establish address links from one property to another. They don’t even need to have lived at this address but would have left some sort of footprint.

Name match searches

If the name is not common or we have two people names at the address, we can then move forwards with a name match search. This not a sure thing! We would need to undergo a process of elimination which may involve speaking to the person or connected occupants to confirm a connection to our main address of interest.

This type of people tracing is often passed to our tracing agent experts. You can fill in our online form at or call us direct on 0208 390 1703