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Gathering people for a reunion
It's reunion time! Planning committees are organized, park shelters rented, and dinners are
prepared. The key a successful reunion is the people who should attend. Where have they all
The task of tracking people you have not seen for 5 or 25 years can be daunting. With the help
of the Internet, it can be surmountable.
With bits and pieces of information such as a name, a phone number, the person's Internet
access provider, an e-mail address, or the state where the person may live, you can find a
classmate's or relative's address.
Start your search with a name search. You can search for street name and phone number, e-mail
addresses, or for a home page.
If you search for a street address, you will most likely be searching a phone directory. If the
individual does not have the phone listed in his or her name, it may not appear. You must
usually have a last name to begin the search.
If you search for an e-mail address, be aware that the address could be outdated.
It is best to try several search engines to be sure to get the latest information. For example, when
I searched on my name in the various databases, I got old e-mail addresses along with current e-mail addresses and an out-dated phone number. In some cases, no street address was found.
Only one database got everything about me right.
Switchboard , Four11 , Yahoo People
Finder , and Bigfoot lists street
and e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Switchboard and Four11 allows people to modify their listings and also searches for businesses.
Yahoo offers "smart name feature" which searches for nicknames of proper names. IE: Bill for
William. With Bigfoot you can even print out a map pinpointing the person's street address.
If you are just looking for an e-mail address, Internet Address Finder and
Infoseek Address Finder may be the tools for you.
You can search by name or by e-mail address. They both allow people to update their listings.
E-Mail finder is a fee-based service for people who have changed
their e-mail address and want others to know their new one. The search for an address is free so
you may want to search here as well.
There are all kinds of reunions such as: family, military, clubs and organizations. Databases exist
for just about every group that plans to meet on a regular basis. Here, I am focusing on school
Refine your search by utilizing a search service which helps you to find high school alumni and
friends from around the world. ClassMates Online and
Schoolmates are two good places to start.
See if your reunion information is already listed, or list your reunion yourself, through sites
dedicated to reunion news. These sites allow reunion committees and planners to announce their
event to a global audience and let you search for information. Reunion Trac
, Reunion Net , Reunion Hall
, and High School Reunion Resource Center
are good sites to try.
Those who went to school in West Virginia can take the easy road. Go to our West Virginia page
and click on education. There you will find links to schools in
West Virginia. If your school is having a reunion and it is on the web, the site should have
information on it. For college reunions, find a link to your college or university on our
Reference page .
Finally, you can use global search engines such as Yahoo and Lycos
to search for your school by name.
Thanks and Footnotes
Thanks to Sam Urso and to our web site visitors for suggesting this topic. In the past few
months, we have received letters from as far away as Japan looking for reunion information
from our local high schools. Hope this helps!
If you missed it. News coverage and photos from President Clinton's visit can be seen on our
site at http://cpubco.com/clinton.htm.
As you voyage down the cyber-path, you are encouraged to send me your ideas for topics you
would like to see discussed and to share your favorite links. Send correspondence to me at:
e-mail: Webmaster@cpubco.com, via post: Web Voyager, Ellen H. Fernandez, PO Box 2000,
Clarksburg, WV 26302, or through our web site. Phone: 626-1466.
EDITOR'S NOTE Ellen Highland Fernandez is the Webmaster for Clarksburg
Publishing Company's site and her column appears on the first and third Sundays every month in
the Sunday Exponent-Telegram
Clarksburg Publishing Company, P.O. Box 2000, Clarksburg, WV 26302 USA Copyright © Clarksburg Publishing Company 1997