Missing people and family history

What to do if a loved one has gone missing recently and you think they are at risk

Your first point of contact should be the local police in the area where you think the person went missing. Click here to find out how to contact a local UK police force. If they were last known to be in the United Search, a quick internet search will provide you with the contact details for their local police department.

If you are concerned that your loved one has been affected by a large-scale disaster in the U.S. or overseas and they use social media, check if they have posted an update or used the platform’s check-in facility. You can also visit the American Red Cross website or the UK Red Cross website to check if they have left a ‘Safe and Well’ message. That website also offers tips to help you find your loved one.

The U.S. Embassy in London or the Consulates in Edinburgh or Belfast can assist in locating a U.S. citizen in the UK in cases of child abduction by a parent, missing people at risk, or when a friend or loved one has not arrived at a location in the UK at a scheduled date and time. Click here to contact us.

How to search for long-lost family and friends or research family history

Important: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates cannot help to reunite you with long-lost family or friends, or assist with historical or genealogical research. It is not possible to trace a person’s whereabouts through immigration records. Personal information is protected by U.S. and UK privacy laws.

You can visit the websites listed in the drop-down sections below to search each organization’s online content, and to find contact information if you have further questions.


How to search for long-lost family and friends or research family history

Important: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates cannot help to reunite you with long-lost family or friends, or assist with historical or genealogical research. It is not possible to trace a person’s whereabouts through immigration records. Personal information is protected by U.S. and UK privacy laws.

You can visit the websites listed in the drop-down sections below to search each organization’s online content, and to find contact information if you have further questions.

The inclusion of a specific company or organization does not constitute a recommendation, and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability, reputation, or quality of services provided by the companies or organizations whose names appear on such lists.