4 Free Websites For Finding Old Friends To Have a Reunion

Saikat Basu 17-05-2010

Bumping into a dear friend after a long time is one of the best feelings in the world. But the chance encounter is a hand played by destiny. What are your chances of deliberately searching out an old friend from school or college?


In the good old days, I would say that the chances were pretty slim. You could maybe search the telephone directory or take out a classified. Reunion parties were the best bet to meet the school friend who sat next to you in class.

These options remain, but what has come to the rescue are social networking websites that make finding old friends for free very easy. Sites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or even a general people search engine have made searching out old friends easier than a needle in a haystack job. That is, if you manage to find your old friends in these sites.

What other ways are there to search out old school friends and plan a reunion bash? Check out the people search at the end of this one.

With all our preoccupation with social places like Facebook and Twitter, we miss out on alumni sites that can lend a hand. Alumni sites are built around schools, colleges, and geographical areas. With this narrower focus, it’s a place to be if you want to find an old friend or wait for someone to find you.

Try these four out:


finding old friends for free is a global alumni site with 5 million members from 102,000 organizations around the world. The site has been online for 16 years, so there’s a good chance that you could locate someone in its database. Registration is free and is a 3-step process.

In the last step, you get to search out and join an organization (school, college, company etc). The organization search can be made country-specific. You then get to drill down to the right one from all the results that are thrown up. The results are arranged alphabetically. Instead of giving a school or college name, you can search with a specific keyword that’s unique for your institution.

Once you are in, you can search for other members by name (also by maiden name), organization or location. Each organization also has a member directory. The Bulletin Board is another place to send out an SOS if you are searching for someone desperately.


The one thing I disliked about this site is that it forces you to give extra information during the registration process, like job related information, so that a resume can be set up at a sister job site; or the necessity to invite at least two friends. is a global site with a huge list of schools, colleges, and organizations. That increases the chance of finding old friends for free online.

finding old friends for free leans towards United States, Canada, and a few international locations. With 40 million members it is said to be a popular destination for alumni hunting. The site has a free Basic membership that lets you search for old friends in school, college, or the military. After you choose the institution, you are directed to the registration page.


With a free membership, you can post your profile and search out friends. You can read the message board and read the chatter that’s going on. You can check out the Events and Reunions page for anything that’s upcoming. You can say a public hello that gets posted on your friend’s bulletin board. You can also send an email, but the person has to be a paid member to read it.

Though the Gold membership opens up all the tools, the free membership could be enough for picking up a trail on a lost friend.

find old friends is an India based website but it has a global membership. It is India’s largest online alumni site with a membership of 2 million. Though small, the second highest membership figures are from the US. You can post your profile and search for your friends by name or institute or company. You can also go through the names of the members listed batch wise. If you get the right person, send out a personalized mail. Addresses are not given out by the site and access to each other is via’s email or a short note feature (Hi Note).


It’s also easy to setup your own network of friends once you have managed to search out a few.

Friends Reunited

find old friends

At Friends Reunited you start searching for friends with whom you have shared a common school, university, military service, workplace, club, or a street address. The 19 million member strong website is UK centric and covers a few other countries like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong etc. You can search by name or go through member lists.

The site allows you to send messages or use the Chat program to talk to anyone who is online. The site also gives you a Timeline to add your own events, add photos, videos, and comments. It’s a nice way to share memories with your friends. Social interaction gets a fillip with Groups that are about common interests, like the recent elections in the U.K.

Friends Reunited used to charge a small subscription but now finding old friends is free.

The advantage of alumni sites is that you can search school friends who are profiled with their real names instead of hiding behind nicknames as on many social sites. Also, most of these sites have a maiden name field which is helpful when you consider that your female friends would have changed their names after marriage.

Yes, the disadvantage remains that most of these websites are country specific or are populated with records from one. It really helps if your school, college, or institution has an alumni site of its own. Still, these alumni websites remain as web corners which could do with a search.

We know that the search for a long lost friend could turn into an obsession. Try out these people searching clues from our archives too :

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And do let us know of your preferred alumni site.

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  1. Andrew Dexter.
    February 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I'm trying to find my old school friend Angela Thomas. We were at Heolddu Comprehensive school in Bargoed, Wales in the 1980's. We lost touch in 1991 when my dad died. I tried looking for her in 2007 and I was told she had moved to North Wales and that was it.
    Angela is about 50 now, she had long ginger hair back then and had a sister Christine, they lived in a village called Cascade, can anyone please help me? Thank you.

  2. terri
    January 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

    I am trying to help my husband find his old friend, his friend is Woodrow 'WOODY" Wilson. born on May 8th 1948. Lived in Chicago for awhile, around 63rd St.

  3. Graham Pearce
    September 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Iam looking for a friend is name is Simon Nash he lived in farncomber godalming Surrey and went to school at broadwater school and move to Nottingham

  4. Beulah Delange
    March 3, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I'm trying to find my daughter's dad..he is from Portugal name is..Vitor Manual Vilarinho. I don't remember his date of birth. He is about 47\ 48 yrs. We met 16 yrs ago in Rosettenville Jhb

  5. Pamela Benton
    August 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Jamey Campbell from franklin, ohio if you are out there please conact through facebook. I just want to talk to you. I am not interested in anything but friendship

    Pamela wooten benton

  6. David Noble
    July 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Jason hall if you reading this then you have found your dear old friend David noble from Greenwood school

  7. peter
    January 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    how to find acouple of friends

    • Saikat
      January 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Start with social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. Find friends of friends as well, and see if there are connections.

      • Bill
        January 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

        Thank you.

    • David Noble
      July 7, 2016 at 3:59 am

      hello it DJ Lippy i have finally found you after 22 years

  8. Nashua Dentist
    May 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    These are the very good websites for finding old friends.

    • Cutie boy 300
      January 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

      No there not who searches about n old class mate stalkers

      • DJ
        September 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

        You make no sense, "dumb boy 300"! Go learn English, moron!

    • CoventryDarkKnight
      March 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Cutie boy 300 you obviously have no concept on anything. Lets address the first part of your comment "No there not" sorry to burst your moron bubble but yes they are. Lets address the second part of your comment "Who searches about n old class mate" your grammar is poor for one and for 2 people search all the time for old classmates especially if they were friends to catch up with them, find out whats up, find out about reunions, get together the list goes on and on of course you should know this. Now to address your last part of your comment "Stalkers" Stalkers are people who stalk people to either harass them or hurt them etc and reconnecting with old friends, classmates, etc is not stalking but you seem to have no grasp of reality. But in short yes these sites work.

      • David Noble
        July 7, 2016 at 4:02 am

        hello my name is DJ Lippy and i am going to be your next stalker enjoy

      • Teena
        February 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm

        LMAO!! Awesome response! You have made my day, thank you.

  9. Nat Jay
    May 18, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I typically use people search sites like to locate both classmates and others I've known but lost touch with. Most people have active Facebook accounts but sites like the ones in your article complement it.

  10. Nat Jay
    May 18, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I typically use people search sites like to locate both classmates and others I've known but lost touch with. Most people have active Facebook accounts but sites like the ones in your article complement it.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      There is something like a social fatigue also. People move away from sites like MySpace, Facebook etc, then these sites (and probably LinkedIn) can help out.

  11. julioestrad1947
    May 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm