FINDING OLD SCHOOL FRIENDS
Tracking down old friends & workmates has become much
easier with the launch of several sites whose purpose is to enable users
to locate their old school, college, place of work, club etc and record
their details against the time they attended. Browsing through the names
to find someone in particular is very simple.
Below are some of the sites that I have found and like
to use. No doubt there will be others, and some of these may fall
away if others become more dominant. I've added a brief comment to
each one but each of them may be worth checking from time to time as many
people are not even aware of these sites and may themselves only have been
referred to one of them. Some of the sites allow you to request email
notification when someone new from your selected time period registers.
At present, none of the sites provide links to other competing
sites so it is down to their advertising and word of mouth of their users.
If you enjoy searching these sites please pass them on
to your friends.
Have fun and be warned, they can be addictive and time-consuming.
But also very rewarding if you track down a long lost friend, just be prepared
to lose a few hours and don't forget to dig out your relevant photo's if
you have a scanner.
Old Friends - http://www.oldfriends.co.nz/
this is my favourite for ease of use and information. Free to search
but you need to register first. Good support for Photographs and
gives the ability to add names of those in the photo. Also allows
you to upload an individual photo associated with each organisation that
you are registered with. Easy to use.
Find A Kiwi
Reunited - http://www.friendsreunited.co.nz/ -
these two are run by the same organsation and they share data - they are
free to register but you have to pay a $7.50 one-off upgrade for the ability
to contact others.
- http://schoolreunions.co.nz/ - this was the first
site I ever used and got me started on this whole old friends thing
- http://www.reunion.co.nz/ - I've found another long-lost
primary school chum here so for me definitely worthwhile. I have
been unable to register on this site and have emailed them about it.
Like the other site, it seems you cannot contact others unless first registered
so the registration glitch is a bit frustrating. ** UPDATE ** This site has now merged with Old Friends - The site info says your Reunion Login will work at Old Friends.
NZ Past Pupils
- http://www.nzpastpupils.com/ - has the least number
of listings (for me anyway) but worth keeping an eye on.
- http://www.schoolfriends.com.au/ - Added 4 Sept 2002 - Australian hosted site but appears to have all NZ Schools listed with some entries not yet registered on other NZ sites. Easy to use, BUT... at $19.95 to upgrade membership to contact others!! - the most expensive one yet. Think I'll wait until the person I want to contact (the possible sister of an old friend) is registered on one of the free sites.
If you find any other similar sites, please let me know so I can
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