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Tracing People

At Tameside Libraries Information Service, we may be able to help you if you are trying to trace someone. This page is a guide to the information available.

Please note that if you are trying to trace your family tree, you should contact Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Electoral Register

Tameside Libraries Information Services hold a copy of the Tameside electoral roll, but this may not be used for the purpose of tracing people. The electoral roll is available to Tameside residents to check that their own entry in the register is correct and use of the register is strictly monitored by staff.

Data Protection

Data Protection legislation prevents Council departments from divulging any personal information which they may hold about Tameside residents, with the sole exception of the electoral register . The electoral register may only be published in the street-by-street format to fulfil its legal purpose.

Telephone Directories

Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be able to find the person you are looking for in the telephone directories; a number of people, who have opted to be ex-directory, are not listed.

It is also worth noting that there is no telephone directory or index available for mobile phones.

Business Directories

Another possible avenue, if you are having difficulty tracing an individual, is to consider whether or not they may have business connections. If the person in question is the director, major shareholder or company secretary of a UK or Irish firm, it may be possible for us to find some information about them using our FAME business database.

For further information about the kind of business resources we hold, visit our Business Information page.

Other sources of information

If you are having trouble tracing an individual, there are a few other sources you could try to track them down:

Membership of associations - It is worth considering whether any clubs, professional bodies, school/college associations, voluntary groups, businesses, present/previous employers, or trade unions to which the person may belong might have an up-to-date address. Such organisations, while unwilling to divulge personal details, may be prepared to forward correspondence, or notify the person that you were seeking their whereabouts, without compromising the person's privacy.

Present resident at last-known address - He or she may have a forwarding address, or may be able to direct you to the estate agent or solicitor who acted for the person sought.

Unusual surnames/alternative spellings - Other occurrences in the telephone directory of an unusual surname may well be family or relations of the person sought. Also, ensure that you have double checked all possible alternative spellings of the surname you are looking for.

Alternative methods

Private Investigation Agencies - These often advertise in the Yellow Pages. Tameside Libraries Information Service holds Yellow Pages for the whole of the UK.

The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service - This service is solely for use by families of the person sought. Application forms are available from Salvation Army centres, from the headquarters of the Salvation Army's Family Tracing Department, or by visiting the Salvation Army Family Tracing Service Link to External Website. Tel: 0845 634 4747.

Local newspapers - Advertisements in personal columns sometimes produce results, often from people acquainted with the person sought. Some local radio stations broadcast regular programmes which aim to reunite friends who have lost touch.

Contact Information
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Tameside Libraries Information Service
Ashton Library
Tameside One
OL6 6 BH
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 2031