Finding a person’s address can feel painful. It can be time-consuming. It can be frustrating.
You really want to send that thank you note, but finding the recipient’s address seems daunting. There are several strategies you can take to get them as quickly as possible.
#1 Ask for the address
Ask the person for their address. If you see them in person, this is the fastest way as everyone knows their own address! And they may be thrilled to know that a thank you note is on the way. If you do not see them in person ask them for their address in an email, text message, Facebook message, or however you usually communicate them.
If you do not want to ask, do not have the opportunity to ask, or want the thank you note to be a surprise try these methods:
#2 Check your invitation address list for weddings, graduations, baby showers, or another event where invitations were mailed. Most people that came to your event, were invited and you already have their address. Also, if you had people sign a guest list book at your wedding reception, the guest book may have included a column for an address. Even if it didn’t, some people may have written in their address anyway.
#3 Ask your Mom, other relative or a friend if they have the address.
#4 Check your address book. Perhaps you already have it! When I moved out, my mom gave me an address book filled with addresses of relatives and friends.
#5 Check the phone book. This works if the person still has a landline phone and lives in the same area as you.
#6 You can try looking online but only use the address if you are 100% sure it’s for the person you are looking for. You do not need to go to the extent of paying for an address finder service.
#7 Look in your church directory. This is a great resource if your church had a wedding or baby shower where invitations were not mailed to attendees.
#8 If they have a blog, subscribe to their newsletter as their address may be in it.
#9 Sign up for the free online address book at Postable.com. Then provide people with a link (using Facebook, email, etc.) to your address book and then can enter their own address.
#10 Give them your address and ask them to send you a self-addressed stamped envelope (I am kidding here – do not do this).
Once you determine their address, be sure to use a return address label when you mail the thank you note. This way that the recipient will have the opportunity to record your address into their address book.
If you tried everything to find an address to no avail…
Sometimes, after your due diligence, you may not be able to obtain an address. Or a person doesn’t want to give out their address. In these situations, you can hand deliver the thank you or send them a thank you email.
Usually a handwritten thank you note is recommended, but an email thank you or Facebook message, is better than no thank you note at all!
What methods have you used to track down an address?