The world of finding people continues to change. Just when you think things are stable, the ground underneath you shifts. The routine is gone. You need to start over again.
One ingredient under constant change is the world of public records databases. They never sit still. They are businesses, and businesses fail, g0 bankrupt or get bought out. They are moving targets.
Over the last 15 years, I mastered and then lost access to numerous databases. Most of the time they get bought out by their competition.
I learned an important lesson. You can’t hitch your wagon to one or even a few databases. You have to know how to jump into any database. It’s the only way to stay ahead of the game. Plus, you need to be ready for it at any time. When takeovers occur, they do so fast.
A guy in St. Paul recently broke into a family home and helped himself to some of their possessions. Before he left the scene of the crime, he felt compelled to check his Facebook page. He did so and then hit the road. His plan went awry when he forgot to log off of Facebook.
The cops picked up the guy walking down the street. He was wearing a watch he stole from the house. He said he planned on returning the stolen items.
Sometimes finding people is really easy.
Recently I checked out a show about the hunt for Nazi war criminals. They profile one gentleman who lost his entire family in a concentration camp. He somehow survived. Ever since the war, he dedicated his life to finding and bringing all war criminals to justice. Distance or time are not barriers for him. He is diligent. He is driven by the memories of all the people who died in the camps.It drives his incredible success.
What wrong are you trying to right in your research? An emotional investment in the mission will give you the extra boost needed when the going gets tough. When i worked for the University of Colorado, I saw firsthand the negative impact of the spread of infectious diseases, and also the devastation of addiction.
So remember why you’re doing it in the first place. It will only add to your success.