Google Missing Person’s Finder - How To
Google Person Finder was introduced to help families and friends find their loved ones after a disaster has
separated them from each other. It has a registry and a message board where you can search or leave information for
others who might be looking for you. Non-government agencies and other agencies can also access this data. This app
is accessible through the
Person Finder API
. This app uses the
Google launched this application after the Haiti earthquake which took place in January 2010.
How it works
The first step is that a crisis will
occur and force people to separate from their loved ones. This can be any natural disaster or humanitarian
disaster. Through Google Person Finder they try and find their loved ones by providing information on themselves or
loved ones here. Information can be either uploaded by individuals or organizations. Then friends and relatives
will go and search for their loved ones here and reunite with them.
Whenever there is a crisis Google
Person Finder is initiated to deal with the situation. Assistance is mostly provided by government and nonprofit
organizations to put together the information to help people find each other. Google does not verify the validity
of the data provided.
How to Search from here
To search from the data available
here you have to fill a form requesting the API key. It will help you upload and download data
from here. You are exempted from requesting for the API key if you are making your own instance of Person
Finder, looking to embed Person Finder on your website or looking to test the app. You will need to provide details
like your name, email address, organization’s name, organization’s website and other details to obtain the
The test option is one that will
save you time if you use it for a search. It allows you to easily access data or upload it.
How to Contribute
To contribute to Person Finder you
may try the following:
Upload data on missing
people for loved ones to find when searching.
Help improve or update
current data on missing people.
Embed Person Finder on your
website to help other people locate their loved ones.
Disasters are such a misfortune and
to have a tool like this helping people find loved ones is a blessing. Suggestions to improve it are welcome on
Google. You can join the public person finder mailing
list to offer your views.
Also see: The Google search people