Locate Family & Friends

If you are looking for someone with whom you have lost contact (or wish to establish contact), HIAS can conduct a search in the U.S. and/or abroad. We need some basic information about the person you are seeking, such as first and last name, birthdate and birthplace, country of immigration, and when contact last occurred.

Please note the following:

  • Although HIAS has been in existence since 1881, we only have access to HIAS documents from 1909 through today.
  • If you need information about someone who arrived in the United States with the help of HIAS prior to 1909, we will not have related documents.
  • We cannot guarantee that all of our searches will be successful.
  • Searches may take several months to more than a year.

To Request Our Location Services:

1. Complete either the ENGLISH Location Service Request Form or the RUSSIAN Location Service Request Form as completely as possible. Please do not send original photographs and documents!

2. Mail the Location Service Request Form along with a check or money order payable to HIAS for the appropriate Search Service Fees. Be sure your last name appears on the check or money order. Mail to:

HIAS Location Service
333 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004

3. Once we have located the person sought, we request permission to release his/her address to the inquirer. If the person sought is interested in being contacted, we convey this information to the inquirer. Likewise, we do not reveal the whereabouts of the person sought if s/he does not wish to be contacted.

Tracking Your Case

If you need further information on your case after applying for our services, please contact Sherly Postnikov (212-613-1352). Our hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday. You also can write to us at the above address.