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The Seeker's
Frequently Asked Questions

I have been asked for a password;
I am getting an error message when I place a message.

How do I use your service?
I typed in President Bush's (or my own) name and couldn't find it!
How can I read all the messages in the magazine?
Why isn't this site alphabetized?
Why don't you list the classmates by State?
Can I put my message in more than one section?
Can I submit a photo to be included with my message?
I am not sure of the spelling of my friend's name.
I don't know my birth mother/adopted child's name, date of birth or place of birth.
How many messages can I post, how long can it be?
Can I add my own site, or post a message about my business?
My friend got married, I don't know her new name!
Are there other sites out there to help me in my search?
I found my friend and my message needs to be removed!
I am going off-line now, how can I put my phone number on my message?"
I tried to respond to a message someone put in, but the e-mail address doesn't work/is incomplete, and no phone number was listed. How can I reach them?
Can I edit my message?   I put the wrong date in it.  Also, how do I delete a message when I find someone?
What other ways are there to help me in my search, in case my friend isn't on the internet?


How do I use your service
Its easy! First, go a main section, i.e., "Generally Seeking", select the subheading "Check All Categories", and type in your last name to see if anyone is already looking for you. If it comes back saying "Sorry, no matches found", then select another heading, until you have checked them all.

Then, you could either check for a friend's name, or type in the name of the city you live in to see if any one is looking for someone you know - this database searches anything! It will pull up all references to a city, state, place of employment, etc.!

You could scroll through the site by selecting a main heading, then select a subheading, and leave all the words on the screen as is, and hit "Seek Now".  See Instructions for detailed information.

Then you could go to the Place Your Own Message, and follow the on-screen instructions. Please be sure to put your COMPLETE e-mail address as it is an automatic link back to you.  AOL users: YOU MUST PUT "@aol.com" at the end of your address. Same with Prodigy & Compuserve users.

After that, be sure to visit our Site Seeking section, we have a zillion links to other sites that will help you in your search!


I typed in the President's name and couldn't find it!
That's probably 'cause no one is looking for him (or you)  in The Seeker! Think of The Seeker as a huge bulletin board. Someone would had to have put a message in here for the President (or you) for his (or your) name to show up. Or, if the President put a message in looking for someone else, his name will pop up as a result of a search for his name.

You can even type in a name of a city, and all reference to that city will come up! Help other people out. Type in the names of all the cities you have ever lived in and see if you know someone that someone else is looking for! Do the same thing for your high school, college, place of employment, or military post, etc. Together, we can truly Reunite The World!


How can I read all the messages in The Seeker?
Go to the section you are interested in, i.e., Relatively Seeking, select a subheading, i.e., Seeking Heritage Answers, leave all the options on the screen as they are, and click on Seek Now. It is best to go section by section, but you can select "Check All Categories" if you like.

You will then see all the messages that have been put in The Seeker in chronological order in the section you have chosen. If you have already put a name in one of the boxes, you must put the words back in as they were originally. It is case sensitive.

You can do this section by section, and it is recommended for your first visit. The next time you visit, just type in the date you last visited.


Why isn't this site alphabetized?
Some people have posted multiple names. We noticed one in the Militarily Seeking section that is looking for 175 people! The Seeker is so easy to use as it is, we didn't want to complicate things for you. Even if you don't know the correct spelling of a person's name, just typing in Car for Carson will pull it up!


Why don't you list the classmates by State?
We may in the future, but for now, The Seeker is so easy to use that we didn't want to complicate things for you. Just type in your city, and you will see all the reunions for that city. Now, if someone put in a message for Lincoln High, but didn't put in the city, of course, you won't find it. Type in the name of your school as well, or any acronym it may go by.


Can I put my message in more than one section?
Absolutely! This is especially true for military people. If you are looking for military buddies that you went to school with overseas, it is best to put your message in the Militarily Seeking section, as well as Generally Seeking, Seeking Classmates. There is no need, however, to put your message in the same subsection twice. If you are trying to see if someone is looking for you, go to the Militarily Seeking section (or whichever you choose) and select "Check All Categories", type in your last name. All references to that name will appear. So there is no need to ad it twice in the same section (plus you are taking up space on our server unnecessarily).


Can I submit a photo to be included with my message?
We would love it! Especially in the case of twins separated at birth! Please go to our Photo page for instructions on how to do this.


I am not sure of the spelling of my friend's name.
That's the beauty of The Seeker! Place your message using a good description of how you know your friend, i.e., when you last saw them, where, how old, tatoos, schools, husband's name, a conversation you had, or anything that distinguishes one John Doe from another will help you find your friend. Messages with abusive descriptions will be removed.


I don't know my birth mother/adopted child's name, date of birth or place of birth
Most people don't either! In fact, about 90% of them don't! If you are placing a message for one or the other, in the field that asks for a date of birth, put in the date of birth of the child in common - not the birth parent (most children have no idea when their parents were born, much less a birth parent!)   Put in as much information as you have. Remember, some b-moms do not completely remember everything. We have had quite a few that have suffered from PTSD because of having to give a child up, and have blanked out the exact date.

We must emphasize here that some people don't want to be found. This is the only section in The Seeker where we discourage helping another person find a b-parent or a-child. Everyone has a right to privacy.

We also want to point out that there are some very good sites out there to help you in your search. Please visit our Site Seeking section for a list of them!


How many messages can I post, how long can it be, how long will it remain in The Seeker?
You may put in as many messages as you like! Do not put the same message in the same section, you are just taking up space unnecessarily. You can make it as long as you like (come on, within reason), it will remain in The Seeker until: 1) you tell us to remove it; 2) we are unable to reach you by the methods you gave us; 3) we discover that it is abusive; 4) we discover that the reunion you posted has gone by; 5) your email is no longer valid and we can't reach you; or 6) we are bored looking at it (just kidding).


Can I add my own site, or post a message about my business?
You bet! We are in this together! You can do this in one of three ways. Of course, the one we prefer is for you to put a banner ad on our site (if you charge for your services) in any of the pages you choose. See our Media Kit for details.  Or, you can send us your URL, after we visit it, we will put it up in our Site Seeking section, tell us which section you want it to appear in, or it will be up to our little modems to decide where we will put you. Or, you can go to the Place Your Own Message section, and post it there. No sexual sites, or any of the other sites you know we won't like, please; they will be deleted.


My friend got married, I don't know her new name!
That's what we're here for! If she posted a message for you, just type in YOUR last name, or YOUR maiden name (how ever many there may be). You can try to type in the name you know your friend by to see if she, or someone else, put a message in with her name. If you are posting a message for her, use the name you know, with a description of when and where you last saw her, and any other identifying info. Be sure to visit our Factually Seeking section for more help locating her!


Are there other sites out there to help me in my search?
Many, many sites to help you! We have listed a zillion of them in our Site Seeking section. If you find any more, let us know!


I found my friend and my message needs to be removed
Terrific! Whether you found your friend through us or not, we are happy for you! Simply tell us the message number of your ad and we will remove it for you. You can find that number by going to the section you put the message in, type in the name of the person you are looking for and give us the message number that appears at the bottom of the message. Be sure to tell all your friends about us! Remember, just because you found who you were looking for, someone else could be trying to find you! Check back with us often. You never know when you could be named as a beneficiary of a will or insurance policy that you never knew about!

We may put your story in our Sought & Found section as an inspiration to others in their search!  So be sure and tell us HOW you found who you were looking for, not just THAT you found them.


I am going off-line, (or moving out of the country, or changing e-mail addresses) how will I know if someone is responds to my message?
This has been a problem in The Seeker in the past. When you are out surfing, you forget where you were, and that you have left messages for your friends and relatives, but now they can't find YOU! You can resolve it in a couple of ways. Tell us how you want people to get in touch with you. When you originally put your message in the "Place Your Own Message" section of The Seeker, if you did not put your home address and phone number  in the body of the message, we are the only ones who know who you are! We will add it to your message (be sure to give us the ad number) when you e-mail us. It is very frustrating to people who see your message, but can't get a hold of you!

If you don't want to give out your phone number to the public, tell us, and we will change the e-mail address to read "offline@the-seeker.com" and get in touch with you ourselves. We will mail you notification that your friend has responded to your message.


I tried to respond to a message someone put in, but the e-mail address doesn't work/is incomplete, and no phone number was listed. How can I reach them
Give us the message number and we will have them contact you. If the message says "Method of Contact - Any and All Methods", then we will e-mail you with the name, address, and phone number. Some people do not want their phone numbers listed.


I have been asked for a password, I am getting an error message when I place a message
Then you must be an American On-Line user! We have had numerous complaints from AOL users since they started their "all you can eat" style of promotion. And they are the only people they are coming from! The only thing we can suggest is to download Netscape or Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Of course, you could complain to AOL, but then you will sit on-line forever waiting for them to respond to you!

One more thing, you may have clicked on a link to another site through our Site Seeking section, or through a message someone may have put in our site.  If you don't see these lines on the page you click on, you are no longer in The Seeker.


Can I edit my message? I put the wrong date in. Also, how do I delete a message when I find someone?
No, but we can! Just us email us comments @ the-seeker.com (without the spaces) and we'll do it for you! Be sure and give us the Message No.  Or, retype it and tell us the message no. to delete.  To find your message number click here, and type in the email address you used when you originally placed your message in the last box on that page.  Or go to the section you originally posted your message and use a keyword to find it.


What other ways are there to help me in my search, in case my friend isn't on the internet?
Visit our Site Seeking section for a vast listing of other searchable data bases and places to help you.  Or visit our Factually Seeking section for tips on how to find people.


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