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Where to look?

This is like looking for a needle in a heystack, but I figured I'd ask anyway.
Does anyone know a newspaper or a facebook Group (or anything similar) where I can Place an ad to look for someone in particular in Switzerland?
Don't know much detail about the people I'm trying to find, so regular searches on full names on facebook and white pages won't do.
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Re: Where to look?

Migros Magazin has a section called "Bitte melde Dich" where you might be able to place such an ad:

https://www.migrosmagazin.ch/bonus/bitte-melde-dich
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Migros Magazin has a section called "Bitte melde Dich" where you might be able to place such an ad:

https://www.migrosmagazin.ch/bonus/bitte-melde-dich
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I will check it out.


If anyone else has other suggestions, please let me know
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Re: Where to look?

Without disclosing sensitive information, it would be helpful if you could provide some additional information about these people you're looking for. For example, are they your relatives? Descendents of your ancestors? Someone you met on an airplane? How long ago did someone have last contact with them? Where did they live then? Were they Swiss citizens?
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Without disclosing sensitive information, it would be helpful if you could provide some additional information about these people you're looking for. For example, are they your relatives? Descendents of your ancestors? Someone you met on an airplane? How long ago did someone have last contact with them? Where did they live then? Were they Swiss citizens?


They are five guys that we met on a weekend break in Stockholm, Sweden on the 25th. They were also there for a weekend break and they were staying from the 25-28. They all reside in Switzerland (Swiss Citizen) and are living somewhere in the german speaking part of Switzerland. Their ages were between 29-31 and we got to know and spent the evening With 3 of them, which we know the first names of. Not a lot to go by, I'm afraid. They took some Pictures (all decent ones in case someone gets the wrong idea), and we forgot to ask for them before we parted ways, and since there was drink taken it slipped Our minds to ask for contact information.
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Re: Where to look?

There have been occasional posts on EF where someone is looking for a missing relative or ancestor, etc. This kind of search is generally done by searching records such as telephone and address books, the commerical register and, if closely related, contacting the Heimatort where a Swiss citizen's family is registered, etc.

However, since the family names of your new friends are not known and it is only generally known that they are from the Deutschschweiz, a "passive" search is probably the only route, meaning posting notices that you hope they will see.

Some ideas:
1. As already mentioned, Migros Magazin hosts a "Bitte melde Dich", which offers this service.
2. Place a notice in a commuter newspaper. These newspapers are free and available at train stations. However, they have regional editions and, since it is not apparently known which area of the Deutschschweiz they come from, it might be necessary to advertise in several editions:
a. Blick am Abend
b. 20 Minuten
Possibly their advertisement rates are posted on their web sites.
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Re: Where to look?

Facebook? 6 degrees and all that... Bet you it wont take you more than 24 hours to find them.
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Facebook? 6 degrees and all that... Bet you it wont take you more than 24 hours to find them.

If I knew their last names that would have been easy, but as I don't know their last names, and their first names seem to be the most common names of all in Switzerland, I'm getting a huge amount of hits when if I only search by first names.

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There have been occasional posts on EF where someone is looking for a missing relative or ancestor, etc. This kind of search is generally done by searching records such as telephone and address books, the commerical register and, if closely related, contacting the Heimatort where a Swiss citizen's family is registered, etc.

However, since the family names of your new friends are not known and it is only generally known that they are from the Deutschschweiz, a "passive" search is probably the only route, meaning posting notices that you hope they will see.

Some ideas:
1. As already mentioned, Migros Magazin hosts a "Bitte melde Dich", which offers this service.
2. Place a notice in a commuter newspaper. These newspapers are free and available at train stations. However, they have regional editions and, since it is not apparently known which area of the Deutschschweiz they come from, it might be necessary to advertise in several editions:
a. Blick am Abend
b. 20 Minuten
Possibly their advertisement rates are posted on their web sites.
Thank you.

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Re: Where to look?

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This is like looking for a needle in a heystack, but I figured I'd ask anyway.
Does anyone know a newspaper or a facebook Group (or anything similar) where I can Place an ad to look for someone in particular in Switzerland?
Don't know much detail about the people I'm trying to find, so regular searches on full names on facebook and white pages won't do.
Are you pregnant?

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If I knew their last names that would have been easy, but as I don't know their last names, and their first names seem to be the most common names of all in Switzerland, I'm getting a huge amount of hits when if I only search by first names.
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Re: Where to look?

I bet there aren't many groups that fit your description, if even more than one. The problem is to get your search out into the world.

Many radion stations provide a "help me find this person" broadcast, I think this is your best bet. A list of all stations can be found here, it includes french and intalian speaking ones though.

Perhaps just email them your request, including the details you posted here.

Though you might be able to spare yourself the trouble if you knew their hotel. The hotel probably won't tell you their contact info, but they certainly would send a letter or something, or phone them up and tell them to call you.
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No, are you?
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Re: Where to look?

To those who have posted good suggestions, thank you.


To the others: I'm not looking for a boyfriend, father of my unborn child or anything like that. Just wanted to know if there was an easy way of searching for them, because we had a fun night and would like copies of the photos taken of ourselves (which in no way included any nudity or anything else obscene/indecent).
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