Town Hall

Locating friends and relatives

We sometimes receive enquiries from the public who want to locate friends or family who they believe may be living in Islington.

The Data Protection Act 1998 does not allow us to confirm or deny the whereabouts of people to other members of the public without the consent of the person being sought. However, we may be able to pass on a message if we have their contact details on our systems. 

There are other ways that the public can try and trace people. Here are some examples:

Finding missing people

  • Metropolitan Police - telephone: 101 
  • Missing People - works with young runaways and missing and unidentified people. Telephone: Freefone 116 000 or visit
  • British Red Cross - relatives separated by wars or disasters. Telephone: 0844 871 11 11 or visit
  • Reunite - specialising in abduction and international custody disputes. Telephone: 0116 2555 345 or visit
  • Salvation Army - tracing adult relatives in the UK and overseas. Telephone: 0845 634 4747 or visit

Tracing family history

  • GOV.UK – where people can order birth, marriage and death certificates. Visit
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