i used a freelancer on elance in January 2015 and i want to use him again but elance keeps directing me to upwork and i cant find how to trace my elance previous projects. help!
Well, Elance is closed now, and I believe it's too late to migrate your account to Upwork. If you can do that, you would then be able to see your jobs and Elance freelancers (if that freelancer moved here).
You should probably contact CS here to see if they can help you.
As Virginia pointed out, hiring freelancers on Elance is not available anymore. If you don't mind clicking on my name here and sending me a private message with this freelancer's Elance username or email address (if you know it), I could check if this freelancer is on Upwork.