How to Search for People on the Web.
There are two problems that come up when searching for a name. Either
you get no addresses or you get too many.
If you get no addresses, try to remember
Search for these people, and, when you get a hit, ask for help in locating
the person you were originally looking for.
- The names of the person's (former or current) spouse(s).
- The names of the person's children.
- The names of the person's friends.
Most of the time when you search for someone, the problem you
run into is that you get more names and addresses than you can
deal with effectively. Then you need to narrow the search in
order to eliminate almost all of the addresses. Simple clues can
narrow down the leads, so scavenge your memory and old address
books for such details as:
Below is a list of sites that help you search for people.
- What is the correct spelling of their full name, including their middle initial?
- What is their date of birth? Even approximate year of birth is helpful.
- In what town/state (or even just state) do they live?
- In what town/state did they grow up? Are there relatives still there?
Some sites will search only one state at a time; others will
search all states at once.
Some sites do nothing but send your request to 1, 2, ..., or 10 other sites.
Most sites are completely free.
Some sites (USSEARCH and KNOWX) charge a fee to obtain all the
information they have. However they still offer partial
information for free, and that partial information can be very
helpful in narrowing a search. In particular, USSEARCH gives the
age of the people it finds along with their town/state of
residence. You can use the age info to eliminate many names and
then search on other sites for the remaining names in their
respective towns and states.
In the past you could not get any information at all from
USSEARCH if you went directly to their website unless you paid a
fee in advance. (That may no longer be true.) The trick is to
go to another site, perform a search, and when that fails, go to
USSEARCH. For example:
- Go to switchboard.com, perform a search, and when that
fails, then click on "public records search".
- Go to yahoo.com, perform a search, and when that
fails, then click on "people search".
In both cases you will end up at a page in USSEARCH where you
can request a search and receive back a listing of names along
with the town/state of residence and the age of each of most of
the people listed. The crucial information missing, of course,
is street address and phone number.
Finally, sometimes ussearch will not perform a search because
it is too busy, or it may say that it performs only 10 free
searches per day.
- www.anywho.com. One state/search.
- www.att.com/directory/. Turns into an AnyWho search.
- http://bigfoot.whitepages.com/ One state/search.
- www.i-ring.com/find/ One or all states/search. Searches bigfoot, infospace,
whowhere, and yahoo simultaneously. Can search for either street or email address.
- www.infobel.com/usa/wp/phone/default.asp One state at a time. Pop-ups.
- www.infospace.com One state/search. Street or email search.
- www.knowx.com Not free; you can still get useful info without paying.
- www.kplay.cc/people.html All states at once. Just a cover page for searches at
anywho, infospace, switchboard, whitepages, whowhere, or yahoo. Street or email.
- www.peoplespot.com/shortcuts/phonenumbers.htm This is a cover page which leads
to three cover pages, for 6, 20, or 10 search sites, respectively.
- www.switchboard.com All states/search.
- www.teldir.com/us/pn This is a cover page for a list of 10 search sites.
- www.ussearch.com Not free. All states/search. Gives age of people it finds.
- www.whitepages.com All states/search. Smart search of given name.
- www.whowhere.com All states/search. Street or email search.
- people.yahoo.com/ All states/search. Street or email search. Smart search.
Last updated November 18, 2002.