Numerous websites offer free people searches, but few of them will provide much information unless you crack out the credit card and pay a fee. However, some people-related search engines are also available that offer quality information completely free of charge.
ZabaSearch is a comprehensive database of public domain information, such as birth records, marriage records, court records and phone directories. Search by entering the person's name and state into the search tool and reviewing the matching records. A free search will pull up the person's name, address, age, previous residences, current employer, past employers and names of potential family members. If you don't know the person's whereabouts, you can also search in all 50 states – if the person has a common name, however, you may have to sort through a lot of matches!
Whitepages claims to have the largest database of contact information for people and businesses in the United States. Like ZabaSearch, it asks you to enter the name of the person and the city or state in which the person last lived into its search engine. If there's a match, the website will return the person's current address, previous locations, family members and phone number, all completely free of charge. It also has extra features such as a reverse address and phone number lookup if you're trying to find an address or who has been calling you.
Pipl is worth an hour of your time since most of its information comes from the so-called "deep web," which includes social communities, online profiles and databases that other search engines don't directly access. As such, you should be able to pick up more information than you might get from other resources. To run a search, head over to Pipl's home page and type in the person's first name, last name and city. The matching results are displayed with a photo, so you can quickly find the person you're looking for. Click on the entry to reveal the person's full name, age, career, education, addresses, phone numbers and associates.
If you prefer to do your own sleuthing, social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook can reveal quite a few details about people, such as where they work, their relationships and contact information. Find someone on Facebook by first name and city or by simply typing the person's name into the search bar. Review the matching profiles until you find the person you are looking for. You can also search for someone on LinkedIn by using their email address, or check out the schools, associations and workplaces that the person you're looking for is affiliated with.
Use More Than One Resource
It's a good idea to use all the tools in your box since it's unlikely that you'll find all the information you're looking for in one place. Using a variety of people-related search resources will help you piece together all the tidbits of information, so you can get a comprehensive picture of the person you are looking for. Bear in mind also that many people-search websites rely on someone having an active online presence at some point; if your friend is a digital hermit, it may be difficult to track down much information.
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