How to Locate an Individual's Present Address

by Teo Spengler

A person's address can be located with a phone book, public records or through a private detective.

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In this day and age, it seems that you should just be able to enter someone's full name into a public search engine, and a minute later, get a current address. But we aren't quite there yet. On the other hand, a good chance exists that you can find an individual's present address if you have a little information about them.

Tips

  • To find an individual's current address, gather all the information you can about the person before you begin the search. Then, try running their info through Google, Facebook, free government or professional search engines, a reliable public records information site, or the virtual white pages.

Get Your Facts Together

Looking for common names such as John Smith or Juan Garcia in the United States will be difficult. Searching for 72-year-old John Linkletter Smith in Indiana or a Dr. Juan Guerro-Garcia in Southern California is doable. Gather together all the information you have on the person you are looking for, including age, prior addresses, education, profession, spouse's name, number and age of children, hobbies, passions, and any other details that might help you.

It's also helpful to chat with mutual friends up-front. This can narrow down your search geographically as well as get new facts to add to your collection.

Search Online: Facebook, Google and LinkedIn

This is a digital age, so you are probably already Googling for directions or checking Facebook to see what a friend posted. Now's the time to put your experience to work by using the Google and Facebook search engines to track down the person you are looking for.

When you google the name, do yourself a favor by adding in additional information. Don't type in "address John Smith," but "address John Linkletter Smith, age 72, Indiana." The more you can help Google by giving it details to filter results, the more likely you are to find what you need. Next, try a search of Facebook's billions of subscribers. LinkedIn also might be a good place to search for a current address.

Run a Public Records Search

The next step to locate an address of an individual is to run a public records search. If you already know where the person lives, you can try searching free public records in the area that is likely to lead to the person's address, such as property ownership records in Texas, or, if the person is an attorney in San Francisco, the California Bar Association, which gives you an attorney's name, education and address.

Fee-based public records searches are available that are specific to each state. Some of these are quite professional, while others may give you little for your money. Ask friends for their recommended search providers. The ones with the best reputations today may not be on the top-10 list next year, so you'll need to ask what to search. Whitepages may provide address information if you just put in the name and state. Other good options include Pipl and ZabaSearch, and most of their records are free.

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About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Spengler splits her time between French Basque Country and California.