How to Locate an Individual's Present Address

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

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

Nowadays it's easier than ever to keep in touch with old friends and acquaintances thanks to email and social media applications. However, there are times when we lose contact with the people we care about and would like to locate their present mailing address whether it be to send a holiday greeting card or to see if the person still lives in the area. The phone book, supplied by your local telephone company, provides the least expensive and easiest way to locate a person's present address but unfortunately not everyone chooses to be listed.

White Pages

Open your phone book and locate the White Pages, which is a directory of residential listings. Flip to the section that contains the first letter of the person's last name you hope to locate. Scan down the page, remembering that the book is listed in alphabetical order, in order to find the person's last name.

Search beside the name for the person's first name. Copy the phone number and address listed on a piece of paper.

Send your holiday card or other correspondence to the person's address.

Public Records

Open your Internet browser. Search for "Public Records" using your favorite search engine. Visit the available web sites and research the services provided by each company. Make note of any fees that will be applied upon signing up for the services.

Choose the service you prefer. Read the fine print thoroughly to ensure you understand the details of the program and all possible charges. Sign up by providing your name, mailing address, email address, phone number and any other required information. Verify the charge before entering your credit card and expiration number. Submit the form.

Receive the confirmation message in your email. Log on to the service with your user name and password. Enter the first and last name of the person you wish to locate. Scroll to the current state of residence, if it is known. Click on the button labeled "Search" and wait for the results that will include the person's current address and phone number.

Private Detective

Open your phone book and flip to the section marked "P" in the phone book. Scroll through the listings until you see "Private Detective." Call several private detectives to get information on services and pricing.

Choose a private detective and meet him at his office. Provide the first and last name of the person you wish to locate, along with any additional information that is requested.

Pay your fees and wait for the detective to present a current location for the person you would like to find.

Items you will need

  • Telephone book
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Private detective

About the Author

Daelyn Fortney is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. Her expertise includes animal welfare, vegan and vegetarian nutrition and health and wellness. In addition to her work at TDIV, Fortney writes for and various other websites.

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