Best Sites to Search for People Online

There are many web sites on the net and search engines that can be used to help find people on the web. Below are some of the different sites and methods of locating someone online.

Note: Most of these services work best for finding someone that is alive. If you are looking for someone that is deceased, you may want to start with a Google search. Another option that could work better are genealogy sites, which can have more details for deceased people.

The sites and services on this page are primarily for those users who are in the United States. However, some of the sites listed do have other countries available and the Google search tips listed near the bottom of this page can be used by anyone in the world.

New Tip: Many of these services require some registration or payment to get more detailed information about the person you are trying to find. There is no service or site we are aware of that will provide very personal information about a person for free. We have tried to create this list in order of services that provide the most information for free.

Today, Facebook is one of the largest online social networks with over 500 million people. If you are looking for an old friend, using the Facebook people search is a great first place to start.

One of the best free sources online for finding people in the United States. With their collected records you can find someones current and past address, associates, and family members.

Fantastic site for finding people online that searches over sixty different social networking sites, blogs, websites, and other sources online to find people.

A great online service that searches all the popular social network sites, blogs, search engines, meetup, Amazon wish lists, and much more.

One of the better sites for finding information about someone online such as family, home, online profiles, etc.

Great, easy to use page to find basic information about people in the United States.

PrivateEye is a quick easy and fast method of finding someone by name, address, phone number, marriage, bankruptcy records, and more. The site gives out free information such as full name, city, state, age, and possible relatives. Additional details such as phone and address are often available but require that the user pay a fee.

Almost everyone who has gone on the search engine Google has tried searching for themselves or others they know. Below are different methods of finding someone using Google.

Search for the person using their name. Below are different examples of how this could be done. If a user has a common name such as the example below adding the state, area code, etc. helps refine the search.

“John Smith”

“John Smith” Utah

“John Smith” 801

Pull up a person’s name and address using a phone number by typing a search similar to the example below.

phonebook: 801-555-1234

Finally, searching popular social networking sites, such as MySpace, is another quick method of locating someone using Google. For example, if you were wanting to find your high school classmates, you could type a search similar to the example below. 1997 “west jordan”

In the above example, the “” tells google to only search for pages that are on MySpace. All keywords used after this are what are being searched. In this case, “1997” is the graduation year and “West Jordan” is the high school name. Keep in mind this is a very basic example and would require that the person you’re looking for to have a MySpace page.

Other sites

Below are some additional sites that can help track down people online.

There are dozens of other sites that allow users to find people using public records. If you’re not ale to find someone using the above sites, you can search Google for other sites.

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Where Can I Search People Free?

Are you making the most of the free online searches for people? We take a look at how to speed things up, and get the results you are after.

Search Engines

If you’ve read our other articles, you’re aware that search engines can be very effective for locating people. You’re probably also aware that a quick search doesn’t always provide the results you are seeking. As an example, a search for Tom Smith on Google returns 35,000,000 results. You’d be very lucky if you found who you were after in the first 10, 20, or even 100 results. Rather than head off to try other avenues, why not get specific with your search?

Tip #1

Try enclosing your search within quotation marks (i.e. “Tom Smith”). Rather than 35,000,000 results, you have narrowed it down to 279,000.

Tip #2

Include the area with your searches (i.e. “Tom Smith” “New York”). By using both the location and quotes, this search has now narrowed to 40,200 results.

There are many effective searching tools provided by each search engine apart from the simple search box. Try clicking the advanced search, or search tips links provided, and you’ll start to get a better foundation of what you can really do. A few of the more common include the + symbol. Placed before a word or quoted phrase, the plus symbol enforces that the results will return only pages that have that exact word or quote on them. The – symbol does the exact opposite. If you’re returning too many results of a specific nature, and it isn’t what you’re looking for, take them out of the results with the negative symbol.

By learning to use the search engines effectively, you’re more likely to find the person you are seeking, and you’ll save yourself a heap of time in the process.

Other Searches

All of the advanced usage tips on search engines can be applied to many online people searches. If you’re not returning the results you are after, try moving up to the more advanced search where available. Yahoo! People Search for example has an advanced email search page. Rather than your simple first name, last name, and region search, you can also narrow things down by organization type, organization name, or even throw in an old email address.

Make the most of what’s available, and use all the information you have at hand. Free people searches can be very effective, but they are even more effective when you use them well.

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