It has never been easier
This page has the most free tools for finding people on the web
The Internet is a huge repository of information, much of it, about people. The problem is not usually being able to find some specific information, but rather finding too much of it.
The way to find someone usually is not just by using one tool that suddenly will find your long-lost old flame or missing family member, but rather by using a series of tools, each of which gains you a valuable piece of the puzzle.
Who do you want to find?
Find someone on the web! You are seeking a...
Finding a woman is probably more challenging than finding a man, as women often change their surname when they are married or divorced.
There are some techniques for uncovering someone's married name or even maiden name.
We have built a number of specialized search tools and techniques that are found only on this page and are FREE.
The tools to do this are on this page.
Finding people at work
Most businesspeople belong to at least one social network.
The web is full of professional networks linking all kinds of people together in online communities. The most important one is probably LinkedIn, which has millions of members and is searchable by anyone for free. "Linked-In" has its own search, but we have also created a search tool to find different results - results you might not get with the standard interface. :-)
LinkedIn is not the only network, and we have listed dozens of them that would be worth checking for hard-to-find people. We are building tools to search those networks that are 'open' and able to be searched by our Google-powered, custom search engines and Boolean scripts.
You can "X-Ray" search LinkedIn and all sites like it with one search here:
Finding people at play
To search more sites (non-business oriented) click here.
Sometimes it is enough to simply look someone up in the telephone directory and you can find them on the first try. Often, this is not enough, however you can track them down via a professional network.
If you know where they worked, once lived, or went to school, your job is that much easier. But even so, you can often find almost anyone these days with the power of the Internet.
Keep reading to find out all the tricks!
College & University Search Engine
These searches only return results from school webpages!
Click on the tabs below to change the country/region to search.
How it works
Search the websites of Colleges and Universities
Does the person you seek work for a University or college? Have they published academic papers? Are they in the college newsletter? There's one way to find out...
Find your ancestors
The web has great genealogy resources
There are numerous paid and free ways to hunt for ancestors on the web. If you have a lot of time to hunt on your own, you can find a lot of information for free.
If you don't have a lot of time, there are companies which have built up huge databases all across the world to help geneologists research family trees and find family connections across the world. Our genealogy page has free searches that you can use!
Oh, that guy in the picture? He's not your long-lost uncle. That's actually "Billly The Kid".
>>>More on genealogy...
Quick Résumé Search
Almost everyone looks for a job at some stage in their life, and to do so, they need a Résumé. The CV Fox resume search tool finds resumes from all over the internet - FREE!
You could also try to Search Qualified Resumes on Monster
Can you trace an email?
You sure can! It's not as hard as you think!
How to find an old friend
Some basic tips and advice
- Try to remember their first and last name. If they are a woman, their last name may be changed, as they might be married, divorced, and changed it since you last saw them. If so, you will need to uncover it.
They might have paid to legally change their first and last names thereby making them nearly impossible to track down (E.G. the "Witness Protection Program"). This reason could be why you have had difficulty finding them up until now!
- Search on the various school searching sites and sign up with them to search their databases. Signing up is usually free. You will be surprised at who you can find on such sites! This is also a method to uncover married names of women you knew.
- Get in contact with other people that knew the person you are searching for. Ask them questions about when they've last seen them, talked to them, or any personal information such as their last known email address or phone number.
- Search the social networks, especially MySpace and Facebook to see if they hold an account. You can search by school, name, or email address. Browsing can be filtered by age groups, height, number of kids, gender, distance of postal code areas, and other useful information.
Search Engine Tricks
To get the most out of search engines, it is good to learn just a little bit about how to structure a good search. This is a lot simpler than it sounds and will help you uncover what you are seeking in less time.
Searching MySpace and Facebook with one search?
We have built a number of dedicated search tools on this site that are not only capable of searching myspace and facebook at once, but can search ALL of the social networking sites to find a person...
You can find out a lot about someone on the Internet. It is almost impossible to hide.
This page will give you all the tools that there are to find people online.
Finding An Old Flame
Years ago, I dated a girl in high school. Her mother did not care for me, and it was not long before our relationship ended.
I never really though about her as I was happily married. Then one day, an old friend called after his wife had left him and he asked me if I had contact to "Sarah".
I did not, and in fact had not heard a thing from her for over 20 years. But I liked the challenge and decided to go and hunt for her.
First, I went to an alumni site where I was able to see that she once had an account there many years ago, but from this I learned her new married name. I still did not know where she was.
Later, my company had access to the
Monster.com resume database, and I found an old copy of her résumé in there. The number and contact information was not good anymore, but now that I knew that she had relocated to California, and now knew her married name, I was able to look her up on an online telephone directory and found her number.
I passed the number to my old friend in Florida and they rekindled an old flame!
Mom's First Husband
My father died of cancer a few years ago, but before he did he wanted to marry my mother in the Catholic Church. It was important to him and about the only thing he had left undone in his life.
But there was a problem. Mom was previously divorced and nobody had any idea where or how to find her ex-husband.
I knew his name and that he was once in the navy. That was it. I was able to find his email online. I sent him an email on a lark hoping that it was the right guy and sure enough, he called my mom - 40 years after they had last spoken. My mom almost fainted when she got the call.
The gentleman graciously agreed to help with the paperwork for an annullment and my father got his dying wish.
Look up your old school and find your friends
Cut to the chase and research one of the web's largest sites for high schools and former students. You can search through every high school in America and across the world.
Ladies: Check Him Out!
CHECK HIM OUT!
THE AMERICAN WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS
(IN E-BOOK FORMAT)
by W. Joseph Ryan
Ladies! Never date a stranger unless you've checked him out first! Fortunately, a basic background check is an easy thing to do, via the telephone and the Internet. In just a matter of minutes, you can find out a great deal on your own about any potential date (or even your fiance' or husband) using the simple, free background check techniques described in our new "how-to" manual. Whether you met him via the Internet or in person doesn't matter as long as you know his name and address or telephone number. With just this small amount of information as a starting point you can quickly and confidentially
What is "Skip Tracing"?
Skip Tracing is basically the term for what detectives and bounty hunters do! In fact, all of the methods they use are on these pages.
When you find them...
This may no longer be the person you once knew. Their appearance, preferences, lifestyle, and habits may have changed dramatically; even within a short time. Never think, "She would never have moved there" or "He would never have done that". You must also accept the possibility that the person has died or gone to jail.
Be honest when you contact the person. Don't pretend you just happened to be in town. Be up-front about your search efforts. If it makes them uncomfortable, be understanding and do not contact them again - you do not want to become a 'stalker'.