What does it do: 123People searches through many
social networks (like Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster) forums,
Wikipedia and other communities to see if the person you’re looking for
is a registered member there. You can also enter additional details to
narrow your search by city, zip code, country and so on.
What does it do: MyLife is in my top 3 list for best people search engines. It searches over 800 million social network profiles via name, age, email address and so on. You can keep the contacts in one place via their interface.
What does it do: With TinyEye you can search by
PICTURE. Yeah, I’m serious. If you have a picture of a person and you
want to see where that picture appears elsewhere on the web this is a
great tool. They currently index 1 billion images…and this is a very
small proportion of the web but the index grows rapidly every month.
What does it do: Search for people on Twitter by
name, profession, religious background and many other criteria. Twitter
grows every day and so the number of people registered there.
What does it do: If you have your friends’ email
address and you want to see if they’re on Facebook, MySpace or any
other social networking site Spokeo is the perfect site for you. It
currently supports searching over 40 huge social networking websites.
What does it do: With this free people search engine you can search by name, phone and email. It does something similar to MyLife and 123 People.
What does it do: Its primary purpose is people
search. But I found Spock to be EXCELLENT if you’re searching by
profession. For example, you can type: professor “University of Sydney”
and get lists of professors of that university! Very neat.
What does it do: If you know that the person you’re
searching for has an unique username you can use this tool to search by
that criteria and see where he is registered.
What does it do: Pipl is also one of my favorites
free people search engines. They get their data from various sources
and display them on one page where you can see online profiles, blog
posts that person made, archives and other valuable information.
What does it do: Yasni is a mind-blowing resource that you can use to find people by name.
What does it do: PeekYou will search by first, last name or user name and deliver you all-in-one results on one page.
Find Classmates & Workplace and Military Friends
What does it do: Alumni provides a list of alumni
websites all over the world to help find your classmates. It is the
biggest website on the internet of its kind.
What does it do: Classmates is a big people search engine to help you find your friends from college, workplace and military.
What does it do: Zoominfo will search for large
range of employees for different companies. Use this site to find
professionals and workplace friends.
Find People using White Pages Directories
What does it do: White Pages is the most popular
directory to search for a person’s addresses and phone numbers. You can
also do a reverse phone and address search so if you know the address
or the phone, you can easily find the name.
What does it do: I’ve found AnyWho, although it has
a smaller database than WhitePages, it containts some information about
people that White Pages does not currently have. So I recommend you use
them in a combination.
What does it do: This is a quite different website
than the previous two. Here you can also find addresses and phone
numbers like in Anywho and Whitepages. Sometimes they display different
data than White Pages, but that is not often.
Find Maiden Names and Relatives
What does it do: This is a website for background
check and it is not free. However there are some free functions they
provide and that’s why I put it in the list. If you type a person’s
name, in the results you’ll see previous names of the person. Often if
you’re looking for a married female you can find her maiden name this
way (or if you don’t know her married but know the maiden name.) You
will also see previous locations where that person lived.
What does it do: If you go here and click the first
“Search” button then you’ll get to a website where you can see possible
relatives and room mates of the person you’re trying to find. You will
also see the ages of the relatives and the room mates so you can
determine more accurately if that information is true.
Find People using Public Records
What does it do: If you scroll down below you’ll
see a list of public records by state. There you have thousands of
websites that provide free public records.
What does it do: Infobel is by far the world’s largest directory of white pages resources. Use it for international people search.
What does it do: Search people by their social
security number and see if they’re still alive. Or you can use this
search engine to find deceased people and do further research.
What does it do: This is the only free criminal records engine. You can search for a person and see if he has a criminal record.
Find People Using General Search Engines
What does it do: You can use Google to enter a
phone number (this is only for United States) and it will give you the
owner of that number. You can also search for a person using Google.
Just make sure you surround the first and last name in quotes. So,
write “John Smith” instead of John Smith.
What does it do: Yahoo uses their search engine to find people for you. It is a great resource.
So those are the top 21 free people search engines to find anyone no
matter where they’re from. Which is the best? There’s no best engine
here. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. So the more you
use, the bigger the chances are you’re going to find the person you’re
looking for. Good luck!