Popular People Search Sites on the Web
Nobody Can Hide in the World Today
No matter where you have lived before or are living now, most people will be able to find you using one of the many popular people search sites on the Web. This is because all of our public records which include birth or marriage certificates, court proceedings, phone numbers, and addresses are readily available on the Internet. We also leave a "paper trail" when we make use of popular social media sites like Facebook or Google.
Based on my ancestry research and experiences looking for distant friends and relatives. I examine popular people search sites online and what they provide in this article.
People Search Websites Providing Free Information
I was initially surprised to find a lot of online sites providing free information about people. The first site I learned about from my genealogy research was FamilyTreeNow. After later hearing about another site, Radaris, I decided to look online for other people search websites. I was able to find at least 20-25 more sites that look up addresses and phone numbers for free and also offer additional background investigation reports for a fee. There is also a lot of free information that can be found on social media sights like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
In this article, I am relating my personal experience of using some of the popular people search sites as follows.
FamilyTreeNow advertises as a genealogy research site which also includes information about living people. I tried building a family tree on this site but could find hardly any information about my ancestors compared to what I had found on Ancestry. What I did find is that FamilyTreeNow has a wealth of information about living people.
After inputting my first and last name and the state where I last resided, I was presented in a few seconds with 21 records of people having the same name. By looking at the age and date of birth, I was able to find my record which I immediately opened. In examining the record, it first listed possible relatives. These relatives turned out to be my deceased mother and father, son, ex-wife, brother, and sisters. Next, there was a listing of possible associates which included the names of two brothers-in-law.
My last known current address in the United States and previous addresses dating back to 1992 were also listed. These addresses included one of my addresses in Bangkok in 2007 which was listed as a New York City address due to the Bangkok zip code being the same as the New York zip code. My APO address used while working for the Embassy in Bangkok also appeared. Three previous landline telephone numbers and a cell phone number were also listed.
When I searched for my name with a previous unspecified residence in Ohio, FamilyTreeNow listed my address in Toledo, Ohio, from 1979 until 1980.
If anyone wanted to do genealogy research on my ancestors, they would have the information needed to begin, considering that my name and date of birth and the dates of birth and death of my parents are listed on FamilyTreeNow.
Radaris advertises by providing public records deep search compiling information from local. state, and federal sources. This site searches for records with an inputted first and last name, and city, state, or zip code. After I entered this data for myself and the last state where I resided, my full name came up along with that of my son and ex-wife. My last known current address and address previous to that also appeared.
If you desire a background check with email and associated people searches, lawsuit records, marriages and divorces, property records, past residences, criminal records, liens, and records of misdemeanors, you can have a report for $39.95.
My Facebook profile appeared and was correct, but information related to my professional records, education, resume, publications, and school classmates was incorrect.
WhitePages is another popular people search website. By typing in a first and last name and/or location address, you can find contact information for yourself or others. After inputting my first and surname, I was presented with a list of close to 75 people having the same name. Upon listing my last known U.S. address along with my name, WhitePages showed me one correct record noting where I used to live and a few of the names of people related to me.
When I clicked on paid premium access, I learned that this information could only be assessed by users located in the United States.
After clicking on free details, I could see my last known landline phone number, address, and cities of the previous residence back to 1979. By paying a premium fee, I would be able to see the full addresses, my divorce and birth records, court, and driving records.
Neighbor Finder is a free address lookup that can find people listed at an address and persons who live nearby. Neighbor Finder is operated by WhitePages. After typing in my previous stateside address, a screen with a Google Map picture appeared of my former home and the homes of neighbors. The address was associated with me, a few close relatives, and one neighbor. In clicking on my name, free WhitePages contact information appeared. For a fee, I could learn about the current and previous residents of my former home as well as other homes in the neighborhood. The arrow pinpointing the home of my former address was incorrect. It was listed for the next-door neighbor and not me.
Google Search is a free way to find a person by name, user ID, nickname, email, phone number, location, or another identifier. After entering my user ID on Google Search, I saw records of my posts on ex-pat sites in Thailand and also Hubpages articles. When I put in my full name, I was able to find some personal photos and one of my sisters.
Other Free People Search Sites
A wealth of information about people's search sites can be found by going to Skipease. On this website, you will have links to individual searches on Intelius, PeopleSmart, That'sThem, SuperPages, ZabaSearch, Pipl, Social Networks, and more. Wink, DexKnows, Anywho.com, YourFamily, TruePeopleSearch, and PeekYou are other popular people search sites.
With all of the free people search for information online, it is quite difficult to hide today in this world. For many sites, however, you can elect to opt-out and have your private personal information removed. I am not sure if you can elect to do this on Google.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Paul Richard Kuehn