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Popular People Search Sites on the Web

Updated on November 29, 2017
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Paul was born and grew up in Wisconsin. He is married to a Thai and living in Thailand. He has Swiss, German, and Austrian ancestry.



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 which 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 which 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 my same name. By looking at the age and date of birth, I was able to find my record which I immediately opened. In examing 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 brother-in-laws.

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 zipcode 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 listed 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 record 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 are able to 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 my 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 a 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

Neighbor Finder is a free address lookup which 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 Googe 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

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 expat 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 sister.

Other Free People Search Sites

A wealth of information about people 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.


With all of the free people search 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.

© 2017 Paul Richard Kuehn


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      Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Blond Logic, I am very happy that you found this article helpful and were able to reconnect with old school friends.

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      Mary Wickison 13 months ago from Brazil

      This is a great list. I wanted to find out about some of my school friends and couldn't find them on social media. I finally got their addresses using the method you did and wrote them letters.

      It was good to reconnect with them after nearly 40 years.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi Paula. I am very happy that you liked this hub and found it informational. Although I am still a member of Ancestry, I haven't purchased their DNA kit yet. I am still trying to find out who was my great-great-grandfather on my father's side.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I'm pleased that you found this hub useful. Thanks for the information about Google.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I am sure that private and government employers are using extensive people search methods before hiring. I am happy that you liked this article.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 13 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for reading and your comments. I am pleased that you liked this hub.

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      Dora Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Paul, thanks for sharing. It is so true that we cannot hide. Last Christmas, I posted one photograph of friends and me on Facebook; and immediately, their names were listed in the post. Thanks for showing how easy it is to get help from these search sites.

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      Tim Mitchell 13 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I find this interesting a tad alarming. Our lives seemed once was private off and online. I know where I used to work they do searches on applicants high on the list to be hired. Especially with entry management positions. One must consider they will have a social security number while I wonder if they are used. I dun'no . . .

      Great article Paul and thanks. I am off now to search my former online names to see what comes up.

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      RoadMonkey 13 months ago

      Very useful. In Europe, Google is required to remove certain private data from online searches.

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul....This is quite informational....perhaps as they say, we can find "Too Much Information" nowadays. No more secrets or mysteries. In some ways, this sort of access for personal info can be helpful but there's no doubt IMHO, it can be rather unsettling for those of the private nature.

      As for the genealogy searches, I find this to be fascinating, not to mention incredibly valuable to us. It will always amaze me what can be done in terms of scientific testing now. I fully intend to send for my ancestry information kit I have seen advertised on TV! I know several people who have done this and discovered some mind-blowing things about their ancestry and DNA. So much of it can come as a surprise/shock to many individuals.

      Thank you for researching sites for looking up TMI about anyone. Those of your readers who are eager to play Private Investigator can now spend their time and money being Dick Tracy!! Peace, Paula