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How to Find Someone Online

Before the internet, finding someone you lost contact with or needed to locate to serve with papers in a legal matter usually required the services of a private investigator. Today, there are several online resources you can use to conduct searches and find people.

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It Can Be Easy to Find Someone

Before beginning your online search, you need to make a list of everything you already known about the person you are trying to locate. Some of the most useful information might include:

  • Full name, including middle name
  • Date of birth or, if that is not available, the person’s approximate age
  • Last known address and any prior addresses & phone numbers
  • Name and address of the person’s last known employer
  • Names and addresses of any of the person’s relatives
  • Names and addresses of friends of the person
  • Military service information, including branch of the military, dates of service and locations where the individual was stationed

One place to your online search is by using one of the search engines. Typing the individual’s name into a search engine, such as Google, will yield search results in which the person’s name appears. Unfortunately, when search for someone with a common name, such as “John Smith” or “Mary Jones,” it can be difficult to sort through them to determine if any of the results are for the target of your search.

You could narrow your search by enclosing the person’s name in quotation marks. This will narrow the search to only those results yielding the name exactly as it appears within the quotation marks. You can further narrow the search following the name with the person’s profession or a city or state in which he or she might have lived. Just make sure the additional information appears outside of the quotation marks. For example, your search box might have “John Smith” and the word “reporter” typed after the last quotation mark.

If you have a telephone number for the person, you can use it in place of a person’s name or in addition to it to conduct search with any of the search engines. Some search services offer a reverse lookup feature giving you a person’s name associated with a particular phone number.

Using Social Media to Find Someone

The fact that so many people post information about themselves on social media provides you with another source on which to search for someone you are trying to locate. Social media resources with search features include:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Google profiles
  • LinkedIn

Most social media sites, such as Facebook, allow you to enter a person’s name in a search window and find information posted on the website about them. Searching on Google Profiles will show you any profiles the person created on Google.

Using Public Records to Find Someone

States maintain records about their residents that might be available for you to conduct a search for the person you want to find. Check the state in which the person resided to find out what records might be available. If you believe the person might have been in prison, that information would be available through a state’s department of corrections website. Information about inmates who served time in a federal prison after 1982 is available from the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Other Sources for Finding Someone Online

Many local newspapers are now available online and might yield information in their obituaries section about the person. A search might also yield information about the person’s relatives who passed away and mention the name of the person you are trying to locate in the obituary.

Regardless of the source you use for your search, you should always cross reference the results from one source against result from another to verify the accuracy of the information. For example, if you get information from an obituary, check it against the state’s public records to locate a death certificate.

Don’t overlook information you might have at your fingertips about a person. For example, if you receive a text from someone you do not know and want to find out more about the person, an easy way to begin is by using the phone number from which the text was generated to obtain the name of the person connected to the number.

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  1. Dave A Farden says:

    I am trying so so very hard to find the love of my life Jean Smith she lived in Bay city Mi in the 80’s we meet and the boat Bar in Ortonville MI , and she was so great , she worked as a loan officer, I think she lived on 12th St. in Bay city. I had to make the hardest choice in my life her or being with my daughter which it is a regret I have lived with for all of these years I would just really like to find her!!!

  2. Robert Mitchell says:

    Need current POC… phone number

  3. Tom says:

    I am trying to locate Mildred (Millie) E. Flood, 68, born Nov 9, 1953, previously lived at 2526 Naudain street in Phila Pa and 1008 Brook Ave. in Secane Pa.

  4. Veronica Hornsby Brown says:

    I am trying to find Mark Thomas Smith from Bronx New York!! He was in the military in Fort Rucker Alabama station there from 1983 until about 1985. He has a daughter named charitable Thomas and a son named birian in which was a twin but the other twin passed away! He is the father of my son. In which part of his name! He was married at the time, but I was not aware of that. His wife did get the chance to see my son! I need his family health issues because of my son and my grand children especially when it comes to medical issues! Plus, my son would like to meet him at this time in life ,due to getting a much better understanding of his children medical issues and their looks! He did get arrested in Enterprise and Dale vill Alabama.

  5. James Murry Barnes says:

    I am trying to find emma sims who has lived in a number of places in south florida, pompano, fort lauderdale and possibly deerfield or delray. she is 68 or 69 years old

  6. squarryadministrator says:

    Alfred, unfortunately we will need a full last name to assist you with finding someone by name. Maria is an extremely common name and even with a last name we will possibly need a middle name or initial to verify this is the correct someone you’re looking for. Please let us know if you can track down any more information on this person so we can better assist you with our public record resources.

    Best Regards,
    The Search Quarry Team

  7. Alfred Neumann says:

    I am searching for a Maria Z, who worked at Hydraforce, Inc in Illinois, now retired. Lives in Chicago, Il.
    Age is 65+.
    I don’t have the full last name, only the initial “Z”.
    I just want to make good on a promise.

  8. squarryadministrator says:

    We tried to lookup that someone for you Joy, unfortunately our public records database was not able to track down any information for this person in Arkansas

  9. JOY POINTER says:

    Am looking for Glenda Fay O’dell, born July, 1948; married Jerry Ray Martin in 1967; daughter Angel Rae Martin born May, 1972; brother Gary; divorced from Jerry; last I heard she was marrying someone named Chuck and moving to Arkansas

  10. squarryadministrator says:

    Petros, unfortunately we cannot find this person with the limited information you’ve supplied us with. Have you tried the white pages or Google business listings? Those are also good resources when trying to find someone online

  11. Petros Karagiannidis says:

    I ma trying to get in contact with Dr. Deker Knauss, specialist in iology and emunology, who is active in a lab based in S. California from a research that I did I asuume that he is in S. Diego. I would like to know thw address of the lab and/or his email in order to write to him for a serious med item that concerns me.

  12. squarryadministrator says:

    Amy, we are happy to assist you in finding someone but we’ll need more information to process your request. Can you give us her full name, state she lives in and her age or date of birth. Many people in the United States have the same first and last name so we’ll need more details about this person to perform a proper public record search for you

  13. Amy Ceader says:

    I want angela serd.sherry prestwood pat
    Mochocki email addresses for free

Last Updated: 2017-08-07

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