The Top Ten People Search Sites

All sites are free to search

Whether you’re looking for information on a long-lost friend from high school, or your great-great grandfather from the old country, the internet is the place to turn. Here are the Top Ten People-Finding Sites on the web. All sites are free.


1. Google, of course. Type in a name, hit return, and odds are good you’ll find something. Try it with and without quotes around the name. Here’s a collection of good Google search tips for finding people.

2. Superpages National White Pages. Phone book searches used to be limited to one city at a time, but online white pages like Superpages now allow a national search in one fell swoop…just leave “Location” blank for a national search.

3. Google News and News Archives. You’d be surprised how many people get their name in the newspaper at one time or another. A search of news archives can turn up invaluable information, from the last few weeks or the last few centuries. You can search for free at NewspaperArchive as well, though there is a cost for retrieving full articles.

4. Pipl does a very nice job of consolidating people find information from a number of sources on the open web and the “invisible” web, and presenting it in an easy-to-digest fashion.

5. Facebook’s Friend Finder is a good way to explore social networking sites. Also have a look at people searches at the business-oriented LinkedIn  social networking site and at Jigsaw, a business contacts service.

6. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI). People do die, after all, and the more than 80 million records in SSDI give details on virtually all deaths in the US since 1963.  Thanks to GenealogyBank for providing free access to this important resource.

7. Intelius is a commercial service for finding people, but you can do a preliminary search for free, and uncover a surprising amount of information, including relatives of the person you’re looking for.

8.  FamilySearch.org is an awesome genealogy site with tons of free information. Thank you, LDS.

9. MissingMoney.com is an unusual resource, but worth checking (and type your own name in, while you’re there). This nationwide unclaimed assets database contains millions of names of people who have money coming to them.

10. OpenSecrets.org is another unusual and useful people-find resource, with a list of millions of folks who have contributed to political campaigns.

Tip: Public records are a valuable people-finding resource, but too diverse to list. Some counties list their voter registrations online, and can be a good place to start.

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