How to Find a Person on the Internet for Free

By Amanda Kondolojy

  • Overview

    Whether you've lost touch with a friend or are trying to find a long lost relative, there are plenty of options online that allow you to find information on someone for free. Whether you use social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook, or more targeted services like Classmates and LinkedIn, there are plenty of ways to get back in touch with a long lost friend.
    How to Find a Person on the Internet for Free
    • Step 1

      Gather all of your information. Make sure you know the person's current full name, and gather any outdated information you may have as well, such as addresses or phone numbers.
    • Step 2

      Check the white pages. Online white pages like Yahoo! People Search and Anywho are all very comprehensive, and have listings from all around the United States (see Resources below).

    • Step 3

      Look into free personal information sites. Sites like ZabaSearch and NetTrace go beyond traditional white page listing and have historical records in addition to current ones (see Resources below).
    • Step 4

      Check around the social networking scene. Sites like Facebook and MySpace have millions of users, and there is a very good chance that the acquaintance you are searching for has a profile on one of these popular sites.
    • Step 5

      Try using a search engine. If all else fails, try putting the person's name into a search engine. You may find the name next to home sales or other listings that may help you locate the person.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Tip: If you still can't find who you are looking for, try looking for mutual friends who may still have links to that person. Although it is not as easy as looking online, getting back in touch with people from your past is its own reward.
    • Warning:
    • It is illegal to search for personal information like social security numbers online.

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