A quick guide to finding people
Please note, this is a work in progress
tutorial on finding anyone
tutorial on finding anyone
Do you have a recent, even if not current, land line phone number?
GoTo
www.google.com and enter the number in the search box
Google Address and Phone Number directory of directories

Do you have a cell phone number?
GoTo
Reverse Cell Phone Directory

Do you want to find a cell phone number?
GoTo
Business and personal U.S. cell phone directory (voluntary, opt-in)

Is the person either abroad or a foreign national (non U.S.)?
GoTo
Country-specific search engines

Do you know what high school the person attended, preferably with the year?
GoTo
Classmates.com

Do you have the name and approximate address of a company where the person worked?
GoTo
Company Employee/coworker

Is the person a Federal Employee (includes military)?
GoTo
http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Directories.shtml
Federal and state elected officials

Is the person a local elected official?
GoTo
City, county, and local government links

Is the person in the military?
Department of Defense free or low cost mailing address locator

Do you have the name of a college or university the person attended or taught at?
GoTo
Google University Search

Are you certain, absolutely certain, that the person is still alive? If not,
GoTo
Social Security Death Claims
http://www.webobits.com/
http://www.obits.com/
http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/a-c.htm
Unclaimed Dead Persons 
http://170.164.50.2/coroner/IndigentList.asp
http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/deathrecords.html
http://www.vitalrec.com/death.html


Do you have an exact birth date?
GoTo
Ussearch

Do you have nothing but a maiden name?
GoTo
Ussearch

Is the person a professional  (Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Dentist, etc.) of some sort?
GoTo

Dentists http://www.ada.org/
Doctors http://www.ama-assn.org/aps/amahg.htm
Google search for licensing boards
Nurses http://www.ana.org/snaaddr.htm
Google search for licensing boards

Engineer/surveyor http://www.ncees.org/licensure/licensing_boards/

Is there any chance the person is an incarcerated criminal (could he/she be in jail or prison)?
GoTo
Federal Inmate Locator
State Inmate Locator

Do you know any locations for the individual? If so, check these newspaper archives from around the world for any reports on their activities.
GoTo
Paper of Record 

No luck yet? Cheer up, this is just the tip of the iceburg, go to the main People Find page for more sources and try all the search links, each one will have different information and sources.



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