Find 100% True Free People Search
The extent of the effort made by scammers using the word 'free' as click bait (leading to paid search services) is as annoying to people seekers as mosquitos are to caribou. One way to find true free search and avoid chasing down allies that lead to paid search services (in the USA and internationally) is to look for websites claiming 'free people search no credit card required' or 'no charge'.
The Best Free People Finders
The two best international people finders are completely free to search: Google and Facebook. Both provide advanced search (in the United States and globally) beyond peoples' names, addresses, ages and phone numbers.
Literally anything and everything that has been placed online about someone could be revealed in Google free-people-search results including images, videos, news and shopping.
Facebook's free people finder is a similar totally-free site. It doesn't show the number of matches but shows pictures if present. Search returns can be advanced by including known data about the target like schools attended, location, vocation and events.
Online People Search Secret
A 'secret' way to search online for people is to use the following in the browser's address bar: site:people.com "Online True People Search" using quotes or not, replacing 'people.com' with the domain name of the site.
This technique may be a way to extract data about people that may not come up using the search function provided on the website.
Application: A people-search site displays some limited information about a person, confirming that there is information on the site about the person. Applying the 'secret search' might lead to additional details.
International People Search Engines
Regional search engines focusing on local people may have more details about people than international search engines that don't delve deeply into foreign databases. (Search engines 'crawl' of a website, is very quick (seconds) and usually shallow so 'deep web pages' discovered by local search robots may not be found by the mega searchers.)
Area search services are available internationally if local governments or search services haven't blocked Internet access. (Google for example blocks access to China, North Korea and others. China blocks Google.)
A way to find search engines targeting geographic areas is to search for them using the region's name and associated terms like 'people search USA'.
People Search App
'App' of course is an abbreviation for 'application' suggesting software. At one time there was an app named 'WebSeekPro' which installed on computers, searched multiple people-search websites and arranged findings on one screen. That app appears to be discontinued.
Searching for 'people search app' returns the usual attempts by website owners to attract traffic to their websites but it appears there are no apps which are true 'software' that can be purchased and used for unlimited people search.
Search for Bad Guys and Inmates
An obvious place to look for bad people is the halls of Congress:
- The U.S.House of Representatives maintains the website house.gov where searches can be conducted for finding people representing state congressional districts, including leadership and committees as well as a site map. This site does not publish individual email addresses and will not forward messages sent to the webmaster.
- The U.S. Senate provides search services at senate.gov via a search field and via drill down through categories named Senators, Committees, Legislation and Records, Art and History and Reference.
- At the state, country and municipal levels, similar websites can be found using the locality's name and agency sought.
There are several places online where records are stored of people who are convicted criminals. When choosing a website in search results, finding websites with .gov (government extensions) will assure free people searching:
- For example, bop.gov (stands for Federal Bureau of Prisons) provides a link on its home page to 'Inmates' (inmateloc/) - people who are incarcerated for committing federal crimes. There are options for finding and visiting detainees and procedures for communicating with them. Knowing the breakdown of inmate populations (general, female, juvenile, sex, tribal and treaty transfers) may aid in finding specific people.
- Searching for people locked up at state, county and city facilities can start with a search for 'inmates' followed in the search parameter by the name of the jurisdiction.
- All states have some form of 'Board of Pardons and Parols' searchable website where information on released convicts can be found. Search using the name of the state with 'parolees'.
- Male military prisoners are behind bars at the only max-security facility in the Department of Defense: the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
- Female convicts serve their time at the Naval Consolidated Brigatine in San Diego, California.
- People who have committed acts of treason against the United States served time at Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba - Gitmo (Government's Incarceration for Terrorist Military Operatives).
People Search Offline
Before computer and the Internet people looking for people and information about them had to slog on over to places offline that stored public records. Not every bit of information about people has been placed in searchable archives and not all archives are open to public search. Many remain today:
- Churches have logs of congregation members, visitors, births, baptisms, marriages and deaths often dating back to the inception of the church (barring physical parchment destruction).
- County-clerk offices house documents of public records: bonds, deeds, assumed-name, birth, marriage and death certificates and livestock brands.
- Courts record people who were defendants, jurors, plaintiffs, victims and witnesses in civil and criminal proceedings.
- Discharge records contain information about people who served in the armed forces.
- DMV records hold ownership of vehicles belonging to people and businesses.
- Elections administrators keeps track of voter registrations.
- High school year books contain unique personal information perhaps not discoverable elsewhere.
- Libraries of course can be the largest stores of information about people, searchable through the old catalog system.
- Schools and universities have scrolls of students and teachers often including contact information that existed at the time of attendance or tenure.
- Muster rolls have information about Civil-War people.
- Newspaper articles are stored from the beginning of paper print and much of it has not been converted to online searchable form.
- Parks and wildlife departments register people for hunting and fishing licenses and outdoor permits.
- Pauper scrolls are of people who are indigent and receiving public aid.
- Police blotters are desk sergeants' histories of people arrested or brought in for questioning.
- Tax assessors record property ownership and issue beer-wine permits.
Basically people who have gone about living their daily lives have been recorded in multiple databases, often without their knowledge or consent. At least in developed countries it's nearly impossible not to have people information about everyone committed to annals of time.
Advanced People Search Resources
Anywhere and everywhere people volunteer their personal information or put themselves into positions or situations that cause facts about them to be recorded are advanced resources for finding people and information about them:
- Dating sites - While people mostly use fake names when signing up at meet-up sites, they still spill the beans about their personal lives which leaves a trail that can follow back to them. One method for backtracking on sites like these is to enter search criteria for location, the name of a school, branch of the military and so on. While not always, people include pictures of themselves in their profiles, so working backward, images would be ways of reverse search and positive identification. If the website does not provide a people-search function, search the site using this format: 'site:meetpeople.com Clarksville' which should present any person in the database with the name of the town associated with his/her profile. (Replace 'meetpeople' with the domain name of the site and change the name of the city.)
- People Directories are everywhere. They contain lists of people and often include contact information, current employers, positions and duties. Dun and Bradstreet and the Better Business Bureau hold records of business names and owners, addresses, officers and often comments (made by other people) about the nature and reputations of the firms.
- Review sites are a hoard of information about people and their work. There are hundreds of websites like Yelp and Yellow Pages which are online versions of telephone directories of people and their establishments.
- Looking for people who own websites? Search for 'whois' to find the site and enter the domain names of the websites. If the domain hasn't been 'privately registered' information about the website owner (and the hosting company) will be provided.
- Business websites often include an 'about us' page that may list people who own and or run businesses. Keep in mind that shoddy organizations and small ones don't want it known that they are so, so their 'about pages' only include general smack and no identification of people.
- Hospitals have been at work for a number of years transferring written birth and death records to e form. Their databases can be a wealth of information because people can't change their names on birth certificates and most people pass away under the same name they came in with, not to mention that older and larger stores of medical records can go way back and can be in the hundreds of thousands.
- People can sometimes be found commenting in forums and blog posts but again usually under aliases which isn't necessarily a dead end in that if past usernames are known, people may have used the same ones on multiple websites. If people did, one or more search engines has likely found and stored them so searching by uname could pull up surprising results.
- Volunteers at fund raisers, charity events and political campaigns go on public record usually whether they like it or not, making them 'findable'. The particular venue upon which they appear may not offer any contact information but finding websites like this can lead to additional information available from the sponsor and other people.
- Public figures like politicians, actors and athletes have tons of information written about them online and off. Famous people may be easy to find but finding home addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses are veiled in secrecy (for privacy and protection). The very fact that people attempt to hide from the public spawns the likes of paparazzi who make it their business to pry.
Totally Free Sources of Online People Search
Some well-known sources of totally free people search of data publicly-available online include:
- VitalRec Search Inquiry: Birth, death, marriage, and divorce records search covering every US county or town in each state as well as international records from major European countries and Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and the world.
- Copyright Records: If your target person is involved in creative arts such as writer, musician, or has any part in the making of copyrighted media, the US copyright office has online searchable records.
- Patent Records: When the person you want to find is an inventor or scientist, they could be listed in the publicly accessible databases of the US Patent and Trademark Office.
- Federal Bureau of Prisons: If like other millions of people, your person of interest is or has been at one time incarcerated, the federal bureau of prison's searchable website will have them listed.
- The National Sex Offender Public Website: This is a public search website that lists registered sex offenders for all fifty states, US territories and Indian reservations.
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