United States People Search
United States People Search

Find a person for free by any number of search parameters: name, address, telephone number(s), past and present employer, occupation or school, relatives, spouse, ex-spouse, military service...

Literally any word related to an individual can be helpful in locating information about the person in question.

A good place to start is the search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo which are some of the largest repositories of information on people - dwarfed of course by Big Brother (the NSA) which allegedly hears and sees all that is said and done online - and beyond.

In the Google search box type the last name of a person. Whoa. Way too many results and it's highly unlikely the target will be listed in the top search results, much less in the #1 listing. To narrow the search results, enter more known information about the person sought. Add a first name. Still too many. Add a middle initial, maybe a middle name if known.

Adding additional 'key words' related to the person helps the search engine to filter out people whose information doesn't fit the criteria. For example, searching for Bill Smith returns 835 million websites containing those 2 names. 'William Barrymore Smith' reduces the number of websites matching the search phrase to 6.9 million. Adding Texas (William Barrymore Smith Texas' drops the returns significantly to just 52 websites.

Search in Quotes

A little-known search function is to put a search phrase in double quotes ("search name here"). Doing that to our example returns no results at all, which means that there is no online resource (to which Google has access anyway) that contains the exact wording "william barrymore smith texas".

That brings up other questions: "Does text case matter?". Does 'texas' return different results than 'Texas'. Tx? TX? Long ago word format did matter and may still return a variety of SERPs (Search-Engine Return Pages) in some search services, but Google has smoothed a good bit of variation out, presenting very similar (if not exact) results regardless of capitalization, punctuation, etc. - even to the extent of showing websites and online resources with correct spelling when incorrect spelling occurred in the search phrase.

Scrolling through possible matches can be reduced by personalizing search listings. Using Google, conduct a search (any search) then click on 'Settings' under the search box then 'Search Settings'. Under 'Results per page' move the slider to the right to 100.

While in Settings, changes can be made, activating Safe Search, a region on the world, private results and voice search - particularly useful for those of us who loathe typing or can't. Remember to click Save at the bottom to register the changes. Doing so will apply preferences to the next search.

Another cool browser feature is searching quickly through SERPs for a specific name or phrase. Hold the control key down and press F to open a search box. Enter a portion of the name or phrase sought. The search box will show two numbers like 1/24 and highlight the characters entered for every matching entry on the webpage. '1' is the first match and 24 is the total number of matches on the page. If there are no matches the numbers will be 0/0. Use the up and down arrows to the right of the numbers to move down or up to the next match. If the cursor is on the first match, clicking the up arrow will move the cursor focus to the last match on the page.

Another handy feature is designating which websites should be accessed each time the browser is opened. Windows machines have Windows installed so Microsoft controls the default setting leading browser users to MSN.com which of course takes a long time to load all the click bait and background ads. Change the default sites in Chrome by clicking on the three vertical periods in the upper right corner of the browser window then choose Settings. Scroll down to 'On startup', check 'Open a specific page or set of pages' and click on 'Add new page'. Type in the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) address (like https://www.google.com) and click Add. To remove a website, click on the 3 vertical dots to the right of the entry of the website and 'remove'. There is no 'save button' in Chrome. Changes will be saved when 'settings' is existed.

In Internet Explorer, first, the Menu Bar must be displayed. If it is not, right click on the top of the browser window and tick 'Menu Bar' then select Tools then Internet Options. (The same destination can be reached through the Control Panel > Internet Properties.) On the General page, remove any undesirable destinations and type in the URL(s) of websites that should open when IE starts. Remember to click 'OK' to save changes.

Any page open on the computer screen can be printed. While viewing a page, hold the Control Key down and press P. The ensuing print screen presents options for which printer to use, which pages to be printed, the number of copies, landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation, color and 'more settings' leads to paper size, pages per sheet, margin settings, quality (print density), scale, headers and footers and background graphics.

If you would like to 'remember' a page and find it easily again, while viewing the page press Control + D to open the bookmark function. Type a (descriptive) name for the webpage. Use the down arrow in the Folder box to view suggestions for where to save the bookmark. Use 'Choose another folder' to view other folders or use 'More' then 'New folder' to create a new folder. Remember to click Save. To view and manage bookmarks, in Chrome, Click on the 3 vertical icons at the top right, hover over Bookmarks then press 'Bookmark manager'. In the manager bookmarks can be moved, renamed, deleted, created, copied and pasted.

It is also possible to save a webpage. While viewing it, right click and choose 'Save as'. Alternatively select Cast and choose a destination for the 'cast'. Click on Sources to see options for 'Cast tab', 'Cast desktop' and 'Cast file'.

If you only wish to capture all of the text on the webpage, copy it to the clipboard and paste into another program like Word, Notepad, an email message or any other program that supports the 'paste' function - while viewing the page, press Ctl+A to select all of the text on the page then Ctl+C to copy the text to the Windows clipboard. Go to the program to be used for pasting. Open a document then use Ctl+V to paste (or right click, paste).

Search Using an Image

Great feature, especially when wanting to know if proprietary or copyrighted work has been hijacked, but for people-search purposes, using Google as an example, on the Google search page press 'Images' in the upper-right corner. Click on the 'camera icon' in the search box and paste the URL of the image of upload an image file. This is an awesome feature well within its infancy in that currently, only exact images will be found if they exist. There is no facial recognition available to the public via a search engine, but as law enforcement and Big Brother loosens their grips on technology, this may become a more useful and widely-used feature.

Search by Voice

To use this feature of course there must be a microphone of some sort connected to or installed on the computer. Windows Cortana may need to be calibrated to your voice to make words spoken by you understandable to the software. The calibration is built into Cortana and requires reading of words, phrases and sentences. Engineers have been working feverishly over the years, improving 'voice recognition', but still a long way to go.

On the Google search page press 'Voice' in the upper-right corner. Pronounce each name or word as distinctly as you did when helping Cortana learn your voice patterns. Without the perfection that is sure to follow one day, it may be necessary to use the keyboard to correct words or names that are 'way off' and Google's spell checker might also help. If a word you've spoken is a bit off, you might leave it for the spell checker to suggest alternatives. The search results of course will be the same results that would have been returned if the same characters had been typed in the search box.

Property Records Search

Searching property records can be a form of 'reverse address search' if an address is known and used as a search phrase in the search function of a county tax assessor's website. Look for 'county tax assessor' and append the name of the county as a way of locating the proper website then hunt for a search function of property records. Enter or paste the address in the search bar. It might be helpful to see more search results by leaving the numbers of the street address off.

Most search services should also allow the search of property records by name. Here again using only a last name should return more results to pan through but for more common names adding a first name should help to narrow the results.

Either way the initial list of properties might include the Property ID, Account Number (of the account with the assessor's office), the owner's name, the 'situs' address and the current year's assessed value. Property information is a possible way of determining the person's life style and financial status.

Opening a tax record may reveal the amounts of money going to a local college, the county, the local city and the city's school - for the current as well as past years. The current amount due and any past-due amounts may be displayed.

A disclaimer similar to the following is likely to appear at the bottom of the page: "Every effort has been made to offer the most current and correct information possible on these pages. The information included on these pages has been compiled by staff from a variety of sources, and is subject to change without notice. The County Tax Office makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, accuracy or adequacy of such information and data. The Tax Office reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice. Original records may differ from the information on these pages. Verification of information on source documents is recommended. By using this application, you assume all risks associated with access to these pages, including but not limited to risks of damage to your computer, peripherals, software and data from any virus, software, file or other cause associated with access to this application. The Office shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of any cause relating to use of this application, including but not limited to mistakes, omissions, deletions, errors, or defects in any information contained in these pages, or any failure to receive or delay in receiving information.

The deniability seems to be contradictory in that it's the government who forces property taxes onto property owners, assesses the value of holdings, sets the tax percentages, collects and distributes funds and confiscates real estate for nonpayment. If they aren't responsible for their actions, who is?

Find a Deceased Person from the United States

Locate a record of a deceased relative, veteran or anyone in the United States by searching the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) at https://ladmf.ntis.gov/ which requires 'certification' which requires proving 'a legitimate fraud prevention interest, or a legitimate business purpose pursuant to a law, governmental rule, regulation or fiduciary duty to be certified'.

The SSDI does not include all persons who have passed who had social security numbers. It only includes those people who were reported as deceased.

To begin the registration process, click on 'Register' on the above webpage at the upper right. Owners of other websites hoping to cash in on this service have become registered and make searching the Limited Access Death Master File available for a fee. Look in Google and other search engines for 'find a deceased person' for a list of possibilities. Allegedly these sites are 'free to search": familysearch.org, ancestry.com, familytreelegends.com and stevemorse.org. Your mileage may vary.

The current fee for a copy of the SS-5 application is $27 ($29 if a social sec # isn't known) and the fee is not refundable is a record cannot be found. Also be prepared to wait as a response may take up to six months or longer.

Records of deceased persons are available from the Social Security Administration of approximately seventy-five million deceased dating back to 1936. Those records are in the Social Security Death Index. There are no records in the SSA for dead persons prior to that date.

Perhaps surprisingly the dead are not protected in the United States by privacy laws. If the deceased applied for a social security number, the SSA will provide a copy of the application (form SS-5). The document will include the person's name, date of birth, parents' names (that were provided when the person applied) and place of birth.

The SSA started keeping electronic records in 1962. The database (https://www.ssa.gov/data/) can be searched on the following criteria: dates of birth or death, first name, last benefit (city, county, state), last known residence, last name and/or social security number. To search in Spanish, click on 'Besqueda Espanol' at the upper right. Search options are provided to search the entire SSA or just 'policy manual', English FAQs and OIG results.

Find an Ancestor in the USA

Two thousand two will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in the United States at New York in 1620, making four hundred years of ancestral history on hand for those interested in tracing their family heritages back to English roots.

The first Spanish settlement in North America was Veracruz in 1519. The first slaves from Africa arrived in 1619. Of course the Paleo-Indians have been in the Americas for approximately thirteen thousand years so despite being a relatively new country, the United States is rich in ancestry.

The extent to which relatives from the past can be found electronically is dependent upon the degree of effort that has been made to commit such information to digital form and publish it on the Internet. Going 'way back' may still require trips to the library, peruse of old newspapers, rummaging through property records and the like.

The U.S. government maintains an extensive compilation of historical data on past U.S. citizens and people who have entered into or resided in the Unites States.

The National Archives and Records Administration has records of citizens and military personnel dating back to the Revolutionary War (at https://www.archives.gov/research/military/genealogy.html) as well as archives for federal employees, members of congress.

Locate a Dead Person

A bit morbid perhaps but the search target may be deceased. There are several ways to use online search services to dig up (sorry) a record on someone who has gone on to the after life.

Local People-Information Archives

If the person's current or past state or county of residence(s) are known, local government agencies like the post office and county records are good sources of information about United States residents and property owners.

Search for criminal convictions

All records of felony and misdemeanor criminal proceedings, guilty, dismissed or otherwise, tried in local jurisdictions, are kept at the county court.

Searching thirty-two hundred counties' records manually or electronically is free. They have information regarding assumed names, birth and death certificates, civil-filing fees, civil, criminal and commissioner's court, county court ad litem list, deeds, financial audits, personal and real property ownership, foreclosures, genealogy, judicial proceedings, liquor licenses, marks & brands, marriage licenses, military discharge records, petition and order of nondisclosure and probate history.

Search Local Sources

Employees at post offices in towns and cities, particularly in smaller ones, can be a wealth of information about local residents, especially those workers who have been on the job for a long while. They know (of) everyone because of their daily handling of mail and because they interact with locals who transact business at their establishments. Anyone serving the public in a private or governmental position may know of persons who lived or who are currently living in the area. The local phone, cable and power companies have records of their customers.

With a little bit of sleuthing other uncommon contacts for tracking someone down may be the local police, clergies, parishioners, funeral parlors, high schools and colleges, hospitals and all the places that are visited if not frequented by the local populous. When calling upon such sources of course it would be very helpful to have past and current photos of the person sought. Parishioners and classmates in small to medium-sized towns as well as employers and employees of small businesses can be direct sources of information as to where an individual might be or headed. What did the person in question convey to others about his or her future, plans, intentions, desires, likes and dislikes, favorite destinations. These are the works of private investigators but you do not have to be a PI to ask similar questions of the target's acquaintances, including relatives, ex-spouse(s), past fellow workers. Investigators piece together bits of information to develop a path leading to the person sought.

Search Printed Records

Two very arcane bastions of people history are local libraries and newspapers, from library cards to obituaries, new articles, engagement and wedding announcements, job promotions and changes, military involvement, political achievements - everything 'the news' thought might interest us. OCR technology (optical character recognition) has made it possible for archives to skip laborious keyboard entry of the written word by 'reading' text and converting it to electronic form, hence, droves of the written word have been converted to pluses and minuses and recorded for posterity in millions of searchable databases throughout the world.

People Search by Group

When conducting a people search in the United States there are different methods of searching depending upon how people being sought can be 'classified'. What circumstances are related to the target individuals? Generally people sought might fall into one of these groups:

Search for Immigrant Records

In the past most European migrants arrived at Ellis Island in New York. (It is located near Liberty Island where the famous statue of the same name stands. The magnificent monument was one of the first objects that migrants saw from the deck of the ship coming to the American coast.)

There newcomers underwent quarantine for many weeks. They had to go through a medical examination and registration and only after passing all these requirements they could get to the mainland.

Since 1892 the federal government immigration service has been operating on Ellis Island. In general in the period from 1892 to 1954 about 12 million people got to America through Ellis Island. A third of them settled in New York. (Ellis Island has stopped its work since 1954. Now there is a Museum of Immigration.)

Today information about the majority of legal migrants to America who arrived through Ellis Island is digitized and is freely available. One of the most popular and convenient search systems for newcomers in the USA is the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation website. ()

On the main page of the site start the search by entering the required last name. (The first name is optional.) All of the features of the site are available to those who create an account. Without it more detailed data cannot be viewed.

Enter the last name and search. The system will show a list of people with name, surname, the year of arrival, place of the previous residence and the name of the ship on which the person arrived.

The Passenger Record tab contains detailed information about the person:

The Ship Information tab contains a report about the vessel on which the migrant arrived. There's a photo and a brief reference to the technical characteristics and history of the ship.

The Ship Manifest tab is especially interesting with a scan of the original document with a note about the arrival of the person.

Missing People

When looking for a missing person ask the police for help. They can do it much faster. Moreover there is an option of hiring a private investigator. He can find friends as well as help in the search for missing persons.

Volunteers and police officers have some tips on what to do if someone is missing. It is not necessary to go to the police department. It?s enough to call 911 and have the search group come to you.

It is especially important to contact the police quickly if a child is missing. They start searching for kids within an hour.

Make an announcement stating first and last name, date of birth, clothing last worn and location last seen as well as multiple photos (if available).

Also make posts on social networks. Ask your neighbors if they have seen something. So there is a better chance that residents will be able to recall essential circumstances related to your case.

In the US many non-governmental organizations along with the FBI are engaged in search investigations. For example the Polly Klaas Foundation named after a 12-year-old girl kidnapped from her bedroom in 1993 in California helped track down more than eight thousand missing children in 20 years. Thousands of Americans shocked by the cynicism of the crime participated in the search for a child. Unfortunately they could not save the girl?s life.

People Residing in the USA

You have already tried to find a person by his name phone number social networks or other known information and did not succeed? It's time to hire a private detective.

If the only reason you cannot find somebody is losing the touch with him the specialist will locate that person quite easily. But what if this individual intentionally escaped? A private investigator can help you to find your old friend as well as your enemy.

Maybe somebody borrowed money from you and disappeared? But nobody can hide from the detective. Even if that person changed his name passport driver's license a private investigator will find him. How do they work?

First of all they analyze known information. They go to the person's place of work talk to his friends and possible witnesses. Detectives use all available databases but they also can request police or FBI to give them all the data about an individual.

If the private investigator suspects a crime he can wiretap the cell phones of all people related to the disappearance. He can also put under surveillance suspicious buildings or places where the missing one can be.

With the FBI help the detective can check prisoner databases fingerprints photos. The probability of matching results is quite high. Also he can check if somebody with the same name and last name left the USA. In this case you will have information about the destination country.

Law Enforcement

Aside from the records for open cases or ongoing investigations, and those that involve a juvenile: information on concluded arrests or complaints filed against a person is readily available with law enforcement authorities. The state police, county, sheriff, the FBI, ATF, DEA, rangers, or Canadian Mounties have a low threshold for keeping old records confidential. Don't, however, expect to get a person's address or phone number from law enforcement, but sections of authoritative bodies may assist within reasonable online people search.

This is also similar to the special law enforcement and spying agencies such as the National Security Agency, CIA, MI6, Five Eyes, or the Israeli Mossad. Records can only be released from these agencies if it may be helpful in the investigation but can be closed if another person will be in danger. The CIA's CREST database contains declassified documents that were available from the National Archives.

County Clerk's or Registrar of Voters Office

Political, electoral, journalistic, and scholarly records for anyone can be sourced from the voter records for governmental or corporate reasons. Registered online people search companies can write a request to the county elections office or the state secretary with the certifiable purpose of interest and access personal records. With the policies of confidentiality being different from every county in a US state, birth, death, marriage, or divorce records can either be released with a court order or to a person of close sanguinity.

Real property and arrest records are also available from the county clerk's office or at the state level from the Vital Records Office. These records are public and do not require sufficiently detailed requests to release information.

Distant Relatives Search

How to find records of your relatives who at one time emigrated to the United States? Today there are online services for finding people who once arrived in America. Arriving in the New World was accompanied by a series of formal procedures that every emigrant had to go through before taking a step on the land.

The United States of America is one of the biggest countries in the world. Finding a person there without any information is like looking for a needle in a haystack. However using modern technology you can find that needle.

If you carefully study your family tree you may find relatives who more than a century ago traveled to America. Today relatives may live here in the U.S. or overseas so having resources available that are global in nature may be useful tools.

If you want to find members of your family that moved to America years ago you should use the Ellis Island Foundation website. It contains all records about migrants from Europe Africa Asia and Latin America.

Such instances in the genealogy of European families are not unique. The rapid demographic growth of the second half of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries and correspondingly increasing land hunger massively pushed the European population to search for a better life overseas.

It was the time of Klondike gold rush. Promising possibilities attracted people to the USA. Everyone wanted to achieve the American dream and it was the reason millions of people migrated to America.

Familyspace Search

This search engine searches not only among the actual data but also in archives. In this way, you can find your family members and your ancestors. There is a function of creating a family tree. Moreover, this platform stores a large number of historical documents, presented in the form of scans or digitized files. Before you start working in the system, you must sign up. Registration takes only a couple of minutes and consists of entering a password and email. After that, you only need to enter the name to start processing the data. At the output, you will have all the suitable files.

Search For A Person By Name Using Search Engines

You can use Google or Yandex, which is a more popular search engine from the past. Type the known data and click the Search button. Any information that gets on the Internet remains there, due to the comprehensive network memory. Therefore, if there is any information about the person you are looking for, you will see it.

For example, this individual entered his name and phone number during registration. So you can find which social network he uses. Or maybe he is an employee or leader of an organization that has an open information policy. Therefore, you can find him, for example, in the "employees of the month" section. And if the person is an entrepreneur and has his business, then the data on the registration of the individual entrepreneur will remain in the public domain.

You can find some information in the news, newspapers, magazines, electronic resources. Maybe that man is the author of a scientific paper or patent. If you have lost contact, you may be surprised what kind of activity the person is engaged in - training, work, private business.

How To Find People Through Electronic Phone Books

The phone is an integral part of our life, regardless of age, gender, social status. And the most effective way to find someone is using the phone book. Those databases usually include all city phone lines. However, it often covers only the name of the apartment owner. But in some cases, you can see all people registered at this address.

So, you should enter the full name + phone number. Many believe that these resources violate the law about private information. But it is quite hard to control. That is why, due to its semi-legal activity, the server sometimes does not work.

General People Search

Over the past few years people information directories have become very popular. As evidenced by the number of searches for people, searching for information about them is a primary online activity.

There are many reasons to find someone, from dead-beat dads to debtors, from past school mates to past loves. Having a presence and an identity on the Internet has become a passion, hence the boom in the growth of social websites like Facebook and My Space.

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