Finding People

Some of these are more US centric, but you never know what info they are harbouring. While the ‘long gone’ might not be found, descendants could be.

All links open to new pages.

Zabasearch is a fantastic search tool that focuses on finding only data related to individual people (names, addresses, phone numbers). You can use Zabasearch as a tool when you’re trying to find someone online, or simply as a way to verify an address.

How do I search for someone on Zabasearch?:

Just enter in the first and last name of the person you’re looking for, and the state if you know it (Zabasearch only works for United States-centered searches at this time).

With the tidbit that you’ve typed in, your search results bring back a variety of information, including:

Property information
Verification of zip code
Phone number
Month of birth

This is the free information that you’ll get as part of your search results.


Pipl is a people-specific search engine that gives you information that’s a bit different than what you’ll find using Google or Yahoo, because it searches the invisible Web, otherwise known as the information that’s not readily accessible in a cursory Web search.

Type in the person’s name that you’re looking for in the Pipl search box, and see what you come up with. Once you have the information you’re looking for, add it to your Find Someone research file (which should be filling up quite nicely by now!) and go on to the next step.


Wink is a people search engine that focuses not only on traditional search engine results, but social community profiles as well. Type as much as you can into Wink’s search boxes: full name, location, etc., and see what you can come up with.


ZoomInfo takes searching for people on the Web to a whole new level; by using a combination of various technologies to crawl the Web (Web sites, press releases, electronic news services, SEC filings, etc.), ZoomInfo organizes all the information about people into a readable, sensible format – profiles that can also be searched within ZoomInfo by corporate headhunters.

Type in who you’re looking for into ZoomInfo and you’ll potentially come back with a lot of information that leads to other information: i.e., links that show you where else that person is on the Web (that’s IF they have a presence online. If the person you are looking for doesn’t get on the Web much, this isn’t going to do you much good.).


If the person you’re looking for has done anything on the Web, PeekYou should be able to pick it up.

For example,Peekyou enables you to search for usernames across a variety of social networking communities. For instance: say you would like to learn more about the person who uses the handle “I-Love-Kittens”; you can use PeekYou to see what else they might be doing on the Web under that username (most people use the same username across many different Web services, so you could potentially hit some major paydirt here!)


If you know your person’s email address, username at various forums, message boards, social communities, etc., first and last name or phone number, type this information into YoName’s search box and see what comes up.

YoName will search across six different social communities (LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Yahoo 360, and Friendster) to find what you’re looking for.


123People is a people search engine that gives you a smorgasbord of information from all over the Web: links, documents, videos, email addresses, phone numbers, social networks, and a lot more.

Simply type your person’s name into the 123People’s search box and see what you can come up with; again, if the person you’re looking for is not active on the Web, you won’t be able to find much information here. Then again, if they have ANY sort of activity online, you should be able to find it with 123People


If you have an address, you can find out a lot about your person’s home at Zillow. Just type in an address, a general area, or a zip code, and Zillow will return a whole plethora of real estate information about your query. – USA ONLY

In addition, you’ll also be able to see how much that person’s house has been valued at, houses in the surrounding areas, local resources, and more.

Internet Archive   The Internet Archive
Not strictly for looking for people, the Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. This site provides access to numerous libraries globally along with other sie which may or may not be of interest. Certainly worth a look.



As is the nature of the web, any of these can be discontinued at any time.  If a site is not longer there, please let us know so we can remove the link.