Finding People

It has never been easier

This page has the most free tools for finding people on the web

finding peopleThe Internet is a huge repository of information, much of it, about people. The problem is not usually being able to find some specific information, but rather finding too much of it.

The way to find someone usually is not just by using one tool that suddenly will find your long-lost old flame or missing family member, but rather by using a series of tools, each of which gains you a valuable piece of the puzzle.

Who do you want to find?

Find someone on the web! You are seeking a...

finding a womanFinding a woman is probably more challenging than finding a man, as women often change their surname when they are married or divorced.

There are some techniques for uncovering someone's married name or even maiden name.

We have built a number of specialized search tools and techniques that are found only on this page and are FREE.
The tools to do this are on this page.

Finding people at work

Most businesspeople belong to at least one social network.

networkingThe web is full of professional networks linking all kinds of people together in online communities. The most important one is probably LinkedIn, which has millions of members and is searchable by anyone for free. "Linked-In" has its own search, but we have also created a search tool to find different results - results you might not get with the standard interface. :-)

LinkedIn is not the only network, and we have listed dozens of them that would be worth checking for hard-to-find people. We are building tools to search those networks that are 'open' and able to be searched by our Google-powered, custom search engines and Boolean scripts.

You can "X-Ray" search LinkedIn and all sites like it with one search here:


Finding people at play

To search more sites (non-business oriented) click here.

Sometimes it is enough to simply look someone up in the telephone directory and you can find them on the first try. Often, this is not enough, however you can track them down via a professional network.

If you know where they worked, once lived, or went to school, your job is that much easier. But even so, you can often find almost anyone these days with the power of the Internet.

Keep reading to find out all the tricks!

College & University Search Engine

These searches only return results from school webpages!

Click on the tabs below to change the country/region to search.
  • CA
  • uk
  • EU
  • Oz
  • world
  • alumni

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How it works

Search the websites of Colleges and Universities

Does the person you seek work for a University or college? Have they published academic papers? Are they in the college newsletter? There's one way to find out...

Find your ancestors

The web has great genealogy resources

genealogyThere are numerous paid and free ways to hunt for ancestors on the web. If you have a lot of time to hunt on your own, you can find a lot of information for free.

If you don't have a lot of time, there are companies which have built up huge databases all across the world to help geneologists research family trees and find family connections across the world. Our genealogy page has free searches that you can use!

Oh, that guy in the picture? He's not your long-lost uncle. That's actually "Billly The Kid".

>>>More on genealogy...

Quick Résumé Search

Almost everyone looks for a job at some stage in their life, and to do so, they need a Résumé. The CV Fox resume search tool finds resumes from all over the internet - FREE!

CV Fox resume search

You could also try to Search Qualified Resumes on Monster

Can you trace an email?

You sure can! It's not as hard as you think!


How to find an old friend

Some basic tips and advice

  1. people finderTry to remember their first and last name. If they are a woman, their last name may be changed, as they might be married, divorced, and changed it since you last saw them. If so, you will need to uncover it.

    They might have paid to legally change their first and last names thereby making them nearly impossible to track down (E.G. the "Witness Protection Program"). This reason could be why you have had difficulty finding them up until now!
  2. Search on the various school searching sites and sign up with them to search their databases. Signing up is usually free. You will be surprised at who you can find on such sites! This is also a method to uncover married names of women you knew.
  3. Get in contact with other people that knew the person you are searching for. Ask them questions about when they've last seen them, talked to them, or any personal information such as their last known email address or phone number.
  4. Search the social networks, especially MySpace and Facebook to see if they hold an account. You can search by school, name, or email address. Browsing can be filtered by age groups, height, number of kids, gender, distance of postal code areas, and other useful information.


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