People Search Engines

There are a number of search engines which have been set up to find people. Some of those listed below, are not so much search engines as online communities geared around groups of people that are searchable. We have also created a number of our own custom search engines that will help to find people.

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AnyWho AnyWho.com - Part of AT&T, mostly a telephone directory and reverse phone number directory.
Ex.plode.us Ex.plode.us: Explode is an easy way to find friends and those with common interests, no matter what social network or service they use.
infospace InfoSpace: From their webpage, "The yellow pages and white pages directory from InfoSpace is the most convenient way to find people and businesses."
Linked In LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site used for professional networking. As of April 2009, it had more than 25 million registered users. An easy way to search for business people or professionals.
peoplefind PeopleFind: Find anyone instantly online using PeopleFind's advanced people search tools. They claim billions of records. You can browse their email directory, public records, reverse phone lookup tools.
peoplefinders - find anyone, anywhere PeopleFinders is touted as the web's largest people search with information gleaned on background, criminal records, marriage, divorce, email, and info from public records
Pipl is a 'scary' good people search which returns results complete with pictures of the people wherever it finds them, including facebook and popular photo and social sites.
Spock Spock advertises itself as, "The world's most accurate people search. Sign up to find people you know."
Spokeo guarantees the you will uncover personal information and possible 'dirt' on people. Their claim, "Want to see something juicy? Spokeo searches deep within 41 major social networks to find truly mouth-watering news about friends and coworkers."
Wink Wink is a free people search engine that helps you find people at social networks, blogs, and across the Web.
ZABASEARCH Zabasearch: Honestly free people search. All US postal addresses & telephone numbers revealed free.
3-times more listings than white pages phone directory. Lots of old listings though. Zabasearch will find addresses and phone numbers someone had 20 years ago! Tons of data to sift through.
ZoomInfo  ZoomInfo: Founded in 1999, ZoomInfo is a Web-based service that extracts information about people and companies from millions of published resources.

Boolean Search Techniques

(Boolean Operators)

  • AND: retrieves both keywords
  • OR: retrieves either keyword
  • NOT: excludes a keyword (use only at the end of a search string)
  • NEAR: will find documents that have the words in close proximity to each other, i.e. within 20 words
  • “ ”: retrieves only exactly what is enclosed in quotes. This is useful for finding people as shown by the examples in the table above. It is also important to note that when you are searching for an abbreviation, include a SPACE BEFORE AND AFTER THE ABBREVIATION!!!
  • *: This is called a wildcard (just the asterisk) and it will retrieve anything after the asterisk.