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There are a lot of reasons to try and find people online. You might be looking for a long lost relative, an old friend from high school or college, or perhaps you want to rekindle a relationship from a long time ago. While the internet has made it easier to search for these people, it can still be like looking for needle in a haystack.

In this guide, we’re going to show you the most common places to look, what kind of searches to run, and tips and tricks that professionals use every day.

Getting Ready to Look For People

The more information you have about someone, the easier it will be for you to find them. Obviously, if you knew everything about the person you’re looking for, then you wouldn’t need to search for them. Some information, however, is better then none.

Here are some examples of a few types of information you might have about the person you’re looking for.  Even if you don’t have current information, your old information may give you clues and point you in the right direction. For the sake of simplicity we’re going to use the present tense, but you can also think about old information too.

  1. What state/city/county do they live in?
  2. What kind of work do they do? (Are they a professional?)
  3. Who do they work for?
  4. What’s their family status?
  5. Do they own a house?
  6. Do they work for the government?
  7. Where did they go to college?
  8. What kind of degree did they get?

These are just some of the many starter questions you can ask yourself, to give you an idea of where to start looking.

Where should you start looking for people?

In 2016 and beyond, the three places you should start looking for people are:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. LinkedIn

If the person you’re looking for has too common a name, or got married (and changed their last name), then this will be harder then you think. For example, finding the John Smith you went to high school with 25 years ago will be almost impossible on Google or Facebook, unless they have an incredibly unique job or live in a very remote place.



We’re building out a People Search tool that will let you search by address, phone number, and name for those situations.