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Find people you've lost contact with.  Fill in the form just once.   Then click any site.  It'll already have the search criteria you've put in the form.   Saves you work!
STEP 1 - ENTER your search criteria:
 
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STEP 2 - CLICK Search buttons below:
 John's Favorites (short list)  My favorites from the 4 different types of sites: Phone Lookups, Metasearch Engines, Single Search Engines, and "Deep Diggers."
  Switchboard US (Phone Lookup)
Quick source of basic info provided by Intellius at no charge. Very nice relatively large map.
  Whitepages.com (Phone Lookup)
Searches nationwide for people, even when no state is supplied.
  Pandia People Search (MetaSearch)
Broad outreach on people searches. Impressively wide-ranging on other topics as well.
  Google (Single Search Engine)
The #1 search engine identifies far more people than you'd expect.
  pipl (Deep Digger)
Probes far beyond the usual. Covers scientific publications, governmental records, geneologies, etc. AND mines the "blogosphere." Justifiably said to do "Deep Web" searches.
  zoominfo (people in business)
Leading business search engine. Profiles tens-of-millions of people, millions of companies. After your name search, add a company name to refine your search. Use to investigate companies. Click on Co. name for home page, address, phone and more.
  Business.com (business search)
Directory of businesses for B2B advertising. Also excellent for finding people in business. Add business category to your initial search results to refine.
  Google Blog Search (Deep Digger)
The #1 traditional search engine provides a separate facility that searches blogs. Don't overlook this important resource.
 
 PHONE LOOKUP SITES (Many examples are shown.)  (Quick and easy -- especially if you have filled in City and/or State.) TRY A FEW OF THESE. If not successful, MOVE ON to the METASEARCH sites (scroll down to them).
  Whitepages.com
A "John's Favorite" above. Searches nationwide for people, even when no state is supplied.
  Infobel
Works only if you input name plus city and state. However, provides Neighbors on same street and a Map. Claims to search in most foreign countries, but not without name, city/province.
  Addresses.com
Very efficient White Pages and Yellow Pages Search.
  MSN City Guide
Besides White Pages search, displays location on a map. Will map highway route to destination at no charge.
  AOL White Pages
Fast search, provides name, address, phone number, and map, all for free. Map is very nicely zoomable.
  AnyWho (at&t Directory Assistance)
Fine White Pages lookup. Outstanding map function. However, will not search unless you input state.
  Netscape White Pages
Says "Powered by InfoSpace." Yet it doesn't always return the answer that comes up on InfoSpace directly. Hmmmmm...
  eXcite White Pages
Disappointed me on several trys. But you'll be looking for different people. Give it a shot.
  World Pages US
"Powered by U.S. Search." Requires payment, just as U.S. Search does when you consult it directly.
  SuperPages.com
"Powered by WhitePages.com." Address, phone number, map, highway routing and more at no charge.
  Dogpile White Pages Search
Effective. Basics are free. Unfortunately Dogpile's metasearch nature is not evidenced here. Apparently powered exclusively by Intelius.
  Switchboard US
Quick source of basic info provided by Intellius at no charge. Very nice relatively large map.
  Intelius
NOTE: No free info! Here you directly enter Intelius, which many other sites hire to provide the basic findings they give away free. Might as well enter through one of those sites. If their free service falls short, they enable you to upgrade by paying Intelius's standard fees.
  InfoSpace
Infospace powers several other sites. Here you'll enter Infospace directly, and find it dispensing fully as much free info as on any of the sites it powers. Note the excellent map.
  DexKnows.com
People search powered by WhitePages.com. Does good fast White and Yellow Page searches and is adding distinctive proprietary features.
  PublicRecordsNow
NOTE: No free info! Aggressively claims, "You can search billions of public records from multiple sources ... current and up to 25 years of past information." Visible clues resemble other paid sites.
  reunion.com
NOTE: Must join to use. If you can get your answer elsewhere, why publish your info? Claims to "search 30 million Members ... 200 million profiles ... billions of records!"
  Canada411
Very widely used search site to find Canadians. Excellent for this specialty. Input city and province.
  411.COM
Powered by U.S.Search. Provides free of charge basic info that U.S.Search would charge for if entered directly. Variety of paid services.
  People Finders
NOTE: Yields only location free. Pay to get phone number and other upgrades. Does not say it's "powered by" another site, but appearance resembles others.
 
 METASEARCH ENGINES  (These sites search multiple other search engines simultaneously. For example, DogPile automatically submits your inquiry to Google, YahooSearch, MSN Live Search and Ask.com.)
  Pandia People Search
Pandia will surprise you with the many sources from which it returns answers to your inquiry, ranging from the obvious like Google and Yahoo to others that are quite obscure and specialized. Impressive!
  Search.com
Search.com searches Google, Ask.com, LookSmart and lots of other search engines and individual sites. Fast and efficient. Definitely one you should try.
  Dogpile
One of the earliest and still one of the very best metasearch engines. Says it searches Google, YahooSearch, MSNLiveSearch, and Ask.com. However, it returns answers from many other resources as well. You will like it.
  WebCrawler
Another of the earliest metasearch engines. Calls itself "The Web's Top Search Engines Spun Together." Unlike the other metasites, WebCrawler does not state its source sites.
  Clusty
Clusty will surprise you with the wide variety of sites from which it pulls results. Definitely should be consulted.
  Mamma
Excellent metasearch engine. Brings forward results from a wide variety of other search engines and specialized sites. Highly recommended.
 
 SINGLE SEARCH ENGINES  (Many Examples Shown) These sites SEARCH THEIR OWN DATABASES or their own narrowly specialized subset of other wider databases. If several fail, MOVE ON to "DEEP DIGGERS" sites.
  Google
The Swiss Army Knife of search engines. Just about everyone wisely turns first to Google for a Web search on virtually any subject. Usually outperforms the business specialist sites in their specialties.
  YAHOO!
Here we've chosen the basic Yahoo!, even though they offer a specialized "People Search." That's because the basic has outperformed the specialty every time we've tried.
  US SEARCH
You must PAY to use, so try FREE sites first. Here you can choose Background Check (incl. search by Social Security No. or Maiden Name). Also Criminal and Real Estate records.
  zoominfo
Leading business search engine. Profiles tens-of-millions of people, millions of companies. After your name search, add a company name to refine your search. Use to investigate companies. Click on Co. name for home page, address, phone and more.
  Business.com
An excellent search engine oriented primarily toward business searches. It's free, identifies lots of people, and covers a wide range of other business-oriented topics. Powered by Google. Use it for general research.
  ZabaSearch
Performs impressively on some people, not on others. For some, gives only phone and refers you to paid service for address. On others provides both phone and address free. (Note: Knowing phone, you can get address free from another site.)
  WhoWhere (Lycos)
WhoWhere is the people-lookup of the long-established Lycos Search engine. Inconsistent. Gives info free on some people and directs you to a paid service to reveal info on others who are equally or more prominent.
  Social Security Death Index
We certainly hope your person hasn't passed. But that possibility exists. This site will inform you of the fact.
  Birth Date Database
Interesting site that claims 120 million names and birthdates gathered from public records. NOTE: Spotty performance. Gives city but not address or phone info.
 
 DEEP DIGGERS  These sites search in MORE THAN THE USUAL PLACES, including blogs, social networking/specialty sites ... even some chat rooms. If these (and the preceeding) sites fail, please review the "SEARCH INDEX with Supplements" shown below.
  pipl
pipl claims to search the "deep web" ... entering databases of personal profiles, membership lists, public records, scientific data and document libraries, blogs etc. that robots crawling the "surface web" for Google, Yahoo and the others do not reach. Performance is very impressive.
  Spock
This membership site searches for anyone, even nonmembers. You get slight info on nonmembers -- probably just a city -- but you can post comments about the person, as others can also. For people who like to talk about themselves, celebs, friends and enemies. A teen toy, but it does do nationwide searches.
  Wink
Wink finds people in social networks including MySpace, LinkedIn, Friendster, Bebo, and many others. Very impressive coverage of a fast-growing universe.
  Google Blog Search
The #1 traditional search engine provides a separate facility that searches blogs. Don't overlook this important resource.
 



SEARCH INDEX Enhanced with Supplements(alphabetical by category)

Following is an expanded index of "Scan for People" sites. It includes the Primary Sites (above) plus many Supplementary Sites. On the Supplementary Sites, your search criteria (person's name etc.) are not automatically inserted. Links take you to their main page. Compared with Primary sites, Supplementary Sites are redundant or more specialized and/or diversified, or they charge for information that is readily available FREE in some of the Primary Sites.

PLEASE HELP US SERVE YOU BETTER. Click here to send us the address of any site you feel we should add. We will check it out and put it on either the Primary or the Supplementary List.