How to Find People Using Tools on the Internet

Trying to track down someone you’ve lost contact with is a lot easier to do in the Web 2.0 age.  With just a name, or an address, we can find out a lot of information about a person just by logging onto our computers.  While all of the below tools can be useful in your search, you’ll want to practice patience and be open to using more than one.  While some people can be found quickly via Facebook and other social networking sites, others are much harder to find.  Let’s take a look at some of the best tools.


Facebook is most people’s first point of call when it comes to tracking someone down.  The site is home to millions of members located all across the world, and all you need to know is a person’s name to begin your search; although a location can help to narrow this down further.  You will need to have your own Facebook account in order to access their search options; however, this can be set up within minutes.  It’s good to note, though, that not everyone on the platform uses their real name, and a lot of the younger generation are choosing not to sign up to the site at all.


Intelius is a tool that provides instant information about an address.  So, if you had an old childhood friend and you remember their address, you can search for it on the Intelius website and find the contact information of the people who live there now.  It’s possible to obtain phone lookup by address on the website, and also find out the history of an address including the owners, and the current and previous residents.  While it may not help you if your friend has moved, it may just provide the information you are looking for if they haven’t.

Zaba Search

Zaba Search is a free search engine that you can use to find the details of specific people.  You can uncover a lot of information about a person, and the search engine regularly updates its records based on any information that’s publicly available.  It’s good to note, though, that people can ask for their information to be removed by the engine if they’re uncomfortable with their personal details being so accessible so you may not be able to find the information you require using this tool if the person you are searching for has done this.

Family Tree Now

Finally, for people you are trying to track down from a long time ago, Family Tree Now can be a good website to consider.  This site enables you to find everything from phone records to birth dates all through its free search engine.  You don’t need to register an account or sign in to perform any of these searches.  It’s especially popular with those performing genealogy research, but can also be a useful tool for other reasons as well.

Can you think of any more useful tools?  Let us know in the comments.

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