If you’re looking for someone, you’ve undoubtedly discovered people finder companies – companies that specialize in finding a current address, phone number – even criminal records for just about anyone. The problem is that most people finder businesses charge a fee for this service. The question then becomes – is there people finder that lets you search for free?
To begin, it’s worth understanding why people finder companies charge for a background search while so many other types of information are available for free with a simple with a search engine (such as Google and Bing). Most of the information you’ll get in a background check (or even a simple people finder report) is taken from public records. As the name suggests, public records are official government records that are available to the public. These records include things like marriage/divorce filings, criminal records, judgments, liens, bankruptcies and more.
The problem is that though the information you’re interested in might technically be public, they’re rarely (if ever) available for free and usually require a trip to the courthouse. It also means that if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for (i.e. you’re trying to gather as much information about a person as possible), it would be pretty much impossible for you to know where to look. The service the people finder companies provide is to collect every available public record, combine it and sort it based on the name and location information, and aggregate that information into an easy-to-read report. Given all that, a comprehensive people finder is not going to be free (though at $10 for unlimited people finder reports, they’re still a pretty good deal).
However, it’s still possible to use a people finder for free as a springboard for help you in your people search. Most people finders offer free preview results to confirm to you that they have they information you’re looking for. With just a name (and, optionally, a last known City & State), you’ll receive an approximate age, a partial telephone number, places they’ve lived and some relatives/close associates. Try a free search below for an example:
Once you’ve pinpointed the person you’re trying to find, you can take some of this free preview information and plug it into a search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) to see what comes up. It’s possible that you can fill in some of the missing blanks to get a complete phone number and a recent street address.
So, while people finder companies don’t typically offer their services to free, the information they do give you for free might be enough to help you get what you’re looking for. And – if you can’t – at least you’ll have a relatively inexpensive people finder report lined up just one click away.