There are times when a simple address finder would come in very useful. Maybe you have lost touch with a family member or a military buddy, or school friend. Perhaps you need to find someone’s address for business/legal purposes – such as debt collection. Whatever the situation, an address finder is a highly sought after tool.
The US Census Bureau estimates that people move more than 11 times in their life – with most of those moves happening in adulthood. While in years past, the local white pages would have been your go-to address finder (just look up a name and find a street address) not everyone is in the white pages and the information is quickly outdated. Plus, if someone moves somewhere that isn’t local, those print publications still aren’t going to be much use to you.
A general search engine – such as Google – would be the obvious more comprehensive address finder. By entering a name and last known city and state, you may get some results that will lead you in the right direction. The limitation with this, however, is that Google (or Bing, Yahoo, etc.) often won’t make the deductive links you’d like it to. For example, if you ran a search for “John Doe Albany, New York” Google may very well find a listing for your John Doe with an address in Albany, New York, but if you’re looking to find a current address, you might not be given that information (nor are you likely to be given any suggestions for other addresses to explore).
That said, in the course of your online searches you’re likely to come across another type of website – the premium address search. These sites specialize in finding people and can connect the dots between even long outdated address information and a current address (as well as a current phone number, relatives/associates, and other public records details).
Where many other address listing sites simply “scrape” other easily accessible websites for information – sites which may not be accurate or up-to-date – these people finder companies have done the arduous work of compiling all available public information from even offline sources all across the United States as well as address information gleaned from credit agencies and linked it all together. These databases are updated daily and the result is a current, thorough, highly accurate and instantly searchable address finder that you’re not going to get with a simple Google search.
If there’s a problem with these specialized address finders it’s that they’re not free. They’ll provide some information for free – such as a full name, approximate age, past cities/states, relatives/known associates, etc. – so that you can be sure you’ve found the right person, but not an exact address information. You can check out the kind of free preview information that’s available below using a name and last known city/state:
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On the plus side, unlimited search options are available, so if you need to find the address for multiple people (or if there are multiple similar listings and you accidentally choose the wrong one), you can use it as many times as you need to greatly offset the cost. Plus, with a money-back guarantee, you can feel confident that you’re going to get the address information you need.
So, while you may have to pay a few dollars for a proper address finder, they’re out there and very reliable when you simply have to have an address.
Ron is the lead writer for USATrace.com. Ron has over 40 years of experience both as a private investigator and attorney. He brings excellent value to the site with his insite on public records and the changing demographics of people search on the internet. You can contact Ron via [email protected]