The task of trying to find a specific person can seem a lot like trying to find a needle in a haystack – and with over 300 million people living in the United States, that’s not far from the truth.
Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to find anyone in the US, provided they meet certain conditions.
Virtually all housing information – whether it’s a lease, mortgage, or outright home purchase, is a matter of public record. By tapping into these public records (more on this later), you can find many people quite easily.
However, many people may be in living situations where they are not named in a lease, mortgage or as a homeowner. Instead, they might be living with parents, relatives, friends, etc. whose names are on the public record. There are also situations where a house might be owned by a trust or other legal entity, which helps to shield the underlying owner from being identified (and found).
Despite some people’s best efforts though, it’s virtually impossible to live completely “off-the-grid” due to the public records associated with even of the most basic transactions thanks in large part to the US credit system. Almost every monthly bill you pay – electricity, phone, cable, etc. – becomes a part of your credit record. Part of that record includes the address where those bills are sent. Even if someone receives electronic billing and pays online, there’s still a mailing address associated with the account when it’s initially set up.
That means that – even if someone is not officially or legally associated with a specific address – if they use it for even a cell phone bill, it goes into the credit records.
Now, credit records are not accessible by everyone and – even if you had an authorized reason to search them – you’d have to have some very specific information about a person to access it (i.e. a social security number) as well as their express permission. This isn’t ideal – but there’s still hope!
The header of the credit records – which includes addresses and phone numbers – have been indexed by many people search companies. They combine this information with billions of available county/state public records to allow them to be able to create reports on just about everyone in the Unites States. The best part is that all you need to know to access this information is a name and last known state (though it sometimes helps to know a last known city and approximate age of the person you’re looking for). Even if your information is very old, a people search company can still narrow it down to pinpoint the person you’re looking for.
In addition to their specific address information, with a complete report, you’ll also receive information on their relatives and/or other associates, which can also help in your search. In addition, you’ll also receive all other available public record information, including marriage/divorce records, criminal records and more.
The searches take just seconds and – for around $10 – you can have your full report delivered instantly. You can try a free preview search below:
Through our partnership with PeopleFinders.com USA Trace delivers our Customers Industry-Leading data by combining over 43 Billion Verified Public Records giving you the most comprehensive Background, Criminal, People, Marriage and Divorce Checks available Online.
So, if you’re tired to wondering how to find someone, now you can actually start finding them!
1. How can I find someone’s current address?
2. How to do a Background Check (hint: it’s easy!)
3. What information will I get with a public records search?
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].