How to Find Someone by Name

Find Someone by NameIf you’re trying to reconnect with someone – an old school friend, a relative you’ve lost touch with, etc. – you may have little more to go on than their name. So before making things too complicated, use this tactic: find someone by name with USA Trace’s great tools.

Fortunately, while social security numbers and other personal information that is typically used by private investigators, law enforcement and lawyers when they’re trying to locate people, anyone can search for someone by just their name and get instant, up-to-the-minute results that rival a private investigator report – for a fraction of the cost.

The secret is public records, which record most legal transactions to do with housing, including leases and mortgages.  Additional records associated with credit – including even cell phone contracts – are also linked with virtually every adult in the US and include addresses.  On your own, you have little hope of tracking down these records, but online people search companies have compiled these public records from every courthouse and county across the United States into a powerful search database. The information is updated every day as new public records are added.

Find Someone By Name

The result is that – with little more than a name and perhaps a last known state of residence (even if it’s 20+ years old) – the people search databases can go to work matching names to all known public records, including current addresses and phone numbers.  Public records also include marriage/divorce records, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens and judgments (which may also help you determine if you want to get in touch). Your search is completely discrete – the person you’re searching for is not notified.

With your search by name, you receive free preview results that include known associates/relatives and past address information so you can be sure that you’ve found the person you’re looking for before you purchase your report.  Starting at $10 per report, it’s well worth the cost just for the time it will save you fruitlessly Googling or trying “free” people search sites that often end costing significantly more. You can even try a search below to find someone by name with free preview results:

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Find Someone by NameAs you’ll see, the results are instant and – in just seconds – you can have a full background report and everything you need to get in touch with the person you’re looking for.

The depth of information you’ll receive rivals what you’d get from a private investigator for just a fraction of the price; in fact, many private investigators use this exact type of service as one of their tools.  A name, $10 and a few clicks and you’re ready to go!

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