Free people search

You can find most people on your own. We want to help you.

50% of the time, you can find people on your own.

Find people online

Every year we perform thousands of successful locate cases. One of the first questions we ask clients is what they have done thus far to search on their own. Most people have tried a simple Google or Facebook search, but it rarely goes far beyond that.

Why do we ask this? Because the truth is you can find 50% of people on your own.

When looking for a friend, family member or classmate, you have about a 50% chance of finding them on your own. You need time, patience and the knowledge of where to conduct research. That is what this section is all about.

On this page we list a few of the best online resources to use when trying to find people on your own. Most are free, but some charge a nominal fee.

If you have a challenging case or can't find the person on your own, 888-US-UNITE offers a 100% money-back guarantee on our locate services. If we can't find them, they won't be found.

Before you begin

Before you begin your search, make sure you have accurate expectations, respect for the person you are trying to locate, and that you have done your homework to find some basic information to aid your search.

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free people search


Not all information is online.

In an age where information about almost anything we want to know is instantly available to us online, it's easy to think that all records are online or in a database - somewhere. This is simply not the case.

There is no single resource - online or elsewhere - that will provide you with all the records and information it might take to find someone.

Despite the fact that not all information is online, in most cases there is enough information online for you to accomplish your goal of finding someone.

The problem with online information is that it is not usually current. However, when you cross-reference your sources, you can begin to eliminate bad leads and find solid, current information.

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free people search


Respect the person you are looking for.

When you are trying to find someone, the last thing you want to do is be disrespectful or inconsiderate to the person you are looking for.

Ask yourself some brutally honest questions:

  • Would the person you are looking for actually want you to find them?
  • Would you have a positive or negative impact on the person's life if you reconnected?
  • Would your contact disrupt a happy marriage or family?
  • What are you going to say to the person if you find him/her? Will you come off like a stalker?

In general, we advise to always err on the side of caution, consideration, respect, and plain common sense. If there is any doubt in your mind, get a number of outside opinions from the people in your life whom you respect: family, friends, therapists, or clergy.

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free people search

Get started

Collect basic information.

Before trying to find the person, start by collecting as much vital information about the individual you are looking to find.

The most popular basic information includes:

  • The person's full name
  • Birth date and birth place
  • Social security number
  • Known residences and addresses
  • School attendance information
  • Maiden name (if female)
  • Names of parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren

If the person has a common name, you will need as much additional information as possible to narrow down your search.

Finding People Online

The sites below provide a mix of free and low-cost results.


Address & phone results:


Zabasearch allows you to search by name, state and phone number. Results reveal phone numbers and addresses. The site requires no registration. Other results link to low-cost paid services.

Go to Zabasearch


Grouped results:


123people allows you to search by name and provides results that are cleanly grouped into distinct areas: phone numbers, photos, email addresses, blogs, social media, news items, web links, and more. Some are free, others are not.

Got to 123people


Aggregated paid searches:


Pipl allows you to search by name and city. Results consist of aggregate data from public and commercial databases, as well as social media sites. Results usually consist of links to low-cost paid services. There is very little "free" information.

Go to


Employment history:


Zoominfo is an aggregate of employment and company info that pulls from multiple sources. You can search by name or company.

Go to Zoominfo


The big social networks:


There are now 2 major social networks that matter. Most people ages 40-65 have a Facebook profile. Most under 40 have an Instagram profile. Most of the time, profiles are (still) publicly visible.

Go to Instagram


Secondary sites:

Other social media

Beyond Facebook, try other popular social media sites like Twitter, Linkedin and MySpace. Also refer to this list of social networking websites.

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Do not overlook the obvious: Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

There are relatively few search engines that people actually use. The top 3 are Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Plugging the name into these search engines may be helpful - especially if the person has a unique name. However, when the person has a relatively common name, you're going to be inundated with results that must be narrowed down. To eliminate irrelevant results, you can make use of the advanced search tools each of these search engines offer.

About the low cost paid search sites

Many of these sites provide partial or outdated information, and there is no expert review or quality assurance with your results.

This may be fine if it works to find the person you are looking for, but you usually get what you pay for.

When to hire a professional

Of the people that can't be found:

  • 49% of the time, you will not be able to find your subject. You will need a professional private investigator to find them for you. These are usually specific types of cases such as teen runaways and missing persons.
  • 1% of people simply cannot be found - because they are not in mainstream America.

Why we encourage you to do your own search:

As the commercial side of 888-US-UNITE is a paid people search service, you may ask why we are so forthright to encourage you to do your own searching and reveal the common resources for you to find people on your own.

The answers is simple: We don't want to take your money if you can find the person easily.

Contact 888-US-UNITE if:

  • Despite your best efforts, you can't seem to find the person on your own.
  • You don't have time to do a search yourself.
  • You want a professional search performed and reviewed by former Federal agents.
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find people

If we can't find them, they won't be found.

Most services use 1 or 2 data sources. We access hundreds of databases at one time.

  • All 50 states.
  • All counties.
  • All cities.

If we can't find them, they won't be found.

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people search guarantee

Our service is guaranteed.

We proudly offer a no risk, full money-back guarantee.

If we can't find your missing person, and you find them on another commercially available locate service, we will give you your money back 100%.

(Evidence of find on other service is required.)

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records search

We can search almost all types of records.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Civil records.
  • Criminal records.
  • LLC/FBN records.
  • Real estate records.
  • Professional records.
  • 20-year address history.
  • And many more.

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locate people review

Search by Former Federal Agents.

Your search is performed and reviewed by our network of Former Supervisory Federal Agents of the FBI, IRS, DEA, and Secret Service.

Their experience eliminates time-consuming false leads and helps ensure the quality of your locate case.

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