People Search Tips

There are many reasons to run a people search or to request public records data. You might want to:

  • Find old friends
  • Reconnect with relatives
  • Look someone up after losing their number
  • Check out the residents of a new neighborhood
  • Learn about someone's background
  • See if someone has a criminal past

There are many reasons why you may need to search for information. However, there are also things for which PeopleFinders information legally cannot be used. Read more about them here:

Simple Do's And Don'ts For Public Records Websites

What is a Public Record?

PeopleFinders makes it easy to find anyone, anywhere and get reliable data about individuals, properties or businesses. To help even more, here are few tips on how to find people, learn more about them, and get the facts you need to make informed decisions:

People Search Tips

  1. Sometimes it's difficult to find people, so be sure to enter all the information you have available in your people search. Start with a first and last name, and include a city/state where they once lived. If you don't see the right person in your results, add even more details like a middle initial or age. For more tips, check out our article, How To Find People.
  2. Can't find someone using their first and last name? Try searching for them using their old phone number or address.
  3. Still can't find someone? Look up one of their relatives or close friends and ask them for help.
  4. Did you know you can search for people using their nickname or alias? If public records exist for those names, we'll have them.
  5. Looking for someone who has a common name? Try narrowing things down by searching in a city where the person once lived. We have public records from the last 40+ years, so we can help you find people even if you only have their name and an old address.
  6. Trying to find someone, but not sure how to spell their last name? Use variations of the name along with any other relevant data. With a little patience, you can almost always find the right person.
  7. Hoping to find people who might be your (or someone else's) relatives? Run a people search by last name to get a list of individuals who share the surname. (If you have a first name, too, great. However, that is not necessary to begin your search.) Get more focused results by including a city and state.
  8. Searching for a woman, but don't know her married name? Run a people search using her maiden name and order a report to see how to find her today.
  9. If you still can't find a person, try again later. New public records are created every day. When they're available, we'll have them for you.
  10. Need more help? Contact the people search experts on our customer care team today.

Reverse Phone Number Lookup Tips

  1. Don't know who called? Eager to find out? Read our article: See Who Called With A Reverse Phone Lookup.
  2. A reverse phone lookup not only helps you identify the owner of an unknown number, it can also help you find people from your past. Our reverse phone search also returns previous owners as well as current owners.
  3. Wondering how to do a cell phone number lookup? Our reverse phone search provides information about any cell phone or landline numbers, even unlisted ones.

Address Lookup Tips

  1. Interested in knowing more about a potential real estate investment? Put in a property’s complete street address, city and state to find out details including past and present owners, value, size and more.
  2. Did someone you know move away long ago? Don't worry, you can find them again with an address lookup on This site provides direct access to public records data from the last 40+ years. Enter someone’s old address to get information about their most recent residence.

More Tips & Articles

  1. What are public records, and where do they come from? Find out with our article, How to Get Public Records Data.
  2. Tracing your family tree? See how PeopleFinders can help: Learn About Your Ancestry with A People Search.
  3. Need to know about a local or national business? Learn about any company with a business search today.
  4. Recycle at PeopleFinders – even old contact information, like phone numbers and addresses, can be used to find people today.