It’s no surprise that people’s search engines have become so popular. After all, we all have moments when we need to find someone we’ve lost touch with or perhaps conduct a background check on someone before starting a new relationship. With so many people search engines available, it can be hard to know which one is the best for your needs. Here are seven of the most popular people search engines, along with a brief description of what each one offers.
Spokeo is one of the most used people search engines on the Web, with an Alexa U.S. traffic rank of 63 as of December 2014. This site allows users to search for others by name, location, and email address, but it also includes years of experience in data aggregation and reportedly has access to billions of records across dozens of industries, including consumer behavior information based on social media profiles. You can sign up for a free account or pay per search if you want access to more than three public records; however, the website warns that some results may be delayed if you opt-out of sharing your own contact information.
Unmask.com is a people search service that boasts that it has more than 1 billion records in its database, including information on a wide variety of people groups – from doctors and dentists to DJs and dancers. This site claims to use some of the “most accurate public record data available,” as well as off-the-shelf databases from trusted providers. Unmask offers both free and paid search options; however, you have to sign up for a free account before you can conduct a search.
Zabasearch is another popular website that lets you locate people by name, city, state, and phone number. The site also allows searches based on age range, specific addresses, or even the year someone graduated from high school or college. You can sign up for a free account on Zabasearch, which lets you save five searches and receive daily emailed updates of new results on people matching your search criteria.
- USA People Search
USA People Search offers several different types of reports so you can find the information you need about an individual quickly. The website explains that its search engine is powered by more than 100 partners that constantly update their databases with fresh content. However, some data may be delayed if you’re not using Internet Explorer to access the site (this issue also occurs at some other sites). Like many others, this website offers both free and paid options; however, only premium members get unlimited access to all public records in its database, as well as the option to use the service on your mobile phone.
- Instant Checkmate
Instant Checkmate is a people search engine that lets you look up someone’s name, email address, current and past addresses, phone numbers, possible relatives, and online profiles – all for free. All the info comes from public records, so there are no guarantees about accuracy or results. However, the website says it has access to billions of records in its database, which are updated weekly by human researchers and automated crawlers. You can also purchase additional results for $19.95 per month if you’re conducting an ongoing background check on someone; however, non-members can still access some limited information at no charge via social media websites like Facebook.
BeenVerified is a free people search service that provides extensive details on anyone with a US mailing address, including current and past addresses, possible relatives, arrest records, and more. You can also use the site to find people based on their email accounts or social media profiles, among other options. Like most other free websites covered in this list, you have the option of signing up for a free account or paying per search if you want additional features. However, you can still conduct some limited searches without joining an account first, such as finding someone’s age or phone number.
MyLife is another popular website that lets users access billions of public records from across the Web – all in one place. The site says it gathers data from a variety of sources, including banks and credit bureaus, social media websites, and special databases that license consumer info to businesses. However, the company also states that its records are not always 100 percent accurate or up-to-date. You can sign up for a free account on MyLife, which requires you to register your name, email address, and physical address before you can start searching for people.
People search websites are very useful in helping you find someone when you don’t have their phone number or another identifier. These sites can be slightly less reliable than using a social media profile because there’s no way to tell how up-to-date the information is, so take everything with a grain of salt. Sites that allow paid searches generally offer much more accurate results but come at a cost, so it’s up to you to determine whether or not they’re worth the investment. The important thing is that people’s search engines provide you with several options for tracking down an individual, which makes them incredibly valuable tools if used properly.