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Locating people, organizations, places

Search for places combined with search for people / organizations / associations / interest groups

• People or organizations/groups, along
  with options for maps (by location,
  postal codes, phone area codes)

• Reverse lookups on some of these

Combines various of the below.

Find individual people combined with search for organizations / associations / interest groups

• Phone numbers: current, old, cell
  phones, unlisted
• Email addresses: current, old
• Street addresses: current, old

• Discussion groups
• Alumni: classmates, colleagues
• Genealogy or family groups
• Reverse lookups on some of the
  above

Search for just organizations / associations

• Phone numbers (“White pages”)
• People names and positions
• Email addresses
• Street addresses
• Types of services or products (“Yellow
  pages” organization)

• Government representatives
• Electoral campaign contributors
• Standard Industry Code look-up,
  by type of industry
• Toll-free phone numbers
• Reverse lookups on some of the
  above

Search for just individual people

• Names: current, previous: e.g.,
  maiden name
• Phone numbers: current, old, cell
  phones, unlisted
• Email addresses: current, old
• Street addresses: current, old
• Personal websites
• Photo or physical characteristics
• Celebrities & people in the news
• Country of residence or origin
• Native language
• Type of work

• Interests
• Usage of computer programs
• Online Internet activity
• Internet Service Provider location
• People investigating other people
• Hometowns
Records (public, background, other):
  Census; Birth & Death Certificates;
  Criminal and civil offences; Vehicles;
  Financial & Credit; Employment;
  Adoption; Patents or copyrights;
  Citations (literary works)
• Reverse lookups on some of the
  above

Search for just places: geographical maps for any purpose, including travel, phoning, mailing, driving directions, buying real estate, etc.

Maps: topological, street, satellite,
  tourist, ecological, etc.
• Location coordinates
• Driving directions

• University campuses
• Country or area phone dialing codes
• Postal codes
• Reverse lookups on some of the
  above

 


Search for places combined with search for people/organizations/associations/interest groups


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Argali Provides Internet search software for your computer; searches white and yellow pages, maps, etc. www.argali.com
Freeality.com All-in-one search tool: Finds people, companies, organizations, groups, places

www.freeality.com

Langenberg.com All-in-one search tool: Finds people, companies, organizations, groups, places

www.langenberg
.com

Ultimate White Pages All-in-one search tool: Searches white and yellow pages, maps, etc.

www.theultimates
.com/white


Individual directories & other search tools

Directories of search tools
MelissaData.com Provides lookup directories of many kinds

www.melissa
data.com/Lookups

Individual search tools
192.com Finds people and businesses, as well as maps, in the UK

www.192.com

1st-at-GPS-Tracking Finds people or vehicles using GPS tracking software

www.1st-at-gps-tracking.com/
107-people-locator.html

411 Information Searches for people and businesses in the white and yellow pages, as well as maps

www.411.info

AskJeeves Local Search Provides business search, maps, and driving directions

local.ask.com/local

DexOnline Finds organizations or people, and gives maps or driving directions

www.dexonline.com

Directory Assistance Plus  

www.daplus.us

Google Local Provides business search, maps, and driving directions

local.google.com

Google Mobile Searches for businesses by location - U.S. and Canada, using mobile devices

mobile.google.
com/local

InfoSpace Provides a database of businesses, mapped, with directions to get from one to the next

www.infospace.com

Lycos Yellow Pages Provides yellow pages and various other kinds of search, including look-ups using maps

yellowpages.super
pages.com/yp
.basic.jsp?STYPE=S&
SRC=lycos14

MSN Local Search Provides business search, maps, and driving directions

search.msn.com
/local

Netscape White Pages Locates people by first name, last name, city, and state

wp.netscape.com
/netcenter/white
pages.html

SBC SmartPages Searches for people and businesses in the white and yellow pages, as well as maps

www.smartpages
.com

Switchboard Provides people and business search, as well as maps and driving directions

www.switchboard
.com

Verizon SuperPages Provides yellow pages search, as well as maps

www.superpages.com

World Pages Searches for people and businesses, and provides maps

www.worldpages.com

Yahoo Local Searches for people and businesses, and provides maps

local.yahoo.com

Yellow Canada Provides yellow pages search and driving directions

www.yellow.ca

YP Does people, business, and map search

www.yp.com


Find individual people combined with search for organizations/associations/interest groups


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic E-mail Addresses: on specialized sites
Business Directories: Search for enterprises (location, phone, website address, direction, etc.) on business directories sites: Search Tool Guide: Business, investment, jobs
Business Directories - France: Search for enterprises (location, phone, website address, direction, etc.) on business directories sites in France: Search Tool Guide: Business, investment, jobs
E-People Locator All-in-One search: Accesses various search tools for locating people

www.epeoplelocator.
com/noaapeople
locator

Kale Investigation Agency Worldwide Provides meta search and directory of other search tools www.kaleinvestigation.
com/address.html
Profusion Business; Education

Link no longer
active, but you
can still consider
the listed search tools.

Wayp.com All-in-One search: Has international directory of online phonebooks

www.wayp.com

White Pages Global All-in-One search: Has an international directory of online phonebooks

www.whitepages
global.com


Individual directories & other search tools

Search tool directories
Big Search Engine Index
Provides a search tool guide, with a "people" search branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/
People_Search

Fav411 Provides a directory of search tools for locating people

www.fav411.com

O'Keefe Library Maintains a directory of search tools to find people and organizations

library.sau.edu
/bestinfo/Online
/find.htm

Pandia People Search Provides a directory of various kinds of look-up sources

www.pandia.com/people

Yahoo Provides a guide to resources for searching phone numbers and addresses

dir.yahoo.com/
Reference/Phone_
Numbers_and
_Addresses

Search for people/organizations in general
411.com Finds people, business listings, phone numbers, addresses, area codes, ZIP codes and postal codes

www.411.com

Addresses Finds people and businesses

www.addresses.com

AnyWho Finds people and businesses

www.anywho.com

BigFoot Finds people and businesses

www.bigfoot.com

InfoBel World Listings Has various phone and other lookup options that vary by country

www.infobel.com
/World

IAF Does people and business (Yellow Pages) search

www.iaf.net

Lycos Does people and business search

www.whowhere.com
or www.whowhere.
lycos.com

Google Groups Provides discussion groups on various topics

groups.google.com

Google University Search Performs university search

www.google.com
/options/universities
.html

Phone Number Finds people, business, and address codes

www.phonenumber
.com

Search Systems Provides a resource of search tools for business information, corporate filings, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, vital records, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, and much more

www.search
systems.net

The Globe and Mail Finds businesses or people in Canada

www.theglobeand
mail.com/
yellowpages

WhitePages Does phone number lookup: by name, area code, address, etc.

www.whitepages.com or www.whitepages.ca for Canada

Yellow Pages Canada Finds businesses or people in Canada

www.yellowpages
.ca/search
Business.do

ZoomInfo Provides summarized search results profiling individual people networking

www.zoominfo.com

Search for former colleagues or classmates
Alumini.net “Find classmates online with this alumni e-mail registry, bulletin board, reunion planner, and people finder for colleges, universities and high schools all over the world”

www.alumni.net

Classmates.com Finds old classmates

www.classmates.com

Graduates.com Finds old classmates

www.graduates.com
/default.asp?r=a1

ViMart Find your old friends in the UK military organizations

www.vimart.co.uk

Search ancestry or genealogy
Ancestry.com Does ancestry/genealogy search

www.ancestry.com

Family Search Does ancestry/genealogy search

www.familysearch.org

Find A Grave Finds graves of regular people and of celebrities

www.findagrave.com

Also refer to:


Search for just organizations/associations


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic
Business Directories: Search for enterprises (location, phone, website address, direction, etc.) on business directories sites: Search Tool Guide: Business, investment, jobs
Business Directories - France: Search for enterprises (location, phone, website address, direction, etc.) on business directories sites in France: Search Tool Guide: Business, investment, jobs
Profusion Business; Education

Link no longer
active, but you
can still consider
the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

AME Info Provides yellow pages for the Middle East

www.ameinfo.com

ContractorGuide Finds contractors, suppliers and manufacturers

www.contractorguide
.com

EuroPage Provides yellow pages for European countries

www.europages.com

Disability resources on the Net  

www.disability
resources.org

FCIC National Contact Center Provides U.S. Federal government phone books for members of Congress, blue pages, Cabinet Agencies, etc.

www.pueblo.gsa
.gov/call/
phone.htm

FirstGov Indexes same phonebooks as U.S. Federal government FCIC Contact Center, with additional links to U.S. contacts organized by agency and topic

www.firstgov.com

Idealist Maintains a non-profit organizations directory

www.disability
resources.org

Martindale Locates American lawyers

www.martindale.com
/xp/Martindale/Lawyer
_Locator/Search_
Lawyer_Locator
/lawyer_search.xml

Search Systems Provides resources for finding business information, corporate filings, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, vital records, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, and much more

www.search
systems.net

The Non-Profit Organization File (FAQ) Provides links to sites of interest to non-profits

www.nonprofit
-info.org

ThomasNet Finds businesses by type of industrial product or service

www.thomasnet.com

Directories of associations
American Dental Association Locates dentists

www.ada.org

Business.com Has index of specialized business associations within industry sector

www.business.com

Gateway to Associations Has gateway to over 6,500 American associations

info.asaenet.org
/gateway/Online
AssocSlist.html

IPL Association Directory Contains Internet Public Library's hierarchical directory of associations

www.ipl.org/
div/aon

Scholarly Societies Project Has multi-national directory of scholarly associations

www.lib.uwaterloo
.ca/society

The Virtual Community of Associations Has searchable database of associations

www.vcanet.org

Search for toll-free phone numbers
Canada TollFree Searches for toll-free numbers by company

www.canadatoll
free.ca/Search

Inter800 Searches for toll-free numbers by company, product, service, or toll-free number itself

www.inter800.com

InternetTollFree Searches for toll-free numbers by company, product, service, or other descriptor

www.internet
tollfree.com

Also refer to: Search Tool Guide: Business, investment, jobs > Business and investment decisions.


Search for just individual people


Individual directories & other search tools

General people search
Cell Phone Numbers Provides reverse cell phone number lookup

www.cell-phone-numbers.com

FindMeMail Finds people using their old email addresses

www.findmemail.
com/search.htm

ICQ Finds people by criteria such as location, occupation, past background, organization

www.icq.com/
whitepages/
search.php

InfoBel Finds people across the world

www.infobel.com
/teldir

InfoUSA Gets people information for sales leads

www.infousa.com

Lebanese White Pages Provides Lebanon's people directory

www.leb.org

MSN Members Directory Finds participants in MSN chat and other groups

members.msn
.com

Who’s Who Online Searches for people in the “Who’s Who” database, using one of seven fields

www.whoswho-online.com/
search.html

World Email Finds emails of persons using this service

www.worldemail.
com/freemail.
htm

Yahoo People Search Helps you look up email addresses, find phone numbers, and view other contact information

people.yahoo
.com

Yahoo Members Directory Finds people with Yahoo accounts

members.yahoo
.com

Also refer to: Search Tool Guide: Country, language, audience, Internet application > Discussion board applications.
Search for public persons (celebrities/ persons in news/ government representatives/ offender/ etc.)
CelebWho  

www.celebhoo.com

Google Zeitgeist Provides an index of the top Google searches for celebrities and people in the news

www.google.com
/press/zeitgeist
.html

House.gov Finds your local American House of Representatives representative

www.house.gov
/writerep

Lycos 50 Provides an index of the top recent searches or news for celebrities and people in the news

50.lycos.com

National Alert Finds “predators in your neighborhood”

www.offender
report.com

People Magazine Provides a weekly source for celebrity and entertainment news; subscription required

people.aol.
com/people

Yahoo Buzz Index Provides an index of the top Yahoo searches for celebrities and people in the news

buzz.yahoo.com

Special, "detective agency" search for individual people, usually involving access to public records (mainly for use in the U.S.)
Abika Finds people by criteria such as psychological profile, maiden name, phone numbers, license plate, criminal records, tax records, DNA profiling, and many more; uses public records

www.abika.com

Around Provides a UK people locator

www.around.
co.uk

CompuTrace Finds missing friends or family living in the United States; uses public records

www.amerifind.com

CyberDetective Finds people using public records

www.cavnar-investigations
.com
/index2.html

ePeopleSearch Finds people using public records

www.epeople
search.net

Findthem.lk Finds information about tsunami-affected people in Sri Lanka; maintained by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa

www.findthem.lk

Intelius Finds public records for people living in the U.S.; uses public records

find.intelius.
com/search-name.php?ReportType=1&

Locate People Does people search, including background and criminal checks, telephone and asset searches; uses public records

www.locate
people.com

MyFamily Searches for friends, lost loves, classmates and adoptions; uses public records

reunite.myfamily.com

National Locator Services Finds people using public records

now-available.
com
/address-people-locator.html

National Obituary Archive Finds obituaries; uses public records

www.arrange
online.com

Net Detective Provides a private investigation and people locator service; uses public records

www.iinfosearch.
com/services/
people_locator_
search.htm

NetDetective Provides software for people investigation; uses public records

www.affiliate
success.net/cgi-bin/clickthru.cgi?pid=ND&sid
=freeality

Net-Vestigator Provides software for people investigation; uses public records

www.net-vestigator.com

PeopleFinder Provides a private investigation and people locator service; uses public records

www.people-finder.com

People Search Provides software for people investigation; uses public records

peoplesearch.net

People Search Provides a private investigation and people locator service; uses public records

www.people
search.smart
hosting.com

Search Systems Provides a resource of search tools for business information, corporate filings, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, vital records, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, and much more; uses public records

www.searchs
ystems.net

US Search Provides a private investigation and people locator service; uses public records

www.ussearch.com
/consumer/
index.jsp?isnew=true&
fc=orange&TID=

W3Data Provides software to “help you find sales prospects, streamline operations, and improve the accuracy of customer information”

www.w3data.com

Web Detective Provides a private investigation and people locator service; uses public records

www.web-detective.com

Web Detective Searches “Public records for every state and county - source for your FBI files and credit reports - criminal and driving records - background checks - skip tracing - court records birth, marriage and divorce records - adoption records and complete family history detective and much, much more!”

net2find.com


Search for
just places: geographical maps for any purpose, including travel, phoning, mailing, driving directions, buying real estate, etc.


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Freeality.com Provides U.S. and Canadian maps and driving directions www.freeality.com
/maps.htm

Langenberg.com - Maps, travel routes

Provides Maps, mainly U.S. maps.langenberg
.com
Provides travel routes travel.langenberg
.com
Profusion Maps

Link no longer
active, but you
can still consider
the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "Searching for a Sense of Place"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3581976

A9 Provides street maps and driving directions

maps.a9.com

Ancestry Maps Provides historical maps

www.ancestry.com
/search/rectype
/reference/maps

Big Search Engine Index Search tool guide, "city" search branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk
/City_Search

Canadian Atlas Online Provides maps and colorful presentations of Canada's geography, culture and people

www.canadian
geographic.ca/
atlas

Cornell Digital Earth Provides interactive maps displaying geological, geographical, and geophysical data atlas.geo.cornell
.edu/webmap
Delorme Provides U.S. city maps software and database for your computer

www.delorme.com

GeaBios Provides mapping and imaging services

www.geabios.com

Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names Allows you to search for names, viewing the hierarchies of names either by political entities or physical features

www.getty.edu/research
/conducting_research
/vocabularies/tgn

Google Provides street maps and corresponding satellite images of locations in the U.S. and Canada

maps.google.com

Using the Google Earth desktop software on your computer, allows you to zoom in on satellite views

desktop.google.com
/download/earth

Map24 Provides Canadian maps and driving directions

www.ca.map24.com

MapQuest Provides U.S. and Canadian driving directions www.mapquest.com
Maptech MapServer Provides U.S. topographical, aerial and satellite, nautical maps mapserver.maptech.
com/homepage
/index.cfm
Maps.com Provides driving directions online and sells maps

www.maps.com

MultiMap Provides maps and driving directions across the world, especially in Europe

www.multimap.com

National Geographic Maps Provides both physical and political maps plasma.national
geographic.
com/mapmachine
Rand McNally Provides maps and driving directions

www.randmcnally.com

Sintef Offers a 3D globe viewer with elevations and satellite images

globe.sintef.no

TerraFly Allows you to virtually fly over the entire United States

terrafly.fiu.edu

TerraServer Provides satellite imagery and topographical maps of areas of the earth

terraserver.com

Connecting locations with postal or phone country/area codes or with jurisdictions
1ZipCodes Looks up U.S. zip codes

www.1zipcodes.com

Americom Area Code Decoder Provides you with current information related to area codes, city codes, and country codes

decoder.ameri
com.com

AllPlaces Searches by U.S. zip code

www.allplaces.us

CitySearch Provides area code decoder links to American cities and others around the world

www.citysearch.com

DigitalCity Searches by U.S. zip code

www.digitalcity.com

FoneFinder Finds area and country codes for phoning

www.primeris.com

MMIWorld Provides a telephone area code finder

 www.mmiworld
.com/telephone
.htm

NANPA/NeuStar Provides detailed information on telephone area codes

www.nanpa.com
/nas/public/npa_
query_step1.do?method=reset
NpaReportModel

TIGER Map Service Provides maps from U.S. Census Bureau tiger.census.gov/
cgi-bin/mapbrowse-tbl
USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) Allows you to download maps as TIFF files

seamless.usgs.gov

U.S. Gazetteer Provides detailed street maps of U.S. cities, by name or zip code

www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer

Maps used in buying real estate
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "Terrific Real Estate Search Tools"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3579191

Funda.nl Provides real estate listings along with maps of Dutch properties

www.funda.nl

HousingMaps Provides real estate listings along with aerial and satellite imagery

www.housingmaps.com

OnOneMap Provides real estate listings along with aerial and satellite imagery

ononemap.com

Property Analyst Provides real estate listings along with aerial and satellite imagery

www.globexplorer.com/
products/imageatlas-property-analyst.shtml

Yahoo Real Estate Provides real estate search using maps

realestate.yahoo.com/mpoi
/maps_result.php?prop_type
=rentals&csz=60611&fullnodeid
=750007105&cl_price
=&ch_price=&cl_bth=&cl_bds=

Also see:


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