How to Find out Where Someone Lives?
The average American is frequently on the move. We relocate for jobs, better homes, health reasons, and family reasons nearly 12 times in our lives, with about 10 percent of the population moving each year. This means it’s easy to lose track of childhood friends, coworkers, and former neighbors.
When you need to find someone, it can be challenging to decide where to begin. A simple search engine query may be helpful but the results can turn into even more work if the person you’re looking for has a common name or moves more than the average person. Search engine results may not show how recently an address was valid, which can make it impossible to know where to begin.
A more reliable search engine like RecordsFinder.com returns many different types of information and is updated more frequently from millions of pages of public records, including the person’s age, occupation, schools attended, and names of siblings and children, allowing you to narrow the results quickly. From there you may be able to confirm one of several addresses provided.
How to Find an Address with Public Records
Taxes, telephones, and residents lists are all public records, and public records can help find where someone lives. If a relative’s obituary comes up in a search, see if it reveals where each of the living descendants resides.
City Hall is a first stop for most public records, and many of those are online as well. Consider these sources, commonly found at the town or city clerk’s office:
- property records (not always searchable by name);
- tax records including vehicle excise receipts are sent to all residents;
- voter registration records (some states allow residents to opt out, or limit the amount of information available);
- birth records (official copies are only released to family members but some information may be excerpted by request), and
- resident lists that are used for census purposes.
The local public library is often a repository of information. You may inquire here about local phone directories that list all residents and their addresses. These are public records. Phone books are also cataloged at the Library of Congress and searchable online.
The county court clerk’s office may also be of assistance, once you’ve narrowed your search to a specific region. Inquire here about marriage licenses, deeds to property, and court records that could contain the address of the person you’re searching for.
Searching Through the Mail
If you have the person’s past mailing address, you may send a Certified Letter to them at their former address. By including a Return Receipt, you receive a notice of the address where the letter was accepted. If the individual’s mail is not forwarded the certified letter will be returned to you.
Similarly, you may contact the individual’s past landlord and inquire about a forwarding address. This may be done by researching the property records for the person’s most recent address and contacting or writing to the owner of the parcel where the person last resided.
How to Find Someone's Address With Social Media
Depending how much information you have about the individual whose address you seek, social media can be a good way to find important pieces of the puzzle. Interest and participation in the different platforms can come and go, but many can be searched by email address, if that’s on hand, or a search narrowed by querying the person’s name, then reviewing all of the results to eliminate false matches.
The largest social media platform, Facebook, which claims nearly two billion users, is the most likely place to find an individual. Oftentimes older accounts will include the individual’s home address, or, once you find the individual’s account you may make a friend request and send them a message. Friends you discover in common may also provide the information you seek.
LinkedIn or another business-oriented social media platform can make your search easier if you know the person’s employer. The employer’s mailing address may be substituted for the individual’s address in a pinch, or calling the person’s employer with a request for their home address may be successful. If you find the person’s profile on LinkedIn you may simply send a private message to them that way.
Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and other social media platforms usually allow searching by email address or name. Searching posts made from the account could uncover important clues to the location of their home, and once that has been narrowed you may follow up by searching or requesting public records in that region, through city hall or the court clerk’s office.
It’s legal to use social media and public records to find another person’s address but it is illegal to threaten them in any way. Most states have anti-stalking and harassment laws that prohibit an individual from showing up at another person’s home uninvited, trespassing on private property, or invading their right to privacy. Even sending harmless, nonthreatening letters may be perceived as stalking if the attention is unwanted and the recipient feels intimidated, worried, or scared by them. Some states have laws that limit “nonconsensual contact” so it’s best to limit your interest in the other person to one invitation to talk.