How Do I Find Someone’s Address? (Answered)

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If you are looking for ways to search for someone’s physical address online, this guide will walk you through the steps you will need to take to find their correct address.

Looking for quick answers? Check out our FAQs and the checklist provided at the end of this article. That said, we suggest reading this article thoroughly to familiarize yourself with what you must do to properly prepare for your investigation.

What Do I Need To Find Someone’s Address?

#1 Their Name

While this might sound blatantly obvious, there are variations of names that you should be aware of. These variations exist for many reasons. Some of these include regional differences, personal preferences, or clerical errors. The primary name you will want to find and eventually confirm when searching for someone’s address is their full government name. This is the name they will likely (but not always) use when renting or buying an apartment or home.

Below are some name variations to be conscious of as you perform your online search:

First name variation

You may be looking for a person named “Bob” but their government first name is actually “Robert”. Same for a person named “Will”. Their first name may well be “William”. As you perform your search, don’t forget to look up the proper/formal first name of the person you are trying to find.

Last name variation

Someone’s last name may be “Smith”, but their government last name could be “Smyth”, “Smithe”, “Smidt”, or “Schmidt”. Try different variations to increase your chances of success.

Middle name used as a first name

Many people who don’t like their first name may go by their middle name. For example, did you know that the actor Brad Pitt’s government name is William Bradley Pitt? Keep in mind that the first name you use to address someone may not be their official first name, which is important to remember during an online search.

While doing your search, you may stumble across an initial that hints at a person’s first name. “Mr. W. Bradley Pitt” indicates that his first name begins with “W”. If you are unsure what their first name could be, you can gather ideas by searching for common “W” male names via a baby name directory.

Middle name used as last name

Another variation to be aware of when searching for someone’s address is when an individual uses their middle name as their last name. This practice is not uncommon, particularly in certain cultures and regions. For example, someone may go by “Johnathan Smith” when their full legal name is “Johnathan David Smith.” In this case, their middle name “David” is effectively being used as their last name. This can make locating the correct legal identity and address more challenging, as public records and online profiles may list the person under their middle name rather than their actual last name.

When conducting your search, be sure to consider this possibility and try variations that include the middle name as the last name, in addition to searching for the individual’s true last name. Staying flexible and exploring all potential name combinations will increase your chances of successfully finding the person’s current address.

Junior (Jr.) and Senior (Sr.)

According to Collins Dictionary, “Jr. is a written abbreviation for Junior. It is used after a man’s name to distinguish him from an older member of his family, usually his father, with the same name”. The older member of the family who is usually his father is referred to as “Sr.”. Knowing this will help you find the person you are directly looking for or their father/son.

Miss, Ms., Mrs.

If you are performing an online search for a woman, pay attention to these titles as they indicate marital status. Like Jr.’s and Sr.’s, some daughters may share the same name as their mother. For example, “Miss Victoria Smith” is likely to be the daughter of “Mrs. Victoria Smith”. It’s important to note these titles if you are trying to decipher the difference between a mother and daughter, or are trying to determine if a woman is married or not.

Maiden, Married, and Divorced Names

Today, women might use their maiden, married, or divorced names. Being aware of these possibilities can aid you in your search.

Regnal Names

The number written at the end of a male name is called a Regnal number. For instance, “John Cooper I”, “John Cooper II”, and “John Copper III”, would be the Grandfather, Father, and Son respectively. Again, this is important to note if you are looking for a younger or older male from a certain family.

#2 Their Phone Number

A phone number is a unique identifier that is often linked directly to an individual and can be used to confirm their identity. Since people tend to use the same phone number across various online platforms and on official or semi-official records, you can utilize this consistency to locate their present address.

Knowing someone’s phone number is also particularly useful in cases where the person might have a common name as it helps you filter out other individuals with the same or similar names. 

While searching for a person’s address, you may stumble across a list of phone numbers. To narrow your results, here are some techniques you can utilize to figure out which phone number belongs to them:

  1. Area Code – If you have a general idea as to where your target is located, pay attention to the area codes that show up. To view a list of U.S.-based area codes, click here.
  2. Cross-Reference – Use multiple sources to cross-reference phone numbers. If a phone number pops up in several places linked to the same person, it’s more likely to be accurate. Remember, consistency is your friend!

5 Different Ways To Find Someone’s Address

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1) Reaching Out to Mutual Friends and Family

Depending on the circumstances behind why you may be looking for someone’s address, one option that is available to you is directly contacting their friends or family and inquiring as to where they currently live. 

Given that this option requires direct interaction, it could pose a risk if you aim to keep a low profile while searching for someone’s address

Direct contact may result in positive, neutral, negative, or VERY negative outcomes. It’s important to weigh the risks involved and prepare yourself for what you will say and how you will respond.

Some individuals (mistakenly) think that they can call someone and use an alias to confirm another person’s identity. Calling friends or family, or your direct target while trying to portray yourself as someone else may constitute false impersonation. This can be considered a criminal offense in some jurisdictions. 

If you intend to make any direct contact, ensure you familiarize yourself beforehand with all relevant laws that might apply.

2) Leverage Social Media Platforms

One creative way to track down where a person may live is through social media. Social media users may directly (or indirectly) provide “clues” as to their whereabouts. Some of these “clues” may include:

  1. Photos and Videos – Pay attention to landscape backgrounds and monuments
  2. Tags – Location-based check-ins and geotags can indicate where a person frequents and/or lives.
  3. Mentions of particular locations and/or events – Frequent references to these places might indicate where your target could be.
  4. Connections – If a person is connected to a lot of people in one particular area, this could be a sign that they previously, or currently lived there
  5. Groups – Online and In-person groups can signal not only a person’s hobbies and interests but also where they go to partake in interest-based activities.

3) Public Search Engines and Phone Directories

To conduct your search, chances are you will most likely start by “Googling” the person you are looking for. A simple internet search may suffice, but if you find yourself having difficulty locating a physical address, you can also utilize another search engine.

Bing and Yahoo are Google’s main “competitors” but there are also other alternative search engines you can utilize that allow for more privacy. These search engines include:

  1. DuckDuckGo
  2. Brave
  3. StartPage
  4. Swisscows
  5. Gibiru

Pro Tip! – To make your search more effective, it’s always a good idea to freshen up on your search operators (Does a Boolean search sound familiar? It’s a basic type of search operator that is commonly taught in high school and college). Check out Semrush’s Google Search Operators Cheat Sheet to see a list of 85 search operators you can use during your search.

In addition to public search engines, you can also make use of phone directories. Phone directories such as Whitepages, Yellowpages, and ZabaSearch are particularly useful for linking phone numbers to addresses. 

Besides using phone directories, you can also utilize a reverse phone lookup tool. Have you ever got a spam call and decided to search the number online to see who it was? Congrats! You just performed a reverse phone search!

To view a list of phone lookup tools that are available for use click here

4) Utilize Public Record Databases

Public record databases are records created by local, state, and federal governments who are required by law to make them available to the public.

Public records can be accessed from a variety of online and in-person sources such as: 

  • Government Offices – Local city halls, county courthouses, and state government buildings.
  • Libraries – Public libraries often have online public databases you can access.

Examples of Public Records

Here are some common public records you can access that can help you locate someone’s address:

  1. Property Records – Land records, housing deeds, and property tax assessments fall under this category. These records are used to determine property ownership and are important for financial and legal transactions. While property records are great for finding property owners, they may not be helpful in tracking down renters.
  2. Marriage and Divorce Records – They can be used to verify marital status and legal separations.
  3. Court Records – These documents can include information about legal rulings, sentences, court proceedings, and the parties involved.
  4. Business Records – These include records of business licenses, corporation filings, and trademarks. Useful for verifying the status of a business or researching a business’ history.
  5. Driving Records – Government-issued records showing a driver’s history, including any traffic violations, suspensions, and other driving-related incidents can help you locate where a person may live or frequently travel to.
  6. Voter Registration – These records can sometimes be used to verify address and citizenship status since they are usually managed by local election boards.

5) Consider Paid People Search Services

Paid people search services are specialized online platforms that aggregate data from various public and semi-public records, online profiles, and other legally accessible sources to compile comprehensive profiles that can include details like current and past addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, criminal records, social media profiles, credit reports and more.

Debtor Inspector is a paid people search provider that aggregates data from over 2,777 sources.

Some other examples of paid people search providers include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Ever Okay to Search for Someone’s Address Without Their Permission?

To clarify, searching for someone is one thing while contacting them and sharing their information is another. All instances may be legal or illegal depending on a variety of factors.

Technically, there are no restrictions that prevent someone from searching for someone’s address online. However, legally, this falls into a gray area.

Depending on your motives for searching and the legal jurisdictions of both you and the person you are trying to locate, there could be legal consequences for conducting searches.

This is why it’s advisable to reach out to Debtor Inspector before initiating a search. Our team can guide you in selecting the most appropriate report for your investigation and address any questions you have concerning legal considerations. 

What If the Person I’m Looking for Is Not on Social Media?

If social media does not yield any results, turn to public records, phone directories, reverse phone lookup tools, or consider using a paid search service (such as Debtor Inspector). These platforms have niche databases that can aid in your search.  

Is There a Way to Find Someone’s Address Internationally?

International searches can be complex due to differences in privacy laws and the accessibility of online records.

Debtor Inspector offers international search reports. For inquiries about locating someone’s address abroad, please reach out to us at 

Conclusion: Address Tracing Tactics Simplified

To help prep for your search, here are a list of things to keep in mind as you search for someone’s address:

  • Name – Be sure to search for all the different variation types
  • Phone Number – Pay attention to area codes and cross-reference the phone numbers you come across. If a phone number pops up in several reliable places linked to the same person, it’s more likely to be accurate.
  • Reaching out to friends and family –  This is an option if you are looking for someone’s address but it depends on the circumstances as to why you are looking for someone’s address.
  • Social media – Social media platforms leave clues as to a person’s whereabouts. Some of these clues include:
  • Photos and Videos – Pay attention to landscape backgrounds and monuments
  • Tags – Location-based check-ins/Geotags
  • Mentions of particular locations and/or events – Repeated patterns of these locations may narrow where they live
  • Connections – If a person is connected to a lot of people in one particular area, it can indicate the area in which they live
  • Groups – In-person groups can also give an idea as to where a person is based
  • Search Engines -In addition to Google you can cross-reference information by using Bing or Yahoo. If you’d like to use a search engine that allows for more privacy, you can utilize:

Pro tip! Use proper search operators to generate more precise results

  • Phone Directories – Phone directories such as Whitepages, Yellowpages, and ZabaSearch are particularly useful for linking phone numbers and addresses.
  • Reverse Phone Lookup Services – These specialized phone databases are compiled from a variety of sources. To see a list of Reverse Phone Lookup Services providers, click here.
  • Public Records Databases – Public records can be found online, at government offices and libraries. Examples of public records include:
    • Property Records
    • Marriage and Divorce Records
    • Court Records
    • Business Records
    • Driving Records
  • Paid Search Service Providers – Examples of paid search service providers include:

Pro tip!  Consistency is your friend. If the same information appears repeatedly, it has a higher chance of being accurate.

In short, finding someone’s address online involves a careful balance of resourcefulness and responsibility. Whether you’re using social media platforms, public search engines, phone directories, or any other tools, it’s crucial to be aware that privacy laws and ethical standards exist. If you ever find yourself unsure about the legal implications of your search or need assistance with more complex scenarios, feel free to contact us via


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