How to Find Someone’s Current Address

Americans are on the move.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau housing data, more U.S. households are renting than at any point in the past 50 years. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that old friends or neighbors may be more likely to fall out of touch as living situations change often.

Are you looking to find someone’s most recent address but don’t know where to look? Here’s how you can find it.

People On the Move

According to FiveThirtyEight, the average American changes homes about 11 times in their lifetime. That’s a lot of neighbors’ names to remember and even more furniture to move.

Practically speaking, it’s also a lot of people to break the news to. Against our best intentions, we sometimes don’t think to stay in touch with people whom have mattered to us in the past. That’s why so many of us lose track of friends, former military buddies or schoolmates, even though it only takes a quick call or email to stay connected.

While some do stay in contact via text messages or social media, others simply seem to vanish into thin air, leaving us scratching our heads about how (and where) to find them. Perhaps the calls and emails have stopped, or the Christmas Cards have been marked return to sender.

So how can you track them down? Let’s start with the most basic method first.

Don’t Be Shy: Ask Around!

The first thing you’ll want to do when looking for someone’s current address is to ask around.

Do you share any friends in common with this person? Is there anyone you can find on Facebook who may be related to know their current whereabouts? (We’re assuming you’ve already searched for them on Facebook anyway.)

If you find someone who you think may have the information you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to reach out to a stranger. Explain that you’ve lost touch with so-and-so and would like to know more about where they’re living these days. Most of the time they’ll be more than happy to help.

Finding Someone’s Current Address…without Google?

If that doesn’t work, don’t worry! You can still (probably) find someone’s current address, and you won’t even need to rely on Google, either.

Besides, this method will likely be a lot more effective because Google simply isn’t designed to search for the housing records you need.

People search engines, on the other hand, are all about showing you information (from public records) about the people you search, and they are your best bet for finding someone’s current locale. Unlike Google, which compiles just about everything, people search engines only aggregate data as it relates to people from hundreds of sources: white pages listings, public records, criminal records, even profiles from 100+ social networks.

People search engines work much like you might expect. Enter your query into the search bar, scan the results and select the one you want. Since they know you’re trying to locate a person, all you need to do is enter a first and last name. Obviously, it helps if you have a general idea of the city and state they may be currently occupying.

Results can include:

  • Full name
  • Marriage status
  • Current Address and Past Residences
  • Social Pics & Profiles
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Court & Criminal records (additional fees apply)
  • And more…

Needless to say, the task of finding information on a long-lost friend just got a whole lot easier.