Q: How can I find friends or
relatives on the Internet?
There are a number of directories on the Internet that help you find people.
If you do a web search for white pages directory, any number of
them will come up. Here are my
out these directories and first see if you can find yourself.
It’s always interesting to see what’s out there about you, and
besides, you know all the needed information.
Most directories ask for first name, last name, city and state.
easier to find addresses and phone numbers on the web than it is to find email
addresses. This is because web
directories are pretty much based on phone book listings.
These have been out for a long time and are fairly accessible.
Email addresses are much newer and there is no central directory for
are some tips for finding who you’re looking for:
more specific information you enter, the better your results, especially
if you’re looking for a very common name.
The less information you enter the broader your search.
This can also be desirable.
with unlisted numbers are generally not listed in the directories.
lot of women don’t list their first name in the telephone directory.
They list their first initial only or their husband’s name, so
try using the first initial or a blank instead of the first name.
because it’s on the web doesn’t mean it’s current.
If a person has moved recently, their new address might not show up
for 3-6 months.
more than one directory, especially if looking for an email address.
directories also offer many other services.
The three directories listed above also have Yellow Pages or Business
Services listings just a click away.
Switchboard and WhoWhere also offer maps and directions.
Switchboard has a neat feature where you can enter a phone number and
find out who is the registered owner (Search by Phone #).
has an Ancestors link. Some
of the information requires registering and paying, but it lets you check out
several things for free:
World Tree entries
Security Death Index entries
& Address Listings entries (these are current listings and can be a
good way to find living family members or friends).
people have reconnected with relatives and friends using the Internet; so
don’t be shy about trying the white pages directory services.
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- June 2001. Copyright Tonna Kutner