Online directories, such as White Pages and PeopleSmart, offer free people search services. Users cans search for an individual by name, phone or address to retrieve general information and advanced services are offered for a fee.
White Pages is one of the largest online directories and includes residential and business locations in its database. Search results include a complete list of potential matches and show details such as the individual's age, general location and known associations. The user may select the best match to see the person's complete address, any listed landline phone number associated with him and a map showing his exact location. Additional information includes area neighbors and previous addresses.
PeopleSmart offers similar features and can also search by email address. In addition to address history, it provides the dates the person resided in each location and shows multiple phone numbers associated with him. A list of possible relatives is also included and users can opt to view their contact information as well.
Both directories offer background checks and criminal and county records for a fee. White Pages also has an option for social searching which pulls from any online profile the person may have, such as Facebook. PeopleSmart offers a paid membership where users can manage their searches and set up monitoring and alerts on saved searches.