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How do you locate a person's mailing address?

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Yellowpages.com, DexKnows.com and similar sites provide mailing addresses and other contact information for individuals and businesses. Professionals, such as government representatives, may also have contact information available on their organization's website.

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In addition to mailing addresses, DexKnows.com allows reverse phone look-ups and searches for businesses. Yellowpages.com also provides information on businesses, as well as searches by phone number and by address. It also offers information about regions searched by area code or ZIP code. Both sites provide links to additional services with information about individuals.

For many years, print telephone directories were the most common method of finding contact information, including mailing addresses. The first directory was printed in February, 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. That directory was a simple list of names because at the time, callers spoke with live operators who made the connections. Over time, telephone directories, or phone books, became more complex, including phone numbers and addresses.

The advent of the Internet has weakened the use of traditional phone books. Although print phone books are still delivered as of February 2015, many people find it simpler to look up information online. Another threat to phone books is the increasing use of cell phones instead of landlines. Because cell phones are not listed, phone books now lack listings on a large portion of the population, further reducing their usefulness.

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