Top 20 Email Search Sites and Address Directories

Use these online email search sites and address directories to find anyone.
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Searching for people online? Looking for an email address? Look closer to find friends old and new as well as business contacts with these email address directories and people search engines. Here are your best bets.

Screenshot of the Pipl website

In real time, Pipl scours databases and directories such as ICQ, Amazon profiles, flickr, or SEC records to find information and people web search engines do not see.

Screenshot of the Intelius website

Accessing various public records, Intelius provides comprehensive email address search for the U.S. and can reveal the person behind an email address, too.

Screenshot of the LinkedIn website

LinkedIn worldwide network of professionals can be searched by name, industry, company, region and more. Of course, LinkedIn offers a means to get in touch, too.

Screenshot of the LexisNexis website

For serious research: LexisNexis's public records and private database search covers hundreds of millions of people and businesses.

Screenshot of the PeopleSmart website

PeopleSmart finds people competently and relays messages to their email addresses so you can contact them. In addition, PeopleSmart can look up the person behind an email address in reverse email search.

Screenshot of the Connect website Connect helps you find business contacts—across companies and countries, with many criterion to narrow your search.

Screenshot of the Facebook website

You can find everybody on Facebook (and just about everybody is on Facebook after all) by college, company, school, or name.

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yasni scours social networks, the web, blogs, Amazon wishlists, and its own records for whomever you seek. If your search is fruitless, you can swiftly create a missing person ad.

Screenshot of the FreshAddress website links old and new email addresses, but it's always up to date database can also be searched for other criteria.

Screenshot of the EmailSherlock website

EmailSherlock smartly searches directories and public records but also web services such as online calendars to return data and details about the person behind an email address.

Screenshot of the Spokeo website

Spokeo's reverse email search shows you the name, photos, videos, social networking profiles, blogs, and non-email contact information behind an email address.

Screenshot of the MyLife website

On MyLife, enter a name and approximate age, and it will often find the person you seek. After registering, you can see their details, too.

Screenshot of the Myspace website

MySpace was once the social network to meet friends on the web. It was heavily populated. You can still find ways to get in touch with artists, though, and possibly old friends on

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Screenshot of the InfoTracer website

InfoTracer aggregates publicly available information—from Social Security records to blogs and business ownerships—for search by name, location, and also email address.

Screenshot of the BeenVerified website

Email Finder finds more than email addresses. It looks up the person behind an email address, in fact, with a detailed profile—for members only.

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After registering (which puts you in the directory), turns up comprehensive results that get you back in touch with people you knew. You can also search by school, for example, and find out who's looking for you.

Screenshot of the XING website

Popular in Europe, XING helps you find and connect to businesses and their people.

Screenshot of the ICQ website

Search the directory of ICQ users with numerous criteria to find old and new friends and their email addresses.

Screenshot of the PeekYou website

You can search PeekYou's profiles for people (and a way to contact them) by name, company or school.

Screenshot of the That'sThem website

You can search by name and address or, for reverse lookups, by email address with, in my experience, mixed results.