Top 24 Email Search Sites and Address Directories

Free and paid email lookup sites let you find email addresses for people you want to contact.

Lost Email Addresses and New Friends or Clients Online

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.

(Updated February 2016)

Pipl People Search - Free People Search Site

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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.

Intelius People Search - People Search Site

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

LinkedIn People Search - Free People Search Site

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

Spock - Free People Search Site

Spock finds people not only by name and location but also by tags and, well, just about anything related to them.

LexisNexis Public Records - People Search Service

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

6 - Free People Search Site is a meta search engine for email addresses (and not just for mine). It scans the most popular email address directories including Yahoo! and AOL.

PeopleSmart - People Search Service

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.

8 Connect - Free People Search Site Connect helps you find business contacts—across companies and countries, with many a criterion to narrow your search.

Facebook People Search

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

yasni - Free People Search Site

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.

11 - Free People Search Site links old and new email addresses, but its always up to date database can also be searched for other criteria.

12 Email Search

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.

Spokeo - Reverse Email Address Search Site

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

MyLife - Free People Search Site

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

15 Discover People

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

Plaxo Business Card Search

After becoming a Plaxo member yourself, you can search—and contact—others in their directory.


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

Email Finder Reverse Email Lookup - People Search Site

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.

19 People Search - Free People Search Site

After registering yourself (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.

XING - Free People Search Site

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

ICQ White Pages - Free People Search Site

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

MyFreeEmailSearch - Free People Search Site

MyFreeEmailSearch aggregates results from other people search engines as well as the web and public databases to find whomever you seek.

PeekYou People Search - Free People Search Site

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


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