Top 20 Email Search Sites and Address Directories

Looking for someone? These websites can help

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? Find friends old and new, as well as business contacts, with these email address directories and people search engines. Here are your best bets for finding an email address.

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Screenshot of the Pipl website

What We Like

  • Searches conducted in real time.

  • Connects publicly available online and offline information from millions of sources.

What We Don't Like

  • Its search is too broad and random if all you have is a name.

  • Subscriptions are expensive.

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

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Screenshot of the Intelius website

What We Like

  • Thorough, accurate reports.

  • Premium membership offers unlimited monthly searches.

  • Tiered pricing is reasonable.

What We Don't Like

  • How thorough depends on which tiered subscription you pay for.

  • Search results can be inconsistent.

  • You can't download reports.

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

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Screenshot of the LinkedIn website

What We Like

  • One of the most popular professional networks, with more than 645 million users worldwide.

  • Robust profile creation tools.

  • Ability to search by a person's skills.

What We Don't Like

  • Customer service needs improvement.

  • Profiles can be easily faked.

  • First-time profile setup can be overwhelming.

LinkedIn's worldwide network of professionals can be searched by name, industry, company, region, and more. It also offers a means for getting in touch with the people you find.

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LexisNexis Public Records

Screenshot of the LexisNexis website

What We Like

  • Site has 83 billion public records from over 10,000 sources.

  • Great for conducting litigation discovery.

  • Continuously updated.

What We Don't Like

  • Geared more toward legal professionals.

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

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Screenshot of the PeopleSmart website

What We Like

  • Offers a wide variety of information.

  • Offers several ways to find people.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like

  • Reports can be difficult to comb through.

  • Accuracy can be hit or miss.

  • Can't download reports.

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.

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Screenshot of the Facebook website

What We Like

  • Can find personal info not included in most background checks.

  • Robust filtering options.

  • Massive user base.

What We Don't Like

  • Many profiles are set to private.

  • Massive user base means too many results to comb through.

  • Information can be inaccurate.

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

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Screenshot of the Yasni website

What We Like

  •  Aggregates search results from external sources.

  • Regularly receive new search results by email.

  • Ability to place a "missing person ad."

What We Don't Like

  • Needs better SEO.

  • Privacy issues.

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.

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Screenshot of the FreshAddress website

What We Like

  • Can remove bouncing email addresses, disposable domains, and more.

  • Keeps email lists up-to-date.

  • Offers free email list cleanup tool.

What We Don't Like

  • Marketing focused.

  • Doesn't offer the in-depth information other sites provide.

FreshAddress links old and new email addresses, but its always up-to-date database can also be searched for other criteria.

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Screenshot of the EmailSherlock website

What We Like

  • Reverse email search.

  • It's free.

  • Searches popular email services and social media.

What We Don't Like

  • In-depth info costs money.

  • Redirects to third-party site for background info.

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.

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Screenshot of the Spokeo website

What We Like

  • Easy to use.

  • Inexpensive subscription options.

  • Good for finding a person's social media accounts.

What We Don't Like

  • Background info is lacking.

  • Work history not included in reports.

  • Site aggressively upsells features.

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

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Screenshot of the MyLife website

What We Like

  • Profiles can contain a wide variety of information.

  • Offers a "public reputation" score.

What We Don't Like

  • Public pages can only be removed if users register and pay for the service.

  • The site has been the subject of several lawsuits.

MyLife is a "reputation platform" that pulls public information to create automatic profiles. Enter a name and approximate age, and it will often find the person you seek. After registering, you can see their details, too.

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Screenshot of the Myspace website

What We Like

  • Good for connecting to musical artists.

  • It's free.

  • It's visually appealing.

What We Don't Like

  • Not as popular as other social media networks.

  • Info can be out of date or inaccurate.

  • Search filtering options could be better.

MySpace was once the social network to meet friends on the web. While it's fallen out of favor, you can still find ways to get in touch with artists, and possibly old friends.

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Screenshot of the InfoTracer website

What We Like

  • Comprehensive reports.

  • Five day trial available.

  • Lots of categories and report types.

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive.

  • No mobile app.

  • Many details in reports are left empty.

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

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Screenshot of the BeenVerified website

What We Like

  • Cross-checks millions of data points and dozens of data sources.

  • Includes work histories.

  • Reverse phone lookup tool lets you search who called or texted you.

What We Don't Like

  • Property reports are run separately.

  • Certain info, like email addresses and marriages, can be inaccurate.

  • Expensive subscription pricing.

BeenVerified is a people and public records search that can help you find social networking profiles and photos, properties and assets, bankruptcy information, and more.

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Screenshot of the website

What We Like

  • Basic, easy-to-use interface.

What We Don't Like

  • Redirects to MyLife.

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.

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Screenshot of the XING website

What We Like

  • Over 16 million members.

  • Special Ambassador program available for cities with large user base.

  • Mobile app available.

What We Don't Like

  • Not as good as LinkedIn for connecting with U.S. workers.

  • Primarily focused on the German-speaking market.

Popular in Europe, XING is a professional networking site that helps you find and connect to businesses.

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ICQ White Pages

Screenshot of the ICQ website

What We Like

  • Registration is easy.

  • People can initially only see your ICQ number.

  • ICQ can display mutuals or people you know.

What We Don't Like

  • User base has fallen significantly over the years.

  • Like many social apps/sites, information accuracy depends on user honesty.

ICQ is the granddaddy of modern messaging apps. Search the directory of ICQ users with numerous criteria to find old and new friends and their email addresses.

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Screenshot of the PeekYou website

What We Like

  • Get basic search results for free.

  • Can search by username.

  • Pulls data from a variety of sites.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of ads.

  • Can get more useful results from other websites.

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

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Screenshot of the That'sThem website

What We Like

  • Several search options.

  • It's free.

  • Includes a personality test.

What We Don't Like

  • Search results can be mixed.

  • No features beyond a basic search.

  • Weak customer service.

You can search by name and address or, for reverse lookups, by email address.

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People Finders

PeopleFinders search engine

What We Like

  • Breaks down what the search did and didn't find before asking for payment.

  • Turns up results quickly.

  • 43 billion records and more than 6,000 data sources.

What We Don't Like

  • Access to more detailed information requires payment.

  • Charges extra to email reports.

  • Doesn't accept Paypal.

People Finders is a people search engine and public records database with over 43 billion records and more than 6,000 data sources.