Archive for Monday, February 5, 2001

Address unknown? Web sites help track down people

February 5, 2001


Looking for an old friend or flame? Still want to collect that old debt? Never before has it been so easy to find someone. Just check on the Web.

Here are some sites that might help you locate others:

Pick a search type from the left-hand side of the page and see what happens. The site delivered good addresses and phone numbers for us, and it offered maps and directions as well. To impress marketers, it also gave us the average home price and other uncomfortable details of a person's neighborhood. You also can do reverse searches, looking up a person's name by entering a phone number.

A successful search for a person in the "white pages" here also gives you the option of adding the address and phone number directly to an online address book or downloading it to a personal digital assistant.

This people-search site lets you hunt down the living and the dead. Click "Ancestor Search" to hunt for personal connections among one billion of your possible forebears.

We had apparently registered in the forgotten past at this site, where people leave their names in case old high school chums are trying to find them. Unfortunately, we recalled neither our old password nor any messages from the gang back in New Jersey.

This site cuts out some of the work of searching, but its services come at a price. The ValiDate option, for example, is a $50 background check on your new girlfriend or boyfriend. "Because love shouldn't be blind," says the come-on.

The effort here was appreciated, but our submission of a name resulted in this site's opening 22 separate browser windows on our screen as it made automatic queries at search engines, messaging and research sites. A screen button offering to "Close All Windows" didn't work.

This is a "mutual consent registry," meant primarily for adoption cases. The site boasts many testimonials.

Send anonymous e-mail to someone you like. If they like you back, you've found each other without the pesky risk of public rejection, humiliation and pain. Or so we are to believe.

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