|The Law Library Staff prepares "Research Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs) for the convenience of our users to provide access to a variety of sources addressing particular points of law. These are general legal information sources, and are not to be construed as a substitute for personal legal advice from an attorney. Please seek legal counsel to help you determine the applicability of any of the information in these resources to your specific situation. The Law Library makes no recommendation as to whether you should purchase any services offered by the websites contained in this FAQ.
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All Internet users leave "tracks" which can provide information about them. All you have to do is follow their "tracks." This FAQ will guide you through both general and specific web sites where you can find information about people.
Comprehensive Sources For Finding People
- The following sites offer comprehensive links for finding information about people:
- A person's name can be used as a search term to find web pages containing his or her name. These search engines may also reveal phone numbers, addresses and e-mails:
White & Yellow Pages
- These pages often feature reverse look-ups, where you can put in a phone number or address to find a listing for a person. Some white pages also have a “neighbors” feature, where you can find the neighbors of a given address.
Social Networking Sites
- Social networking sites may provide information on a given individual.
- You may be able to locate professionals by finding them in a professional directory.
Finding U.S. Military Personnel
- Bankruptcies can reveal information about people and their assets. See our Research FAQ on Bankruptcy Law, including how to search bankruptcy court cases.
Political Campaign Contributions
Social Security Numbers
- There are both federal and state resources on the Internet. Departments of corrections for some states may have sites on the Web.
Registered Sex Offenders
- Docket databases provide information about people involved in civil and criminal court cases.
- PACER (federal docket information for district, appellate, and bankruptcy cases)
- For links to Ohio court dockets, see our web pages on Ohio Courts
- If you want to know a bit more about someone’s interests, a good source is Google Groups.
- Map services provide detailed street maps of where a person lives, including driving directions, aerial views and street views.
- The following services are available to our members.
- Lexis and Westlaw: Both of these databases include people finders and databases for searching people and their assets, including real property, aircraft, watercraft and stock. Lexis and Westlaw also contain docket databases, which can be used to find out if a person was a party in a civil or criminal case at the state or federal level.
- Open: This database includes information on driving records, vehicle registrations, criminal records, and employment. You have to show that you have a legitimate reason for the search and are using the information only as permitted by law, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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