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Q: Using google search ( Answered,   5 Comments )
Subject: Using google search
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: supergrouper-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 09 Dec 2002 12:40 PST
Expires: 08 Jan 2003 12:40 PST
Question ID: 121958
How do I find individuals,such as old high school chums?
Subject: Re: Using google search
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 09 Dec 2002 13:19 PST

If the person's address is available on the internet, you can use the
Google Phonebook system to search for individual's contact information
from this URL:


The minimal information you need to supply to Google is a last name
and a state or city name, separated by commas. For example, to search
for all of the Smith's in New Jersey, use this query:

smith, nj

All of the combinations of possible searches using first name, last
name, city, state, area code, zip code, phone number, and business
number are listed
 on Google's help site at ://
Subject: Re: Using google search
From: bowler-ga on 09 Dec 2002 13:31 PST
Sometimes just simply searching for their name in the search box will
reveal interesting results.  I.e if they have their own website or if
they were mentioned in a news story or article, or if their place of
business has a website.  Of course there may be many different people
with the name so this can be quite cumbersome. is also a
good source along with
Subject: Re: Using google search
From: kitch8-ga on 09 Dec 2002 14:17 PST
Make sure you are smart about your searching on a name....many times
info can get mixed up...such as more then one "john doe" in a city or
state. Also the best advice is to use better techniques in google the "advance search section".

I would suggest always putting names in quotes and using (+ and -)
such as
seach:   "john doe" +oh       I'm looking for a person in the state of

I would also then use the (-) minus symbol to take out my unwanted
info in a seach.

It takes a lot of time but I look for people all day long with pay
sites such as and and some of the best info I
get for free on google.
Subject: Re: Using google search
From: espresso-ga on 09 Dec 2002 15:06 PST
have you tried
Subject: Re: Using google search
From: racecar-ga on 09 Dec 2002 16:04 PST

Can't seem to figure out how to click to the posted link,


from google home.  Help anyone?
Subject: Re: Using google search
From: tsporter-ga on 11 Mar 2003 10:38 PST
The url will take you to a google window that is set up to do a person search.

It is easier if you type the following on the search line:
This is what you would have typed into google to find it:
phonebook:first last city state    

You don't need commas
You do need either city or state

One other trick is to put r or b infront of phonebook.  (i.e. bphonebook)
This makes it either for residence or business

It doesn't like putting in two word names.  

It's fast and easy.  Also quicker than going to the special window.

The only thing I haven't figured out is how to search across multiple states.


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