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Q: Finding lost friends ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Finding lost friends
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: ddc113071-ga
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Posted: 16 Nov 2005 17:01 PST
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Question ID: 593980
How can I locate a person when the only information that I have is
that individual's first name and the town/zip in which the individual

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Nov 2005 17:30 PST
There are some person-search databases where it's possible to search
on only a first name within a given zip code.

However, unless the first name is rather unusual, even a zip code
search is likely to turn up quite a number of hits.  For instance,
there are 270 David's in my zip code, 20016, but only 7 Kyle's.

Let me know if you're interested in knowing about these databases and
if so, I can post the information as an answer to your question.



Clarification of Question by ddc113071-ga on 16 Nov 2005 20:15 PST
Her name is Iliana and she is actually a friend of my girlfriend.  I
thought it would be a cool surprise if I could re-unite them (they
haven't talked in like 8 yrs and used to be best friends).

Please go ahead and post the info.  I think with a name like Iliana,
there probably won't be too many.  It's worth a shot.

BTW, how does one become a researcher for Google?
Subject: Re: Finding lost friends
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 16 Nov 2005 20:23 PST

Try these guys:

Enter a first name, and a state, and then scan the resulting list for
the town you're looking for.

If it works...Bingo!

If not, you'll have to look for access to Reference USA, which is
available at many public libraries.  If you need this option, then let
me know via a Request for Clarification, and tell me where YOU are
located (just the city and state), so I can see if it's available at a
library in your area.



search strategy -- Used bookmarked sites for people search.

P.S.  'Fraid Google Answers isn't accepting any new reearchers at the moment.

Request for Answer Clarification by ddc113071-ga on 16 Nov 2005 21:27 PST
Already tried Intelius.  Nothing there.

I'm in Los Angeles, 90048 or 90064.  Any additional help on the
Reference USA front would be much appreciated.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 17 Nov 2005 04:14 PST
You're in luck.  The Los Angeles Public Library carries the
ReferenceUSA database.  And better still, it's available over the
internet, so you don't even have to leave your seat.

Head to:

and click on databases.

You'll be prompted to sign in with your name and library card number
(I assume you have a library card.  If not...tsk, should get

Once in the system, find the ReferenceUSA database for Residential
(not Businesses) and click on it.

The database will open up to the 'Quick Search' screen, and you might
want to try this.  But for a zip code search, you'll need to select
the 'Custom Search' screen.

From Custom Search, select 'First Name' and 'Zip Code', and then
conduct your search.

Good luck.

Subject: Re: Finding lost friends
From: scriptor-ga on 16 Nov 2005 17:06 PST
Just out of curiosity ... if those persons are lost friends of yours,
how come that you don't even know their last names?


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