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Finding Missing Persons: Some Internet Resources

Posted by Writing PIs on August 18, 2013

Here are some useful online databases that can be helpful in finding people.private eye guy

Keep in mind the importance of the correct spelling of the name (there can be a world of difference between Katheryn and Cathie), the correct order of the first and last name (is it Anthony James or James Anthony?), and if a nickname might be helpful to search.

Some useful, and for the most part free, online searches

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs): The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a centralized repository and resource center for missing persons and unidentified decedent records.

Wedding Channel: Search for weddings by name and state.

Zoom Info: Comprehensive source of information on 5 million businesses and 50 million professionals, geared to marketers. Offers free trial.

VitalCheck: Official source for government-issued vital records: birth, death, marriage and divorce. Not a government agency, but a resource to purchase government-certified vital records.

State and Local Governments: Links to websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments

Service Members Civil Relief Act website: Department of Defense’s official source of service members’ active duty status.

National Obituary Archive:  Obituaries by city and state.

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