People search

These are generally of use almost entirely for the United States. I've included quite a few as the quality of results tends to vary - different ones are better for different searches, with no obvious consistency.

ThatsThem

People-search tool for US

xlek

US public data search. Formerly known as Cubib

BeenVerified

US public data search. (*The best way to approach it is to use the Google hack site:beenverified.com firstname lastname - this often circumvents a whole lot of the "loading" pages and gets you the info without logging in)

Spokeo

People-search tool for US

Peekyou

People-search tool for US. Looks for social media accounts as well as basic info

Locate Family

People-search website. Has reverse address search

InfoTracer

Background check site. Emphasis on legal records. Includes reverese address search but free info very limited

*BE WARY

Some people-search sites appear to have lots of results, and tell you that in order to see them you have to create an account or give them an email address.

There is ample reason to believe that in some cases at least, this is misleading - the initial "bait" is generic. See here, for example.

Using a disposable email address, or one you don't mind getting spammed, is probably a good idea in the case of such sites. 

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