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This question comes from James of Okotoks in Canada. There are many tools available online where you can get the information on any person. Since James is looking for the information for his friend who lives in US, I am going to focus my answer to US needs.

Recently I have written about this on another blog and I am providing the same information here rather than rewriting it.

Learn here How to Search for People and Phone Numbers!

If you are like me, then you like to use internet for looking for information rather than using other old methods. Google includes listing of millions of US households in what it calls the Google Phonebook. If you are looking for some information, here are the tips on how to look for people and phone numbers in google:

There are six ways you can search for a person or household in the google phonebook.

  1. First name or initial, last name, city
  2. First name or initial, last name, state
  3. First name or initial, last name, city, state
  4. First name or initial, last name, zip code
  5. Last name, city, state
  6. Last name, zip code

You can read the full post using the above link. Besides the above, I am also sharing few more free resources:


This is an interesting question from Molly of BC, Canada and I had to do research to find out more about the google directories.

If you are new to google directories, you can go and make yourself familiar now. A majority of the users use google directory the same way as they do the regular google search page i.e. by searching the directory than browsing it. To make your experience for the google directories better, I suggest the following steps:

  1. Go to google directory page ( and not to the normal google home page.
  2. Enter your keyword into the search box at the top of the page.
  3. Click the google search button.
  4. Google displays the search results page just like a standard web search result page. But each result listing also features a link to the category in which it is included.
  5. Click on the category link to view all the pages listed in that category.
  6. If you stumble across a big category, it may be difficult to find exactly the page you want. Guess what, google allows you to search for pages within a category.

So if you are doing your research project, then google directory is a useful alternative to searching the massive google web page index. I believe that google directory results are more focused and of higher quality than what you find in the normal google web page search results.

I got this question from Patty and Norm of US. I think this is a question which can benefit any one. So I am going to expand my answer so that it can help many others who look for the answers to google search queries.

Most of the users enter a keyword or two into google search box, click the search button and are satisfied with the search results. However there is a better way to search, one that generates smaller list but more focused list of results.

Here are few easy and valuable tips to refine your google search results:

  1. Don’t worry about capitalization?
  2. Word order makes the difference when it comes to searching information!
  3. ‘And’ is assumed by the google, so if you don’t put it; it’s alright.
  4. Use the ‘Or’ operator if you want to conduct search for pages that include one word or another word, but not neccessarily both.
  5. Common words like ‘and, the, a etc.’ are automatically excluded by google while searching. For example, ‘how a toaster works’ may give the same results like when I search for ‘toaster works’.
  6. Exclude words from results. For example, when I search for ‘bass’ related to music, I will get the results related to fishing. To further finetune the results, my search query will be ‘bass -fish’.
  7. Not sure of your search query and you want to include the similar words, you can use ~ character to include synonyms in your search.
  8. Are you looking for an exact phrase? If I want to search for Jack Nicholson, then my exact search query will be “jack nicholson”.
  9. Narrow your search to specific file types by using operator (filetype:). So if I am looking for a doc file for the water conservation, the search query will be water conservation filetype: doc.
  10. You can narrow your search to a specific domain or websites. So I want to check about the US grants and only .gov sites, then the search query will be us grants
  11. Narrow your search to words in the page’s body text. So if I am looking for toyota car, then my search query will be intext: toyota car.
  12. When you want to search for pages created between two specific dates, you can use google’s daterange operator.
  13. Use the link: operator to find all pages that link to a specific page e.g. link:
  14. Are you looking for more information about a specific page? You can do it using the info: operator e.g. info:
  15. If you want to highlight all the instances of the keywords you searched for in a document, you can use the cache: operator e.g. cache: windows.

Besides the above operators, you should also use the advanced search page features to refine your search queries in the google search engine. In the coming days I will share more about the google as I have received many more google related questions.

Jay Author