Tips for Searching Whitepages Premium with Limited Information

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When you need to call or find someone with Whitepages Premium, it’s imperative that you be able to find the right person and the right information. Though Whitepages aggregates data from multiple public and proprietary databases in an effort to provide the best data in the industry, sometimes these sources don’t have enough information on a particular individual, and holes in information appear. But don’t despair: even if a specific piece of information isn’t listed on someone’s search page, Whitepages Premium can still help you find it and connect with the right person.

If an address, phone number, or email doesn’t appear in search

If someone’s page is missing the contact information you need, use People Search to find the next best thing: a family member. Search for parents, siblings, spouses, or other relatives, and reach out to them to see if they can provide you with the right information. At least one of these folks is likely to know how to reach your person.

If you don’t personally know someone’s relatives, you can reach out to the names on someone’s lists of “Possible Associates,” which might also include friends or roommates. These lists appear towards the bottom of someone’s search page:

What comes up when you do a People Search

If my search for “Rebecca Taylor” didn’t return the correct results, it is possible to figure out who her family members are from these lists, based on name and age.

If the information I have is outdated

Having some information to start a search, even if it’s not current, puts you in a great position because you have a lot more ways to find someone.

If you have an old phone number, Reverse Search that number to see a list of past and current owners. Let’s say you want to find an old friend, Lisa, but the phone number you have belongs to a house she no longer lives in. Enter that number into the “reverse phone search” feature on Premium and take a look at the results:

Results from a People Search.

This is a list of people associated with that number. Towards the bottom is my friend Lisa Townsend, so now I can simply click “view details” to see her current contact information.

If you have an old house address, the process is very similar. Reverse Search the address with Premium and a list similar to a phone search’s “family and previous owners” will pop up.

Just like with a phone search, you can click over into the people associated with this address to see someone’s current information. If you’re looking for an old neighbor, their names should pop up in this list. From here, click “View Report” to see their contact information.

If I need to find someone, but I don’t know their name

Let’s say you want to find your distant cousin’s wife, but you don’t know (or can’t remember) her name. Here, use People Search to look up your cousin first. His wife will likely appear under his list of “family members,” and you can probably figure out which person is the right one by looking at their age, location, and whether or not you recognize her name. Click into her page to see if her information matches what you do know about her.

You can always contact the wife’s friends and relatives or your own family members for her information, too. Start with People Search to get their contact information.

If I’ve tried to contact someone, but they haven’t responded

Nothing is more frustrating than tracking down someone’s contact information just to have them not answer the phone. If you’re confident it’s a good time to reach out to this person, revisit their informational page in People Search to see if there’s any contact information you might have missed. There may be something listed here you haven’t tried, like a home address where you could send a card or letter.

If you’ve tried all the contact information available for this person, their relatives are a good bet, too. They should be able to point you in the right direction or at least fill you in on why their son or nephew might not be answering calls or email.

If my search yields too many results

Sometimes, a person search will give you more information than you need–or that you could possibly ever get through. This happens with phone numbers because that number just has too many associations, and it happens with names because many people share that name. If you just searched for “John Smith” nationwide, you’d get thousands of results. Narrow down the search to “John Smith, Alabama” and you get 100+ results. Better, but still not quite manageable.

Instead of scrolling through a hundred results, opt for specificity when you’re searching for someone. Enter in their full name and not just their state, but their city, too. Get even more specific with the Advanced Search tool, located just underneath the People Search bar.

Advanced Search allows you to enter in someone’s name, specific location, birthday and age, either an exact number or plus or minus five years. This tool can make a big difference in your search. If you search for Rebecca Taylor, either nationwide or in a specific state, there are likely 100+ results for that name. But if you search for her with the Advanced Search tool, the results are much easier to look at:

A screenshot of too many People Search results.

The more you know about a person that you can enter into the Advanced Search tool, the more successful your search will be.

5 Signs You’re Ready to Meet in Person: An Infographic

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Online dating is a super cool way to meet new people, but knowing when it’s time to meet in person can be kind of stressful. We made this handy infographic to help you decide whether to accept an invitation out! Safety is key here, so consider each of these signs carefully. Remember, when you’re getting ready to meet someone new, make sure you know something about their personal background!

Featured image via Shuba on Flickr.

An infographic to help you know when it's time to meet in person!

Don’t Get Salty, Get Malty! How Beer Can Help You Make New Friends

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Have you tried making a new friend as an adult? It’s not as easy as when you were a kid! There’s more to it now than simply having the most crayons. Kids can bond over just about anything, but as we get older, it’s harder to develop close relationships. But fie to all that! Being an adult has one great perk when it comes to getting to know new friends: tasty, life-affirming beer. All those anxieties we have about meeting new people as adults—where do I start? What do we talk about?—vanish when we get in front of a delectable brew. Getting to know a new friend becomes less daunting when you can invite them for a beer at one of these super-cool breweries.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewing; Milton, Delaware

This is one of the big ones. Dogfish Head has an impressive roster of rotating beers, including the 90 Minute IPA—one of the best of its kind—and unusual enjoyable offerings, like the Seaquench Ale, a sour beer made with lime peel, black limes, and sea salt. Dogfish Head’s tasting room is open for at least a few hours every day, including Sunday, and there’s a variety of food trucks for you and your buddy to choose from!

Surly Brewing Company; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Known for big, bold flavor, Surly Brewing Company doesn’t mess around when it comes to beer. The company’s enormous brewery facility features a taproom and a restaurant with a robust food menu. Surly is a great place to meet with friends and play outdoor games while you sample beers like the Furious, an IPA-ESB hybrid, or the #Merica!, a seasonal pre-prohibition style lager. And if you and your friend are lucky enough to get a seat at the Brewer’s Table, you’ll enjoy exquisitely-cooked meals paired with Surly’s beers.

Taos Mesa Brewing; El Prado, New Mexico

Nestled into the beautifully sparse New Mexican landscape, Taos Mesa Brewing features an indoor stage and an amphitheater for larger concerts. The brewery has a pretty full calendar of music and performances coming up, so pick one—or several—to check out while you enjoy the rich, malty Fall Down Brown or the light, crisp Kolsch 45. Taos Mesa has lots of brews and lots of events, so it’s a great choice for a casual friend-date!

Pike Brewing Company; Seattle, Washington

Landmark destination Pike Place Brewery always has a lot to see and do, so there’s really no better way to wind down an afternoon than at Pike, one of the best breweries in the city. Enjoy a beautiful view of Elliott Bay while you sip libations from a rotating tap list and snack on a soft pretzel. Like many of the other breweries on this list, Pike also hosts events from time to time. A favorite event here is the Women in Beer celebration, which honors women’s leadership in the Northwest craft beer industry.

Pelican Pub and Brewery; Pacific City, Oregon

This brewery arguably has the most beautiful scenery on this list. Pelican Pub and Brewery is literally an oceanfront destination, just sandy steps away from the shores of the Pacific. Watch the tides come in while you take a tour of the brewery. Then, eat some fried cheese curds or fish and chips, paired with Umbrella IPA or the malty Kiwanda Cream Ale. The Tillamook Taproom is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, and if you just can’t bear to leave, there are lots of nearby places to stay. Beer, sleep, repeat.

Ahh, beer—it can bring people together like nothing else. While visiting breweries with new friends is always great fun, make sure you know a little bit about their background before you invite them out.

Have you been to any of these breweries? What pubs and brewing companies would you like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Magic in a Muggle Word: How Many Witch and Wizard Names Are There?

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In honor of the recent publication of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script, we thought we’d take a look at how many people living in our Muggle world today share names with J.K. Rowling’s characters. Even though Cursed Child wasn’t written by Rowling herself (it was the project of playwright Jack Thorne), the book is an exciting return to a world most of us—myself included—have really missed! Whether you’ve gotten the book yet or not, here’s a list of the magical people living among us.

Harry Potter

As you might expect, this name is actually pretty common. 122 Harry Potters reside among us, primarily in Florida, with a few Harry Potter, Jrs. and Harold Potters thrown in for good measure.

Ron Weasley

A little more common, there are over 600 Ron Weasleys in the United States all around the country. If anyone in the Midwest sees a car flying through the sky, you can expect the one exact match for Arthur Weasley to be very angry.

Hermione Granger

Five women live in the United States with this name, and you just know that they’re outperforming all the other residents in absolutely everything in Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Reports indicate that the house-elves in these areas are some of the happiest.

Rubeus Hagrid

No one in the nation has this name, which makes sense, as Hagrid is a singular creature whose good spirit is unmatched by anyone.

Albus Dumbledore

No luck here, either. Trying to think of a name for your baby?

Tom Riddle

Okay, prepare yourselves: there are 56 exact matches for Tom Riddle and tons of possible matches—hundreds of them, all around the country. Thomas Riddles, too. “Tom Marvolo Riddle,” however, yielded no results—which means any of Tom Riddles could be the Tom Riddle. Start practicing your Slug-Vomiting Charms and your Bat-Bogey Hexes! This brings me to…

Lord Voldemort

Yes, there is indeed one Lord Voldemort. He lives in Quebec. I wonder if he’s retired from evil to sample cheese and offer wine tastings?

Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley Dursley

Happily, these folks are strictly fiction.

Ginny Weasley

There are no Ginny Weasleys in the U.S., but don’t despair: there are 10 Ginny Potters.

Draco Malfoy

Okay, so no Draco Malfoy, but there are a handful of people with the surname Malfoy, including one with the first name Narcissa. Distant relatives? Or not-so-distant relatives, perhaps…

Harry Potter is a vast, magical realm, full of possibility. So is your world! You can look anyone up with Whitepages Premium and get access to their records, licenses, and contact info, so you’ll know if they’ve moved to Hogwarts or not. Always be kind to your witch and wizard neighbors, but don’t forget: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!

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