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If the information I have is outdated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.

Family Reunion? Whitepages Premium to the Rescue!

A family has a wonderful time together in a nice restaurant.

A family reunion is a chance to connect with seldom-seen family members, meet new ones, and celebrate your heritage. And the good news is you don’t have to do it all: let Whitepages Premium be your virtual assistant and help you to organize and create a memorable event for your loved ones. Follow these tips and your family will be looking forward to the next get-together.

Set a date

Generally, set a date six months to one year in advance when you’re scheduling a family reunion. However, if most of your brood is relatively local, say, an hour or two’s drive away, you might be able to be more spontaneous and opt for a long weekend or summer weekend, when work hours might be more relaxed.

Who’s coming?

Determine who will be invited – first cousins, second cousins, and then everyone under that umbrella. Once you know who you’d like to invite, discover any missing or incomplete contact information by searching for a loved one’s name. You’ll find their current address, phone number, and more.

Use this information to create a family phone tree and enlist a member of each nuclear family to help with outreach to their respective family members. This will help ease the burden on you as you try to plan out the rest of the reunion.

Remember to save the contact information you find in an address book or Rolodex so you have it for the next time you want to plan a get-together, or for when you simply want to call Aunt Linda for a chat. Share the information you’ve collected with other family members so everyone knows how to get in touch with everyone else.

Can’t remember all the names in your extended family? Don’t worry!

Having a really large family sometimes means that it’s difficult to remember who all is associated with whom. That’s okay! If you can’t remember your cousins’ new spouses’ names or your mother-in-law’s parents’ names, let Whitepages Premium find out for you. Enter an address into the reverse address search to see who’s associated with the property–this will tell you who owns it! So even if you can’t remember the right name or how to spell it, Premium is there to help you out. Now you can save a little face when you see your cousin Joe’s new wife (Jennifer!) at the reunion.

Don’t forget to send cards

If your family just can’t get together that often because of schedules or distance, sending cards is a nice way to keep in touch and say hello. Send them for birthdays, holidays, or to say thank you for a gift. Even if you can’t see each other in person, having easy access to your family’s contact information means you’re never really out of touch.

Premium can help you plan and prepare for a big event in so many ways. Letting it do the hard work for you by collecting addresses means you have more time to be excited, not stressed, about the upcoming event.

Did you recently have a great family get-together? Share your memories in the comments section below!

Simple Tips to Get Ahead of the Game Planning This Year’s Block Party

Block parties are a summer tradition in many areas, and an opportunity to meet people in the local community both old and new. If you’re planning a block party, it can be a pain when it comes time to get in touch with local attendees. You may have a list of names and addresses, or just know that a new couple moved in down the street and has to be invited. While it’s likely you’ll have the phone numbers and email addresses of some people in your neighborhood, you probably don’t have a comprehensive list.

When you use Whitepages, you’re accessing our best-in-class database to get phone numbers, email addresses and more, making sure everyone shows up to the party. Whitepages provides an alternative to repetitive door knocking up and down the street. You’ll have a more accurate list of contacts for the party in less time – and it’s free!

How to make the block party fun (and have extra fun yourself!)

Organizing a block party can be complicated in terms of coordinating with attendees, figuring out who’s going to bring food, if there’s going to be entertainment and many other considerations. This doesn’t have to end with you pulling your hair out in frustration the day before. We’ve already discussed the benefits of using our powerful search tool to get the invite list together, but that’s not the only element that can help make the planning process smoother. Here’s some advice that can make sure everyone – yourself included – is ready for fun when the big day arrives:

Delegate: One of the best tips from The Washington Post’s article on organizing block parties is to clearly assign responsibilities well before the party starts. Even if you’re the lead organizer, you shouldn’t have to take care of every last detail. It may mean an extra hour or two of discussion, but it will save many more in the weeks leading up to the event.

Permits: Not all neighborhoods need a permit to hold a block party, but some do. It’s better to find out beforehand than to have to deal with it the day of. Getting a permit can be a really big help in more densely populated areas too, allowing you to have a side street closed town for part of the day and creating a safe space.

Conflicting schedules: This is an easy one. Make sure no major local or national events are scheduled on the day you want to hold your block party. 

Use an RSVP: The Chicago Tribune spoke with veteran party planners in the Windy City and noted that RSVPs are crucial to getting an accurate headcount. You want to make your block party casual and fun – but you don’t want to have double the number of expected guests. RSVPs also help you confirm that everyone in the neighborhood got the invitation.

A party you plan and also enjoy is the best kind of event. Start the party planning out on the right foot by first creating a list of names and addresses of potential partygoers. Simply head to Whitepages, type in the name of the individual you hope to see at the block party and voila! You’ll have a full list of names and addresses in no time.

“Who’s Playing in Our Yard Again?” Staying in Touch With Everyone in the Neighborhood

Even with summer camp, lessons and the many other activities that kids can get involved with during their annual break from school, there’s still plenty of free time. In many neighborhoods, kids will travel in packs to the park for a game of baseball or to a conveniently located backyard to cool off in the sprinklers.

But what happens when all those kids end up in your yard? You may ask your own children, but they may not know a last name for the kids they are playing with. With Whitepages, you can find numbers and other contact information for the parents in your neighborhood, making sure everyone stays informed and can quickly get in touch should a problem arise. The depth and breadth of our data is unmatched, which means more success getting in touch with a neighbor down the street if their child is playing tag in your yard.

Do kids know their own phone numbers?

The short answer to this question is that most kids do, in fact, know their own phone numbers, at least by the time they’re in first or second grade. Science Daily highlighted U.S. Department of Education research that showed many children can remember multi-digit numbers by age 3. And plenty of educational resources for both preschoolers and young grade school-aged kids focus on learning personal information.

This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, and there are plenty of times when a kid just won’t know. The fact that most kids of a certain age remember their numbers won’t do you much good if one of your child’s friends has a lapse in memory or gets nervous and can’t remember their number, or just plain forgets it for the day.

Solving the problem

Whether you want to make sure one of your young visitors doesn’t have any allergies before serving a snack or you’re trying to gently herd all those kids back to their homes, getting in touch with their parents quickly is essential. If the kids can’t tell you their numbers themselves, you’ll have to do some detective work to make sure they can eat that plate of sliced-up strawberries or safely get home. You may even want to call parents without asking your kid’s friends for their number, whether it’s to let them know about an upcoming surprise party or because that child just skinned his knees playing basketball in the driveway and isn’t taking it very well.

The good news is, our free, easy-to-use database of contact information is a great way to check phone numbers and get in touch with a kid’s parents. Whitepages’ powerful search engine helps you find the right number without having to dig through results or use many different search terms. Because getting in touch with other parents is often a time-sensitive issue, the speed of Whitepages’ search is a big plus. With Whitepages, you can breathe a little easier the next time a motley crew of neighborhood kids shows up at your house.

Make New Friends but Keep the Old – Contact Friends After Graduation

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As you read the following lyric, what comes to mind? “And as our lives change, from whatever, we will still be, friends forever.” If your first thought was graduating, you are correct! Vitamin C hit the nail on the head when she sang the song “Graduation.” That well known line from the song’s chorus holds true to many aspects of the day you finally put on your cap and gown. From saying goodbye to your college friends, to moving to a new city for a job, your life changes after graduation. Though you have your lifelong friends from college or grad school, as you move to new places, you will be making new friends.

Did you know that Whitepages can help you find contact information for your new neighbors in your city, or even your new coworker? Read the steps below to see how you can easily start reaching out to your friends in your new city.

Scenario 1: You want to find the number of a contact you met in a city sightseeing tour last week

Head to Whitepages.com and on the homepage under the “people search” tab, type in the name and city of your (soon to be) new friend.

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Now’s your chance to start calling! After you hit “search,” you’ll see a list populated with the address and phone number of the individual’s name you typed in.

Scenario 2: You love your new neighbors, and want to have a housewarming but haven’t received their numbers… yet!

Head to Whitepages.com. Once you’re on the homepage, click the “address” tab and type in your nearby neighbor’s address, as seen below.

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After you click “search” you will see the neighbor’s contact information populate, making it easy to connect and form a friendship.

Remember, though you may be making new friends, you can easily keep the old. You can use the tools listed above to easily contact your friends from school even if they are moving to new places, too.

Does thinking about graduation make you feel reminiscent? For old time’s sake, don’t miss Vitamin C’s “Graduation.