Let’s look at what are the choices and options here.

To the average person in the street, it appears quite a simple task to find out where somebody lives. With today’s advanced technology compared to what we had  30 years ago – a piece of cake.

You can try to use 192.com


Today we have the benefit of: 192.com. A detailed ‘paid for’ online resource opportunity. This enables people to search the UK voters list/electoral roll from the comfort of their own home-brilliant. But the search is not comprehensive as it only includes people who opted to allow their details to be shown on the “open” version of the electoral register. The other version is known as the ‘closed’ version which means the individual is shielded from being found by the public when perusing www.192.com It’s still possible to view this information, but only under supervision, and of course, you need to know the street/road where they live in beforehand.

Whereas 30 years ago the only way to peruse the electoral register was to either personally visit the local library, town hall, or British library where all these local directories were stored.

However, 30 years ago the register was 100% comprehensive and complete with everyone listed. Apart from people exclude who might be seen under threat to their life or personal well-being everyone was on the list.

But… if you never knew the precise road/street of the location, you would have to work your way through the entire directory. A big job, but doable. So you might find yourself spending 2-3 days locked away in the library archives.

How to find a person’s address 30 years ago


There existed a great directory named ‘Kelly’s Directory” which was similar to the electoral register with a section of commercial listings too. But one of the drawbacks with both Kelly’s and the electoral register was how up-to-date, was it? The limitation with all these directories both 30 years, and today is, are these listings current and comprehensive? Answer NO.

Why?  Many of you may remember the local council complied these listings thorough out the year, with a cut-off day around August. Then the whole thing for that year was compiled in a publication around March the following year. So, any listing after August was left off and carried over to the next year. In that period of time, people could have emigrated, relocated, or indeed died. Not to mention changing their name by deed poll, going to Prison, or other scenarios.

Let’s look at various options in how to find someones adress

1. Find an address by a person’s name

Description: The first and foremost and fatal barrier here is that in most cases there are literally thousands of others with exactly the same name. You can’t rely on location because they may have moved, or equally living in the same location, which one is it? Other than a massive door-knocking campaign forget it. If it was 30 years ago or more they have probably moved.

The only options open are Facebook you may be lucky but don’t hold your breath. It’s a case of pot-luck! Also, on Facebook, there is the frustration of you sending a message, and so often there is no response. Leaving us in the dark and wondering as to why. If they don’t answer you can’t ask them why!

2. Find address by phone number

15 years ago-yes. Every town and city had a telephone directory and if the surname was quite unusual you might be able to easily find them. Especially if you vaguely remembered their address to corroborate it. But today phone directories no longer exist, as very few people actually have landlines. So that method of finding someone’s address is unfortunately over. Indeed, finding phone numbers nowadays is passé.

Finding a person by their email. Not easy unless it is offered to you by the recipient. A directory of email subscribers to the best of our knowledge does not exist. In any event, you would actually need the person’s address before beginning the search. Which of course defeats its object of it.

Benefits of hiring a professional people finder to find people address in UK

We can say without any shadow of a doubt this is the way to go. One huge advantage they possess is access to some directories not generally available to the public. As we described above there is an open and closed version of the electoral register. Some licensed tracers can access the closed directories with certain restrictions, Without access to the closed directory using this method is often virtually impossible. They can click on a couple of buttons on a PC screen and find your target person in a matter of hours. Often these traces are inexpensive, and it works well if that person has been in circulation for the last 10-15 years. Older traces going back 50 years and more, are very tough without the assistance of a tracer virtually impossible.

In conclusion, In all circumstances, it’s very much about who you know!

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