Whether you are looking for a missing person, a long lost friend, a witness, a debtor, birth parents or other relatives, there are a multitude of databases that can be searched for free on the internet in your efforts to trace someone…..and we suggest that you go through that process first.

As a starter, get together as much information as you can about the person you want to trace. For example full name, known address, age, date, and place of birth.

Start searching the following databases:

  • UK electoral role:  You may find present and previous addresses on this database as well as other occupants at those addresses together with their dates of birth, thereby giving you further potential leads
  • Companies House: You may find results by using the search facility on the Companies House website by looking for directors and companies. Financial reports are also available here
  • Experian: Collects information on people, businesses, motor vehicles and insurance
  • The Land Registry: The Title Register (Property Register) lists title deeds, which contains a description of the property, its tenure, the name and address of the owners, and the purchase price
  • Infobel: offers UK and  international directory-inquiries searches
  • Social-networking sites: Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Location-based services: Foursquare, Google Latitude,,
  • Email: If you have an email from your target then use your email program to “show internet headers”. This will disclose the IP address of the originating machine. will show the area where that IP address is located. Do they have a website? If so, go to or and type in the domain name

When searching the sources mentioned above, use all the information first, then strip back until you hit a result.

After that, if you have not been successful, then Cressey and Sons can bring its expertise in tracing missing persons through the use of various investigative techniques such as the searching of non-freely available databases, meetings with acquaintances and physical searches. Our first consultation is free.