Feature spotlight: Find a person

This is perhaps the most powerful search feature on ukphonebook.com and Orbis and one that many of our users don’t make the most of. You will be surprised by the amount of information that can be found on an individual (which many find disconcerting, but we’ll save that discussion for another blog post!).

I’m going to take you through some of the ways you can use the find a person feature that you may be unaware of.

Search by name, email address or phone number

The most obvious way to search for a person is by entering their name. It is a good idea to narrow your search further by also adding a location, especially for more common names e.g. John Smith, York.

But did you know you can also search for someone using their email address or telephone number? Both these features are available with our corporate service, Orbis. This data comes from opted in sources so is fairly limited but useful nonetheless!

Location only

I find this one of the most useful ways to search for people. You can find all residents at an address, on a street or within a specific postcode by entering the location only. This can sometimes bring back a large number of results, in which case you can refine your search further using the other parameters such as name, date of birth, gender etc.

Wild card searching

If you do not know a person’s full name or email address you can use our wild card search tool. Start typing the name or email followed by a * e.g. smi* or john.smith@*

Specify second resident

This method of searching is useful if you’re unsure of the location of a person you are looking for but you know the names of other occupants at their address. Simply enter one of the names in the first search box and then there is space to specify a second resident at the bottom of the form.

So, what information do you get once you’ve found who you’re looking for?

Our find a person data comes from the edited UK electoral roll, the telephone directory and opted in consumer data and includes information on the following:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • full address, including postcode
  • landline and mobile telephone numbers
  • email address
  • other occupants at that address (including historic occupants)
  • house details
  • occupation details
  • linked records

It is important to note that not all of this information is available with every record as many people opt out of sharing information such as telephone numbers and email addresses.

We also access Companies House data and can show Director details where relevant, which includes information on companies that person is associated with.

So, there we have a brief overview of how find a person can be used. The more you use it, the deeper you’ll find you can delve!