Searching the Deep Web for People-Deep Web Databases and Resources

Litigation paralegals and paralegals that work in the criminal field often take the lead in the pre-claim investigation of a case. Probate and family law paralegals need to locate people quite often as well.  The paralegal’s role may involve locating and interviewing witnesses, taking witness statements, gathering documents and evidence, creating case investigation notebooks, organizing documents and creating a chronology of facts. Litigation paralegals on the plaintiff side may conduct initial client interviews and perform initial case assessments.  

Once the client has retained the firm, the investigation begins in earnest. The paralegal/investigator must gather as much data about as many people and events as possible. It is important to locate and take statements from potential witnesses; photograph and document the accident scene; locate, collect and preserve physical evidence; and photograph the client’s injuries. Locating the necessary  people in the beginning of a case can be problematic. Deep web people searches can make the job of finding people faster and easier, because the deep web searches are specialized and go far beyond the typical Google search. 

Paralegals do benefit from having multiple avenues to find witnesses, experts, medical professionals, employees of companies and more.  More often than not I use Westlaw, but that is because our firm has an account for paralegals to use.  However, Westlaw does not always get the right person, and I have used many other sources to find someone.  Many of the free deep web databases and search engines have proved useful in locating hard to find people.  I have used both the free and fee based people finder services and both are good, but it depends on what information you need on a particular person.  You will get a lot more information with the fee based services.  
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I compiled a list below of some of the top deep web people searches, many of which I have used in the past.  These are a great addition to a paralegal's toolbox for case investigation and research needs.  

123People - Information On People Search Engine
Free Trial
http://www.123people.com/

Addresses.com - Free Directory Assistance and More
Free
http://www.addresses.com/

Address Search
Free and Fee Based
http://email.addresssearch.com/
  
AnyWho Directory Service
Free
http://www.anywho.com/

Argali White & Yellow
Free
http://www.argali.com/default.asp

Ark - Search for People
Free and Fee Based
http://ark.com/

AT&T Help/Search: Directories
Free
http://www.corp.att.com/directory/

Business Filings Databases
Free
http://www.llrx.com/columns/roundup19.htm

Business People Search
Free
http://www.zoominfo.com/
 
Computrace People Search
Fee Based
http://www.uspeoplesearch.com/

Court Records Free Reference and Directory
Free
http://www.courtreference.com/

Craig Ball's Phone Finder
Free
http://www.craigball.com/phonefind.html

Criminal Searches
Free
http://criminalsearches.com/

CVGadget
Free
http://www.cvgadget.com/

Direct Screening - Criminal Background Checks - Instant Reports for Tenant and
Employment Screening
Fee Based
http://www.directscreening.com/

Due Diligence: What Are You Missing?
Free Article by Paul Bush
http://www.courtport.com/Articles/Due_Diligence_What_are_you_missing.aspx

eMail Address Search Engine
Free
http://www.emailsearch.com/
  
Equifax
Fee Based
http://www.equifax.com/

Experian
Fee Based
http://www.experian.com/

FinderMonkey - Find People In the UK
Fee Based
http://www.findermonkey.co.uk/

Finding eMail Addresses Resources
Free
http://www.emailaddresses.com/email_find.htm

Finding People Global Bulletin Board - PeopleSite
Free and Fee Based
http://www.peoplesite.com/

Finding People Subject Tracer™ Information Blog
Free
http://www.FindingPeople.info/

Free Background Checks USA - National Information Source for Free Background
Checks and Criminal Records Online
Free
http://freebackgroundchecksusa.com/

Free People Search Engine
Free
http://www.free-people-search-engine.com/

Free Public Record Sites - BRB Publications
Free
http://www.brbpub.com/free-public-records/

Heir Tracing Service
Fee Based
http://www.heirtrace.co.uk/

Infobel World - Telephone Directories
Free
http://www.infobel.com/world/

Integra Scan – Instant Criminal Records and Background Checks
Fee Based
http://www.integrascan.com/

Intelius - Intelifinder
Fee Based
http://www.intelius.com/

Intellicorp - Background and Employment Screening Services
Fee Based
http://www.intellicorp.net/

Investigative Links
Free and Fee Based
http://www.pimall.com/nais/links.html
  
MelissaData Free Address Lookups and Verifications
Free and Fee Based
http://www.melissadata.com/lookups/

MonkeyContact - Personal People Search
Free and Fee Based
http://www.monkeycontact.com/

My Free Email Search
Free
http://www.MyFreeEmailSearch.com/

Nationwide Directory of Public Records Resources
Free and Fee Based
http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/

Net-Trace - The Investigator's Guide to the Internet
Free and Fee Based
http://www.nettrace.com.au/

Obituaries Help - Source for Obituaries and Genealogy
Free
http://www.obituarieshelp.org/

Online People Search Engine
Free and Fee Based
http://www.searchpeopledirectory.com/

People Finder Guide
Free and Fee Based
http://virtualchase.justia.com/wiki/people-finders

People Finder Report on Westlaw®
Fee Based
http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/westlawnext/public-records

People Finders
Fee Based
http://www.PeopleFinders.com/

People-Finding Guide - Gallagher Law Library - University of Washington School
of Law
Free and Fee Based
http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/people.html
   
People Search
Free and Fee Based
http://www.peoplesearch.net/

Pipl - Comprehensive and Deep Web People Finder
Free and Fee Based
http://www.pipl.com/

Public Records Sources - The Source for Your Public Records Needs
Free and Fee Based
http://www.brbpub.com/

ecordsBase - Public Records Search Engine and Online Genealogy Resources
Free and Fee Based
http://www.recordsbase.com/

Researching People on the Internet
Free
http://www.ojr.org/ojr/technology/1027538596.php
   
Reverse Phone Directory
Free
http://www.reversephonedirectory.com/

Search Detective - Reverse Phone Number Lookup Directory
Free and Fee Based
http://www.reversesearchdetective.com/

Search Systems - Largest Free Public Records Database Collection
Free and Fee Based
http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/

Soundex Indexing System - Locate Information About a Person
Free
http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/index.html

Spokeo - Friend Finder/Tracker
Free
http://www.spokeo.com/

SwitchBoard
Free
http://www.Switchboard.com/
  
The Real White Pages ONLINE
Free
http://www.whitepages.com/
  
The Ultimate eMail Directory
Free
http://www.newultimates.com/email/

The Ultimate White Pages
Free
http://www.theultimates.com/white/

The Ultimate Yellow Pages
Free
http://www.theultimates.com/yellow/
  
Tools for Investigative Research by Genie Tyburski
Free
http://archive.virtualchase.justia.com/tir/
  
TransUnion
Fee Based
http://www.transunion.com/

UK People Finder - Free Message Boards and People Finder Service
Fee Based
http://www.ukpeoplefinder.com/

Usenet-Addresses Database (MIT)
Free
http://usenet-addresses.mit.edu/

U.Government Employees
Free
http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/State-and-Territories.shtml
  
USSearch.com
Free and Fee Based
http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/index.jsp

VitalRec - Comprehensive Resource for Locating Vital Records
Free
http://www.vitalrec.com/

WikiWorldBook - The Global Open Address Book
Free
http://wikiworldbook.com/
  
XING - Unique People Discovery and Search
Free and Fee Based
http://www.xing.com/

Yatedo - Free People Search Engine
Free
http://www.yatedo.com/

ZABAsearch - Free People Search
Free and Fee Based
http://zabasearch.com/

ZoomInfo - People Information Summarized
Free and Fee Based
http://www.ZoomInfo.com/
  
Zopeo - Global White Pages
Free
http://zopeo.com/

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