With the advent of the Internet, searching for names and addresses is much easier than it used to be. Whether you need to find an ex-colleague, an old professor, or just track down a friend with whom you've lost contact, you can use online services to help you along. You will need some sort of information with which to start your search, whether it is a phone number, an e-mail address, last-known location or the person's place of work.

Gather all the information you have about the search target.

Contact people who may know the person you are searching for. Even if they can't put you in direct contact with the subject, they may be able to give you useful information to help you search.

Go to an online directory.

Enter all the information you have about the person you're trying to find into the designated search boxes.

If your first search doesn't turn up the name and address you need, keep trying. Alter the information you entered or try another search service.