If you are looking to find someone through email, you will need to locate their email address first. Although this may seem like an impossible task, it is perfectly feasible that you find the person's email address and reach out to them. You have several options available to you to find someone through email including reaching out to mutual friends. You may have to utilize several methods to find someone through email, so patience is key. Be prepared to spend several minutes or hours in your search.
Search an online service such as WhitePages or InfoSpace. The sites offer a comprehensive list of registered users. Registered users will include their email addresses, phone numbers and addresses in their listing. You can search the listing and potentially find email addresses of lost friends, family and past associates. Depending on the service you use, you can find the email address without having to pay a fee.
Reach out to mutual contacts of the person whose email address you are attempting to find. The contact may have the person's email address or can provide you with contact information for the person. If your mutual contact does not want to give out the person's contact information, ask the person to give your contact information to the other person. The person you are searching for email address can reach out to you and provide you with the email address.
Search the directory of various providers. Most email users have a free account through email providers such as Yahoo!, Hotmail and Gmail. Each provider keeps a directory of email address that you can use to find your lost contact. You will have to search each email directory separately. You may need to search through each email directory before you are able to find the person's email. There is another drawback. The email address you find may be an outdated one that the person no longer uses.
Search through old messages to see if the contact's email address may be listed. If you have mutual friends, there is a chance that the person may have sent a forwarded message to the both of you. If this is the case, you can find the email address in the list of email addresses that the message was sent to.
Reach out to the person whose email address you want to find directly. The best way to find the email is to ask the person. By doing so, you eliminate the possibility that you get the wrong address or find an outdated email address that the person rarely or never uses.
Some online services offer the ability to find email addresses for a fee. These services often can provide you with the contact information once you provide the name and city of the person you are looking for. You may be able to sign up for a trial search to avoid the high cost of maintaining the service. Read the Terms and Conditions of the service before agreeing to them and providing your payment information.
Sources and Citations
Yahoo!: Email Addresses in the Yahoo! Directory http://dir.yahoo.com/Reference/Phone_Numbers_and_Addresses/Email_Addresses/