How to Find a Home Telephone Number

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How to Find a Home Telephone Number
Phone books are still the most efficient way to search for home phone numbers. (Book image by Fenia from Fotolia.com)

In a time when many people choose to keep their contact details private, searching for personal information can seem like a full-blown investigation. But if you're looking to find a home telephone number for someone you know, it's quite doable. With a few clues, such as the person's first and last names, you can successfully perform a phone number search.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    If you know the person's full name, flip through your locally distributed phone book to locate a home telephone number. Phone numbers are listed by last name, in alphabetical order. Phone books will list only people in your area.

  2. 2

    If you are unsure of the person's location, search an online phone number database such as Switchboard.com. This will require the person's first and last names; the search often returns multiple listings for the same name. You can filter a long list if you know the person's whereabouts. The more details you have, the better.

  3. 3

    Consult phone company websites if you know the person's service provider. This resource can help narrow down the number of search returns for one person.

  4. 4

    Gather any remaining details about the person and use this to your advantage if you have trouble finding his home phone number. For example, you could search the website of a company or organisation with which the person is affiliated; his personal contact information might be listed there.

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