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How to get FREE results on 192.com

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9y, 3m agoFound 9 years, 3 months ago
I was trying to find someone on the electoral role and noticed that b4usearch is not working at present. I don't like paying for anything if I think I can get it free and 192.com wanted £9.99 minimum for 5 searches.

Not one to be beaten I did a bit of googling!

On the british genealogy site I found this fantastic post....can't think why I didn't think of it first lol. I bow down to the OP Bren for the marvel he is and for saving me some money. I got the result within about 5 mins for FREE!

The original post can be found at

http://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12803


Here is what you have to do......don't be put off, it's simple.



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I'm about to tell you how you can get free results on 192.com's electoral register.

I hasten to add that this is NOT illegal, it is NOT illicit, it is NOT fraudulent and does NOT involve any software installation.

I discovered a 'back door' to getting addresses which helped me trace a living relative of mine who didn't even know that I existed and didn't know about her new extended family, as a result it has united us much to the delight of our family and her family.

OK, here's the tutorial...

Let's assume that you are looking for a Barry Barlow (just picking a name at random here), you would hopefully have some other details that would help you narrow down your search such as spouse's name or town, but you can still trawl through the results.

Go to 192s people search (www.192.com/search/people.cfm) and type in Barry Barlow and check the preferred year box. Then click 'Search Now'. This brings up a list of possibilities.

Let's assume that you know the name of a spouse, this being Christine, if it doesn't show on the top 5 search results then you may have to click the 'see more results' link.

So, we have found a Barry and Christine near the bottom of the list, what we need to do now is to try and find the address, to do this we have to guess the postcode! This sounds like a complete shot in the dark but in fact it's a methodical process that yields results fairly quickly. However, if you already know the location in which they live you don't have to guess the postcode.

In the REVISE THIS SEARCH section on the right you must now put the letter 'A' in the LOCATION box where 'A' represents the first letter of the postcode. If 'A' doesn't match the name entry you want results for then proceed through the alphabet until it does.

In this case, 'S' is the key. Input 'S' into the box and it shows our target as having a postcode beginning with 'S80'. Now we have to discover the second half of the postcode, we do this in a similar way. Put S80 in the LOCATION field and then try additional entries starting with 'S80 0' through to 'S80 9' until you find the match. In this case it's '4' which is the second key and 192 completes the rest of the postcode (S80 4LA).

Now we need to find the next part of the address. For this we need to open Royal Mail's web portal and go to their 'Address Finder' section, you will find this on their home page of royalmail.com, otherwise here is the direct link (http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/...requestid=22570).

(EDIT BY MSCHIEF........... http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/postcodefinder?catId=400145&pageId=pcaf_pc_search&gear=postcode is a more direct link)

Once at the correct page, input the postcode and Royal Mail will kindly supply a range of addresses within that postcode.

Transfer the address (without the house number) to the 192.com search boxes and click 'SEARCH NOW', in this case we get a choice of locations which is where your knowledge of geography comes in handy, select the correct region and you should be redirected back to the results page with the address revealed next to Barry Barlow's name.

The only thing left is to find the house number. We do this in the same manner, merely insert the house number in the 'STREET' field of 192's search fields (don't forget to insert a space between the number and street!). Another tip here is that the size of the blank field should give you an indication of whether the house number is one, two or three digits. On this one, I guess that it's two so we could speed up the search process by starting at 11 (which is where Royal Mail's data starts on the 'double figures').

Hey presto! Our target is number 19.

If you then remove the address and search the name and postcode only you may find a telephone number if the person is not listed as Ex-D.

This is a bit of a slow process but entirely free and incredibly satisfying when you find your desired results. Please remember though that you only have 12 Royal mail searches in any 24 hour period, but if you Google a postcode finder you will be able to utilise the same database but through other providers and usually on a limited number of searches per day.

I hope that this information is useful to you and that you can get as much success from it as I did. We are now in the process of arranging to unite my dad with his half sister as a direct result of this method.

Good luck guys.

Bren

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I'm sure if this doesn't get abused it will remain available for quite some time as the original post was in April 2006 and I just got it to work.


Hope this helps someone out

PS. I even looked on MSE and its still suggesting b4usearch so maybe someone would like to post over there too as I'm not registered over there.

Thanks!
- mschief
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1 Like #1
U Lost Me Waaaaaaaaay Back!!!
#2
Nice!
#3
That's pretty good.
#4
Well it kind of works, but could take many many attempts before you stumble across the correct answer.

Take where I live for example, and assume you already know the full postcode (else that alone could take a few hundred attempts to guess - there's 6760 theoretical combinations of the last 3 letters & digits although that could possibly be reduced by quite a bit as not all exist), my postcode covers around 60 different house numbers!
#5
Lost me too much to take in :thumbsup:
#6
Not bad, I prefer just doing their surveys for 2 free credits a time.. Much better to waste 30 seconds than spend potentially hours doing this, but it's a reasonable fallback, albiet one that might get closed if it gets alot of publicity.
#7
Think I would save time and pay the fee, lifes too short
#8
hmm i tried it but whilst doing the postcode letter search i got this message

Upgrade requiredThank you for using [url]www.192.com[/url]. You have exceeded our search limit of 10 searches per minute and your account has been frozen.

For business users please ring 020 79092192 (Mon –Fri 9am-5pm) and speak to our Business Solutions team about packages that may be more suited to your needs.

Alternatively to re activate your account please ring Customer Services on 08000 887192. (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)

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#9
Premier
Well it kind of works, but could take many many attempts before you stumble across the correct answer.

Take where I live for example, and assume you already know the full postcode (else that alone could take a few hundred attempts to guess - there's 6760 theoretical combinations of the last 3 letters & digits although that could possibly be reduced by quite a bit as not all exist), my postcode covers around 60 different house numbers!


You only have to get the 1st letter of the post code right....then refer back to the results and you will see the first 3 completed for the person whose details you are wanting to see, so even if you dont have a clue it's only 26 letters....you then have to get the first number so again 0-9. All the time looking at the results. Once you have got a road name from Royal mail the number is a little more long winded but most postcodes only cover odd or even numbers.

I guess no one liked playing guess who as a kid lol.
#10
hocka
U Lost Me Waaaaaaaaay Back!!!


:friends: Bless
#11
seancampbell
Not bad, I prefer just doing their surveys for 2 free credits a time.. Much better to waste 30 seconds than spend potentially hours doing this, but it's a reasonable fallback, albiet one that might get closed if it gets alot of publicity.

hi. how do you do surveys for 2 free credits per time?
#12
Ok, I have the name, street name, village, postcode. The Royal Mail search gives me five addresses, all with house names not numbers. None of these match. Now what do I do?
#13
Voted hot! I have just used this to trace a family member and success!!! It only took around 10 mins in all! Thank you mschief. :thumbsup:
#14
doublekite
Ok, I have the name, street name, village, postcode. The Royal Mail search gives me five addresses, all with house names not numbers. None of these match. Now what do I do?


Give up or pay :giggle: hehehe

Steve
#15
biggan
hi. how do you do surveys for 2 free credits per time?


You'll need to join 192s email list - they tend to send surveys twice a month or so, so not suitable for heavy use but better than nothing.
#16
If the house names you have aren't matching when you enter them in the amended search you could try directory enquiries now. Or if you really want to get in touch why not write to all 5 houses?
You can also have a look at the electoral roll in the local library if you're not far from there as you have the street name.

You could even be a little cheeky/sneaky I guess and call the local sorting office and ask why there isnt a house number only a house name and maybe they can match the surname to a house name for you for.
#17
Thanks, only just noticed this and it works really quickly if you follow it! Very impressed, managed to get an address I really wanted, have been trying several sites to see if any do a free electoral roll search, you just solved my problem!
#18
nice one
#19
This is genius!! Didn't take to long (5-10mins) to find the address I was looking for. Great post!
#20
where is ''REVISE THIS SEARCH"?
#21
With all these sites although you pay you willl not necessarily find the person you want. The sites do have the last full electoral register on which is 2001. Since then you can tick the 'privacy' box on the electoral register and you will only show on the master copies of the register that are kept at the British Library and the appropriate local council offices. These master registers are in printed form in street order. Approximately 60% of households now tick the privacy box.
#22
richard33dees;1358730
This is genius!! Didn't take to long (5-10mins) to find the address I was looking for. Great post!


snap found an address for a long lost person within 10 minutes and been searching free for a while. Thanks x
#23
Thanks Thanks Thanks ever so much. Ive been looking for a mate who moved to a different city a few years back.Been trying 192 for a year, cudnt b arsed paying. Find his mothers house and address.
Sent a letter and popping down for a hug and a cuppa. thanks once again.

:thumbsup:
#24
Ideal for the patient stalker!
#25
Does this still work?
#26
i've just tried it and seems to work okay
#27
I have spent three hours this morning testing this to see if it works. I am pleased to say it really really does!!!! It obviously took a while because its like driving a car with a blindfold on but you get the hang of it pretty quick. I REALLY wanted to find out where someone lived but didnt want to pay £11 for credits that I would have no use for in the future. Besides, this way is so much more fun because each step closer you get you feel more and more satisfied with your findings. its obviously not as convenient as the credits but if you have nothing to do in your day or if like me, you have long days at work that drag on and on then this is seriously fun to do.

you can also get information by simply typing certain words, etc. into google. use the internet to its full potential!!!
#28
Just used it this morning and it still works a treat. Thanks for posting.

I so don't like paying for public record information like this, especially as it's available at most libraries in the UK for free. With the hindrance of living in the states right now, free becomes more difficult. So, this has been a huge help!

Happy Christmas!
#29
This doesn't seem to be working now. Has anyone else had any luck with this?
#30
just tried this and it worked 4 me....now time to pay a visit to the wife of the man my ex is screwing....RESULT
#31
Apaprt from visiting your local electoral office, or paying for credits on 192.com is there anyway to find out if you are still registered on the electrol register to a certain address?

I looked myself up on 192.com but unless you register and pay up you cant see that info.

Just feel a bit silly going into my local electrol office and saying 'hey, am I registered with you?' lol
#32
Has anyone tried this search method on the new look 192.com...I can't get it to work anymore?
#33
I have logged onto 192.com with the new layout and apparently this search function doesn't work anymore. So to the above post you are not alone it's a shame it was a really usefull tool. No doubt it probably recived complaints and they didnt feel the need for this simple function. :(
#34
I'm afraid it dont work with the "new" lay out!! Anyone got any fresh ideas on this one?
#35
I used this with great success in July 2008, but now it is not working.
Gutted!!
:-(
Dont want to pay £10 for the address as it's the 2003 electro-roll so they could easily have moved 5 times since then!! :(
#36
does this still work
#37
anonyy1
does this still work

No, unfortunately :(
#38
This is a good post and explained well. I didn't know about the 2 free searches per month for joining the email list. If you google the name in quotes before you search in 192.com, results displays the first half of the postcode in the 192.com entry showing town or village, so the rest of the postcode has to be obtained by trial and error. Happy hunting. Let's find missing people.
Hadn't read the last few entries saying it wasn't working

Edited By: Linds12302 on Jul 13, 2014 16:21

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