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.
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.
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.