Where have I lived?
January 22, 2010 10:37 AM   Subscribe

What is a good resource for finding past addresses?

I am filling out an application that asks for all of my addresses from the last 10 years. I think I have moved about 12 times in 3 states during that time period, and there is no way I could come up with all of those addresses. I tried Pipl and it was no help.
Does anyone know a good web resource for figuring such things out? I'd prefer not to pay for it, but I would not rule it out either.
posted by quine's_gavagai to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Zabasearch might be able to fill in some of the blanks for you, although their basic service is spotty.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 10:41 AM on January 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

I found a lot of my old addresses on my credit report.
posted by electroboy at 10:47 AM on January 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

If you use Amazon (or other mail order services), they tend to keep a list of various addresses for credit cards/deliveries. Go to your details page to see what has been entered in the past.

Obviously only works if you've had stuff sent to the various addressess you've been at, and probably won't help much with dates.
posted by Kiwi at 10:54 AM on January 22, 2010

Old credit reports. I just did a loan re-fi and they wanted a 10 year address history. I dug out my folder of credit reports and they all had some subset of addresses I had lived at. From this I was able to compile a complete list.

Failing that, Grandmothers. My Grandmother has a page in a notebook where she writes my address every time I move, and so she has a complete history going back to college.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:06 AM on January 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

Nthing the credit report. Or even a background check: If you apply for certain jobs, they may do one and will be required to send you a copy. It's amazing how much information they keep.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:20 AM on January 22, 2010

Do you live in the US? If yes, you can get a copy of your credit report for free, every year, from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, thanks to the Fair and Accurate Transaction Act. You can get it here.
posted by Houstonian at 6:14 PM on January 22, 2010

Zabasearch got 9 of the addresses right off the bat. It was quick and easy. Thanks for the find!
posted by quine's_gavagai at 4:17 PM on January 25, 2010

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