How to Find a Person in Michigan

By Emily Manthei

Access public records in Michigan to help find someone.
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The Internet makes it very easy to locate most people in Michigan. Unless the person you want to find does not use a computer and has never given his information for any type of service or account, the Internet is a good place to start when you're looking for any person. Michigan's public records, white and yellow pages and state departmental websites are all open and available to those who are conducting a person search in Michigan.

Step 1

Enter the name, social security number or phone number of the person you want to find in the Michigan Public Records Directory by following the link in the Resources.

Step 2

Select the type of records you want to find from the drop-down menu under "Report Type." Choose from options like "Public Records," "Background Check," "Criminal Check," or from different vital records options.

Step 3

Enter an inmate's name and "offender status" in the search field of the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System to find an inmate, parolee or released offender in Michigan. The web address is located in the Resources.

Step 4

Click on the online White Pages or Yellow Pages to search by name or email address for someone in Michigan. Enter the person's city, county or ZIP code if you have it to narrow down the search.

Step 5

Verify a person's address by checking at least two public records or private people-finding engines. If all sources point to the same address, you have probably found your missing person.