i_am_your_spy (i_am_your_spy) wrote in little_details,

Tracking down people pre-internet

I have no idea what to Google for this. I tried "people-finding," "directory information," "tracking down people without the internet," but it's all contemporary, of course. I should probably just read some old detective novels.

Setting is an AU United States, 1985.

My characters are attempting to track down a woman with only her name and a former address to go on. She's since moved to a different state. I can give her an unusual name, if that helps.

Nowadays, they could just type her name into yellowpages.com, but what would they have done 23 years ago? I feel incredibly stupid for not knowing this.

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