How to Find My Past Residences

By Jennifer Holik

Obtaining past residence information is required for for many purposes, including applying for a credit card, a background check and a rental agreement. If you do not have a list of your past residences in your personal files, there are many ways to obtain this information. Examining important papers you keep for past addresses is a place to begin. Contacting family members is a good next step because they are likely to have past residence information. Finally, use a search engine to gather additional past residence information.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone
  • Computer

Step 1

Examine the important documents you keep in your personal files. These may include but are not limited to bank records, tax records, utility bills, old credit reports, lease and mortgage records, vital records, passports and school records. Each of these records contains a date and address. To start your past residence file, create a list of prior addresses using each of the documents you have, sorted by date. Sorting the information by date allows you to see where gaps exist.

Step 2

Contact family members by phone, email or regular mail. They may be able to provide you with past address information. Many family members save old holiday cards in the envelopes, letters, address books and emails. The envelopes, letters and emails will include dates with the address. These sources will help you fill in missing information in your past residence file.

Step 3

Use a search engine to locate past addresses by entering in your name plus the word "address. " Next, search for "phonebook" in a search engine. Many results will appear that allow you to search for yourself. Some of these sites pull current and past residence information. While many of these phone book sites provide free information, there are some which require a payment.

Step 4

Search for "free credit report" in a search engine. The three main credit bureaus allow you to order one free credit report per year. Request your credit report online through one of the three major bureaus. Credit reports show current and prior address history at the beginning of the report.

Step 5

Search for "public records" in a search engine. Many records, such as court documents, vital records and property records are publicly available. Each of these public records will contain a date and address. What is considered a public record varies by state because some states have laws that do not allow vital records to be searched.