You can find ANYTHING on the internet -- if you know how.
However, I was born in the early part of the twentieth century, when you dialled "O" for operator, asked for "information", and got it, free. Now, in the twenty first century, supposedly more enlightened and so-called "the information age", you gotta know your way around to get the help you need.
The magic word is not "open sesame", but GOOGLE. I dutifully opened a "google account", and typed in "residential directory" and got a page full of links to Lord-knows-what. I chose a likely one and typed in the name of a lady in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Instantly I got the information that they had two addresses for ladies of that name, and I could have either one for $9.75.
This search was for a friend and he did not authorize the expense, so I looked for a free database. One called "Free Person search" sounded likely, so I tried that and got a page called: THIS PAGE IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Well, thought I, I will simply google the name. I entered the first name, last name, and city, and then Google sent me.... 164,948 links. I got links to eveybody with that first name, and everybody with that last name, and every reference to Minneapolis.
The address I needed is certainly hidden there among those thousands of links, but where? What I need is help in searching, so I wrote "How to Search the internet" in the box at the top of the screen. This time I got an offer of a laminated instruction sheet on how to search to put on my computer screen. Cost $29.75.
Ratz. I gave up and wrote this.
What I need is a simple tutorial on how to search. I know it can be done, because school kids are doing it all the time, and turning in their results as term papers. But they are kids of this century. I was born too soon. I was born in the "ask the operator" era. In fact, in those days you didn't look up numbers at all. You picked up the phone and said, "I want to talk to Minnie Smith in Minneapolis," and you were connected. It took a little time, and it cost a little more than dialing direct, but it saved a lot of searching, and you didn't have to know ANYTHING.