NOTE: This blog post was written in 2010. DirtSearch seems to still work as of February 2014, but it's a little bit hit or miss. Try this hub of free people search resources if you aren't having any luck.
DirtSearch is a new(ish) search engine that focuses only on public records that are freely available online, much like Zabasearch or Spokeo. Simply type the name of the person you're looking for into the DirtSearch search field, and within a few minutes (it seriously does take a few minutes, so be patient!), you'll see a list of links to public records.
DirtSearch doesn't do anything special to obtain this information; it's just collating it all in one convenient location from many different points on the Web: public records databases, state records, phone directories, etc. In other words, DirtSearch simply serves as a search engine by locating publicly available records and does not actually create, store, or do anything illegal to present searchers with this information. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Don't like your information out there? There are a number of ways you can prevent your information from being publicly accessible via the Web, including hiding your online identity, anonymous surfing, and keeping your searches private.
More ways to track down free public records on the Web