How to find owner information for a website domain

I had a friend (Anette) ask me: I want to find out who owns a website-is there anyway of getting a name / address / phone # for that person?

There’s websites that help you find the contact information for any given website. Most websites you can find doing a Google search for domain lookup, but they don’t tell you a phone number, address, etc. They tell you who hosts that website and what DNS records they use, etc.

http://www.betterwhois.com/ will show you lots of detail. For example. If you search for who owns microsoft.com is shown at the bottom of this blog after the ======
This website unfortunately doesn’t work for .ca domains. It only searches for .com, .biz, .net, .info, .org domains.

http://www.cira.ca/ is supposed to give a list for .ca domains but doesn’t include as much information as http://www.betterwhois.com/ although, with the information you do get, you can use that as a starting point and go to that host they are with to get more information. They will co-operate if it’s for a good reason and release the information to you or at least to local law enforcement, should it be for legal reasons.

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Domain Name………. microsoft.com
Creation Date…….. 1991-05-02
Registration Date…. 2009-10-06
Expiry Date………. 2015-05-04
Organisation Name…. Microsoft Corporation
Organisation Address. One Microsoft Way
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Redmond
Organisation Address. 98052
Organisation Address. WA
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name……….. Administrator .
Admin Address…….. One Microsoft Way
Admin Address……..
Admin Address…….. Redmond
Admin Address…….. 98052
Admin Address…….. WA
Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
Admin Email………. domains@microsoft.com
Admin Phone………. +1.4258828080
Admin Fax…………

Tech Name………… Hostmaster .
Tech Address……… One Microsoft Way
Tech Address………
Tech Address……… Redmond
Tech Address……… 98052
Tech Address……… WA
Tech Address……… UNITED STATES
Tech Email……….. msnhst@microsoft.com
Tech Phone……….. +1.4258828080
Tech Fax………….
Name Server………. NS2.MSFT.NET
Name Server………. NS4.MSFT.NET
Name Server………. NS1.MSFT.NET
Name Server………. NS5.MSFT.NET
Name Server………. NS3.MSFT.NET

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