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If is possible to find out which nameservers a domain was previously pointing too? I need to try and find where a domain was previously hosted so that I can try and gain access to an old hosted email account.

Any ideas?

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This one is really cool . No registration needed .

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WhoisRequest.org is really cool, thank you for that link. –  nacholibre May 13 '13 at 10:32
Only works for com, net, org, info, biz and us domains. For others try using dnshistory.org –  Professor Falken Jun 2 at 22:11


Seems to have a patchy history, all for free.

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I am unable to find history of my domain –  Nick May 23 '13 at 9:20

Not really, no - I'm not aware of any Wayback Machine for DNS records, but it'd be cool if I was wrong.

Do you have any old emails with full headers to or from that domain? Transport headers may be your only hope.

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Good news @shane-madden! You are wrong! I found a WHOIS History Function on domaintools.com that saved the day. It is one of their Pro tools unfortunately so you have to pay for it but they do offer a free 3 day trial which helped me out on this occasion. –  Luke McCallum Oct 27 '11 at 3:37
@Luke, it's worth noting that their database is extremely incomplete, as it was built on the fly based on lookups passing through their systems. As a result, it's somewhat useable for US domains but very nearly useless for 90% of the world. –  John Gardeniers Oct 27 '11 at 4:48

For .se domains, the DNSCheck tool checks if the previous DNS servers are still authoritative, which means you can see what they were in the "Advanced Results" tab.

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I found a WHOIS History Function on domaintools.com that lets you view a pretty comprehensive history of the domains whois changes. It is a part of their Pro tools however which does come at a cost.

It may not have info on the entire web but it helped in in this case.

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This site helped a us out when one of the techs moved our soa to another host and didn't verify the A records


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Why is this downvoted? Is it malicious? –  Ross Rogers Dec 12 at 0:12

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