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The Manual to Online Public Records

The master guide to researching public records and public information online.

By Michael Sankey,

Cynthia Hetherington,

ISBN: 9781889150628

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The MASTER GUIDE to Researching Public Records and Public Information Online The Manual to Online Public Records will lead you to many, many diverse and accurate sources of records. The goal is to provide resources, facts, and best practices to improve your business operations or your public record searching. The information in this book goes well beyond a discussion of what is merely found online; it dissects many facets and techniques about finding detailed information on people and businesses. The authors share their expertise for conducting online research to uncover well-hidden facts and secrets. •Evaluate! How to evaluate online sites and online vendors; how to spot red flag sites with little value. •Tap Into Social Networks! Use advanced strategies to search Social Network sites for hard-to-find public information. •Insider Secrets! Discover the best online resources by data topic with Insider Searching Tips. •Comprehensive! Contains over 16,000 direct sources of public records at the county, state, and federal levels. •Find Private Sources! The nation's elite public record vendors are conveniently categorized to help you find the right source for the right search. "This useful resource is applicable not only to intelligence, security, and investigation professionals, but also to everyday consumers looking for a primary "how to" resource for performing online research." Lester R Rosen Esq., Founder of Employment Screening Resources, Inc. TABLE OF CONTENTS The Read Me Page................................................................................................1 1. Online Public Record Fundamentals and Site Evaluation Techniques....3 The Types of Data You Will Find Online; Part One - Where to Find Public Records; A. Searching Government Agency Sources: Record Indexing and the Importance of Identifiers; About Record Fees and Charges; Subscription Accounts or Pay as You Go: B. Searching Private Sector Sources - Record Vendors; About Distributors and Gateways; Web Data Extraction (a.k.a. Screen Scraping) and Online Public Records; Search Firms; Verification Firms; Record Retrievers; Know the Difference Between Consumer and Professional Vendor Sites; About Consumer-Oriented Sites; About Professional Oriented Sites Part Two - How to Evaluate the Accuracy and Value of Online Record Content; Are the Correct Questions Being Asked?; Analyze the Search Mechanics; Analyze the Viewable Data; Analyze the Disclaimer; Putting it Altogether 2. Using Search Engines For Locating Public Information..........................17 The Reliance on Search Engines; Getting the Most Out of Google; Other Useful Google Tools; Other Worthy Search Engines; Using eBay.com; Craigslist Searching; SearchTempest.com & Claz.org; Bing.com; Zoominfo.com; Wayback Machine on Archive.org; Summary 3. Researching Social Networks.....................................................................33 The Quest for Public Exposure; Facebook; Pinterest; Instagram; Myspace; Blog.com; Linkedin; Twitter; Flickr; Using Search Engines to Find Social Network Users and Information; Pipl; Yoname; Lococitato; Other Recommended Search Engines; Using Search Engines to Find Content; Icerocket; Technorati; SocialMention; Kurrently; Bing.com/Social; Summary 4. Resources and Search Tips by Topic........................................................49 Archives; Aviation Records; Banks & Financial Institutions; Business Entity Records; Copyrights; Court Records (includes civil, criminal, etc. records); Court Records of Native Americans; Court Records on Statewide Judicial Systems; Criminal Records at State Repositories; Elections: Candidates, PACs, Lobbyists, and Voters; Environmental Information; Federal Agencies; Federal Sanctions & Watch Lists; Genealogy Resources; GIS and Mapping; Incarceration Records; Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Records; Media Resources; Military Records; Missing Persons; Most Wanted Lists; Motor Vehicle Records (includes drivers, vehicles, vessels, accident reports, etc.); Occupations & Licensing Boards; Patents; Privacy and Privacy Rights Resources; Recalls, Products and Safety; ii The Manual to Online Public Records Recorded Documents, Judgments, and Liens (includes UCC filings); Securities and Securities Dealers; Sexual Offender Registries; Tax Assessor and Collector Records; Telephone Numbers; Trademarks & Service Marks; Unclaimed Funds; Vital Records (includes SSA Death Index and Obituaries); Voter Registration; Workers’ Compensation; World Wide Web 5. Online Public Record Database Vendors................................................100 Advantages Online Public Record Vendors Provide; Types of Public Record Vendors; Vendors and Privacy Concerns; Beware of Instant Web-Based Background Checks; Where to Find a Vendor; Resource Lists of Selected Vendors By Topic 6. State and Local Government Online Sources.........................................113 51 state chapters with profiles of these online record providers: major state agencies, occupational licensing boards, state and local courts, assessors and recorders 7. Searching Federal Court Records............................................................615 Federal Court Structure; How Federal Trial Court Case Records are Organized; Case Assignments and Court Locations: Electronic Access - CM/ECF and PACER: Bankruptcy Records and the Multi-Court Voice Case Information Syatem (McVCIS); Federal Court Record Searching Hints; What to do When Record Search Results Do Not Include Identifiers; Obtaining Closed Case Files and the Federal Records Centers; Other Federal Courts; Meet the Authors..............................................................................................620 PUBLISHED: October 2016 Paper Pages: 624

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