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How to Use “Free Public Records Search Directory”

October 21st, 2014 · Texas, Using Public Records

If you are looking to research free public records, our “Free Public Records Search Directory” can help you find the information you need in a quick and easy manner. Since understanding public records can be overwhelming, Online Searches has answered  many of your most frequently asked questions to help you navigate our site and to simplify your search.

What is a public record?

A public record is any information, minutes, files, maps, accounts or other records that a government agency is required to maintain and make accessible to the public.  Examples of public records include land records, birth and death records, election records, laws and codes, court records, and more.

What is “Free Public Records Search Directory?”

Online Searches is a free tool that provides thousands of links to free public records in every state and county in the United States. The links are updated on an ongoing basis to ensure the most recent and accurate information.

How can the public records be searched?

Users can search public records by state, county or city. Additionally, users can search public records by choosing a specific type of record. The website’s main page provides a list of the states and record types including:

  • Assessor and Property Tax Records
  • Land Records and Deeds
  • Warrants
  • and many more.

How do I start?

The following steps explain how to search for a free public record by record type category, using warrants in Texas, as an example.

1. Choose the type of record.  Once you choose your desired record type, you will be redirected to a page that lists all 50 states and all available national links for that record type. “Warrants

2. Description of record. On the specific record page, there is a written description  and detailed information about the record, how it is generally handled by states and counties, and how best to search for that type of record. “About Warrant Records

3. National links. All national links on a specific record page can be found below the list of states. A national link is described as a link that connects to a website provided by the U.S. government. Click on a national link to be directed to the actual website. “DEA Fugitives

4. Return to Results. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner, to return to the prior specific record page.

5. State links. Click on a specific state to access the webpage with all of the available links for that type of record within that state. This page includes links to state, county and city websites for the chosen state. “Texas

6. Choose a link. Select a link to your desired public record website. Here you will find information that may include details about the record, contact information, or searchable information. “Dallas County – Traffic Citation Warrants

7. Return to record page. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the prior specific state page. “ Warrant Resources in Texas

8. Return to main page. If you’d like to return to our main page for additional searches, you can choose either “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left hand corner. On both pages, you can choose another state or record type, as explained in step 1 above.

Congratulations! If you have read and followed the steps above, you are ready to begin using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” for your own research needs.

For further information about using our site, please see our blog article entitled “Check out Our Website for Your Research Needs.” If you have any questions regarding the site or any suggestions regarding its content, please let us know in the comments field below.

We look forward to developing our website as a resource that users can depend on as the most reliable and efficient public records research site available.Watch for future articles about some of our most popular search requests!

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Is Your Child’s College Campus Safe?

August 24th, 2014 · Uncategorized

At this time of year, parents are preparing to send their sons or daughters off to college. One of the many concerns is how safe the college campus will be. Fortunately for parents and students, a number of steps have been taken to increase the safety on campuses all across the country.

In 1990, Congress passed a law named the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act,” also known as the “Clery Act.” The law has been amended several times since and requires both private and public colleges to keep and disclose crime statistics for crimes both on and near the campus. It also requires colleges to have a plan for community notification in the event of an emergency. All schools that receive federal financial aid must publish a report every fall covering the prior three years. The results of the reports are maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the Department of Education’s “National College Campus Crime Information” link on our “United States Free Public Records Directory” page.

The college crime information can be searched two ways either for one institution or for a group of colleges. You can search “one campus” by name of institution, city, state, size of enrollment or type of institution. The results include the type of criminal offense on campus, off campus and on nearby public property. You can search “a group of institutions” by state, type of institution, size of enrollment and program type.

Another way to search crime statistics near a college campus is through the “crime reports” website, also found on our main “U.S.” page. Using this website you can search crimes by address, crime type and date range.

Using the information obtained from the above links, and several other valuable sources of information including the U.S. News and World Reports article entitled “Ways Parents, Students can Research Campus Safety” by Briana Boyington, on June 16, 2014, and the “Jeanne Cleary Act Information” website, you can feel more informed and better prepared to make decisions about your child’s safety while attending college.

For other types of public information be sure to view our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, which can be searched by record type, and state, county or city.

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Search for a Licensed Professional

July 24th, 2014 · California, Florida, Missouri, New York, Ohio

Is there someone with a professional license that you would like to research or do you want to find a licensed professional in your area? If so, our “Professional License Records Resources” page contains a number of links for professional licenses such as accountants, architects, engineers, insurance agents, real estate agents, and more.

Our main “Professional License” page contains national links for “mortgage licensing,” “emergency medical technicians,” “brokerage firm brokers,” and others. In addition to the national links, most states offer online searches for a variety of professions. Here are some examples of available state links that you’ll find on our website.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs “license lookup” provides a search of professional licenses by company or individual, sorted by license type. On the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation “online services” website, you can search professional licenses by name, license number, city or county, or license type. Missouri Division of Professional Registration “licensee search” provides searches by county name, profession, licensee name or licensee number. New York State’s Office of Professions’ “verification searches” website is updated daily and offers searches by name, license number, permits by name and pharmacy establishments by name. On Ohio’s “Business Licenses and Permits” website, you can search a license, renew a license, or download an application for obtaining a license. These are just a few of the professional license links available on our website. 

A complete list of available records and links can be found on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website. Our website can be searched by state, county, city or type of record including land records, laws and codes, election information, and more. Depending on the types of records that you’re researching, you may be surprised by the number of online resources available.

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