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Get Your Marriage License!

July 31st, 2015 · New York, Pennsylvania

Since the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a number of couples will need to apply for a marriage license.  If you’re one of those couples, you can use our website to research where to apply, the license fee, whether there is a waiting period, what identification is required, and more, including Judge performed ceremonies, available in certain states.

If you are planning your wedding, be sure to apply for your marriage license early.  Many states require you to be a resident in the county where the ceremony will be held.  Other states such as Hawaii and Las Vegas don’t have resident requirements but may have waiting periods.  Generally, marriage licenses are obtained from county offices.  Many counties offer online information in order to simplify the process including online marriage license applications and worksheets.

1.  To get started.  On our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page, choose “Marriage Records” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”

2. Choose your state. On our “Marriage Records Resources” page, you can access marriage license procedures and marriage license contact information for each county in all 50 states.  Let’s choose Pennsylvania, as an example.  Click on “Pennsylvania” for the “Pennsylvania Marriage Records Directory” main page.

3. Choose a county or city.  On this page, click on Allegheny County “Marriage Licenses.”  On the county’s website, you can access an online “marriage license application.”  Once the application has been completed and emailed to the Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau, both parties must appear together in person to finalize the application.  There is a three day waiting period and the license must be used within sixty days.  The website provides detailed step-by-step instructions.

4. Return to “Pennsylvania Marriage Records Directory” page. When you’ve finished reviewing a specific county link, click on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner.  This will return to “Pennsylvania Marriage Records Directory” page in order to research other county marriage license links.

5. Return to main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. When you have completed your marriage license research for a specific state, you can click on “Home” in the upper left hand corner.  On this page, “Free Public Records Search Directory,” you’ll have the option to conduct other types of research by state or type of record or continue your marriage license research for another state.

6. Choose another state.   For instance, click on “Marriage Licenses” and then “New York” to access the New York County “Marriage Licenses” link for information about obtaining a marriage license in New York City including a new FAQ page for same-sex couples.  Click on “Return to Results” to return to the main “New York Marriage Records Directory” page.

7. Access other record types.  Click on “Home” in the upper left hand corner, to return to the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. Click on the type of record or a specific state in order to access other available public record links including birth records and divorce records, which you may need in order to apply for your marriage license.

Using the above easy to follow instructions, research your state marriage license requirements so that you can obtain your marriage license smoothly and in plenty of time for your upcoming wedding!

Please check out our past blog articles and watch for future articles for detailed instructions about using our website to research a variety of subjects and public records.




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Louisiana Permits and Inspections

June 25th, 2015 · Louisiana

Are there areas in your town or city that have become unsightly due to abandoned cars, buildings in disrepair or extremely overgrown yards and you wish something could be done about it? One Louisiana Parish is currently taking the necessary steps to get an area of its Parish cleaned up. According to an article entitled “Jefferson Parish planning Thursday code sweep in Harvey,” by Ben Myers, The Times Picayune, June 22, 2015, code inspectors for Jefferson Parish planned an inspection on June 25, 2015, of Harvey, a census-designated area on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The purpose of the inspection is to issue citations for overgrown grass, trash, debris, broken down cars, and buildings in disrepair.

If this is an issue that affects your area, using our “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory,” you can access a number of Parish code enforcement websites.

The following information will guide you through the steps to easily access various permit and code enforcement related sites, using Louisiana, as an example.

1. Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. On our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page, click on the “Louisiana” link.
2. “Louisiana Free Public Records Directory” page. On this page “Louisiana Free Public Records Directory” page, click on “Choose a Category” and choose “Permits and Inspections.”
3. Choose a link. On the “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory” main page, scroll to a particular Parish to determine if online information is available. If so, click on the desired link.
4. Link Examples. If you live in Jefferson Parish and have reported a code violation, you can check on the status of your complaint online by complaint number or address using the “Code Violation Complaint Status” link. The City of New Orleans “Code Enforcement Documents” website offers access to the Office of Code Enforcement, where you can report a blighted property, view an explanation of how the report will be handled, access the City’s online blighted properties database, and more.
5. Return to results page. When you have finished viewing a chosen link, click on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner of the page. This will return to the main “Louisiana Permits and Inspections Directory” page for access to the other available permit links.
6. Return to main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page. When you have completed your permit research, you can click on “Home” or “Free Searches,” located in the upper left hand corner of the page, in order to choose another public record type or state to research on the “Free Public Records Search Directory” page.

This article highlighted code enforcement issues in Louisiana; however you can access many types of permits and inspections for all 50 states by choosing your specific state, as outlined in step 1 above. Our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page offers access to a variety of public records sorted by state or record type. Please check out our previous articles regarding the many ways our website can be used for your research needs including step-by-step instructions for some of our most used public record searches.

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Recorded Document Search

May 28th, 2015 · California, Using Public Records

Do you need a copy of the deed to your home, a copy of your mortgage papers, or another type of recorded document but don’t know where to look? There is an office that handles recorded land records in every county, city or town, depending on the state.  In some states, it is the Recorder’s Office, in some states it is the Clerk’s Office, and in some states it is the Register of Deeds Office.

Many counties, towns and cities offer online access to recorded documents, others offer online access to the index of records with image copies available for a fee, and other municipalities offer documents through a paid subscription.  Using our “Land Records and Deeds Resources” page, you can access the County recording office for your state.  In all cases, we provide contact information for all of the recording offices and provide any available links for online searches.

Accessing Land Records.  The following information will guide you through the steps to easily conduct a recorded document search.

1.  Main Page.  On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on “Land Records and Deeds” link under the heading “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”

2.  Choose State.  On the “Land Records and Deeds Resources” main page, choose your particular state.  As an example, click on the California link to navigate to “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page.

3.  Search by County.  On the “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page or the page for your particular state, you can scroll down to your specific county.  If your county offers online access, click on the “Recorded Document Search” link.  For this example, click on the Fresno County “Recorded Document Search” link.

On this page, choose the “Search Recorded Documents” link which provides searches by:

  • Last Name or Business Name
  • First and Middle Name
  • Start Date and End Date
  • Document Number and Record Year
  • Type of Document

The information provided includes:

  • Year Recorded
  • Document Recording Number
  • Record Date
  • Document Type
  • Number of Pages
  • Name of Grantor and Name of Grantee

4.  Return to Main Land Records Page.  When you are done with your research, click on the back button until you arrive at the “California Land Records and Deeds Directory” main page.  You can search additional County records or return to the main “Land Records and Deeds Resources” page by using the back button on your browser, in order to search other state land records.

5.  Return to Main Free Public Records Page.  When you are through conducting your land records research, choose “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left corner of the page, in order to access our “Free Public Records Research Directory” page.

On our main “Free Public Records Research Directory” page, you can access links for a variety of public records.  In addition to public record links, we also provide how to resources such as how to obtain a marriage license, how to apply for a business license or contractor’s license, how to apply for a government job, and much more.  Please watch for future articles which will provide useful tips for accessing our comprehensive list of resources.



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