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No One Is Anonymous

Mar 28, 2008
There was a time when finding information on virtually anyone in the world would seem like a ludicrous idea. Even today, the thought of finding any person in the world seems a little far fetched. But the creation of the Internet has enabled information to spread and culminate much faster than ever before: and as a result, almost no one holds an anonymity shield to protect their information.

Common Public Record Sources

In order to find information on someone, one will need to take advantage of several public sources of information. In most cases these sources are free, but as we'll find out later, some entities seek to charge investigators fees for some types of information.

Criminal background checks are made public so employers and residents know of possible shortcomings of an individual. In the case of sexual offenders, they must register and neighbors must be made aware of the criminal acts they have committed in the past. Because a large amount of people commit crimes each year, searching criminal records is one of the easiest ways to find information on certain individuals.

But if there is no possibility the individual has had a less than pristine criminal history, one can often find results by searching obituaries. When a family member dies, their information and the information of their immediate family are displayed online and in newspapers of the surrounding area. This gives leads to possible whereabouts and contact information of family members of the deceased, which can help in uncover more information about the individual in question.

Next, try searching online phone books for more information. If you have the phone number, you may do a reverse phone lookup to find the corresponding location and name of the person. Obviously if you have the name or location, you can also find the phone number as a result. These phone books should be absolutely free- so be careful of websites that make you pay for results.

Another way to find a lead is to search a licenses database. If the individual has a license in medicine, law, or other related fields- you can bet that you can find their information with relative ease over the Internet. This method would, of course, demand that the person have a license- so this method isn't always the best.

If it comes down to it, search engines such as Google can help find leads to public records. If everything thus far has failed, some services offer people finder services that demand money in exchange for results. But the fee is often minimal, and these services often employ expert investigative help that is necessary when public records resources fail.

Final Thoughts on Public Records

Public records will, in most cases, turn a result as to whom or what you are seeking. In the odd event that public records fail your cause, some paid services can be purchased online that take the investigation one step further. But, as you can see, there are plenty of free options to choose from before a paid alternative is necessary.

Be wary of services that claim to be a free people finder service. Often, this is a result of false advertising. But as you have a good number of public records resources at your fingertips it's likely that employing paid investigative help won't be a problem. things!
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