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This site was created as a
guide to investigation of people
places and things on the free Internet.
The concepts remain the same, however the web sites do not.
That being the case, no new info or links will be added but links will be
updated or removed/disabled as warranted.
Site created 3/2004. Links updated 5/2008
|A COLLECTION OF SEARCH ENGINES|
|EVALUATING AVAILABLE RESOURCES|
The links on this page focus primarily on the free resources available on the web. However, many of the free resources have "premium" components or "enhanced" services for a fee. There are also people locator, public records and asset searches on a pay-per-search or subscription basis. You will need to evaluate the quality of information from these varied sources as compared to obtaining it from other resources to find the most suitable choice for your research needs.
A few of the subscription or pay services are:
When using the "free Internet"; that is, web sites that host or sponsor information at no charge, it is very important that you consider the source. Expert Researcher Genie Tyburski of Virtual Chase has some excellent suggestions you can employ in evaluating the quality of any web site:
|DISCOVERING FACTS ABOUT PEOPLE & BUSINESSES|
Develop an Approach:
Before commencing your factual research on the web, take some time to consider such points as:
You could bookmark a web page like this one which points to many other sites that offer many different types of data, or you might want to bookmark the specific hosts of the types of information you need.
Sometimes the best place to begin is with the people directory or "white pages" for lookups by name or a reverse directory for lookup by telephone number. Here are a few starters:
If the name is common you might need to add the name of the city as an additional key word in the query. If the name is fairly unique you should consider a search using just the last name.
If you know the person's employer, use a general search engine to locat the employer's web site or information about the employer. Sometimes this will provide direct or indirect references to the person you are researching.
In the various links below you will find other resources at which you could gather information about the person you are researching.
You might start by locating and reviewing the company's web site. Try going directly to their website by typing the company's name in your browser's address bar along the appropriate URL components.
After locating the company website, go back to the search engine and use the advanced features to find reference to the company (or its principals), excluding web pages originating from the company. It's a good opportunity to see what other's have to say.
|DATA RESEARCH ABOUT PEOPLE OR BUSINESSES|
Recorded Instruments & Vital Statistics, Etc.
- Birth, Marriage, Death, Recordings, Fictitious Business Names
Professional Licensing & Regulation - Here are are some starting points.
Political Campaign Contributions
City of Fresno Finance Department
Corporations & Partnerships & UCC Filings
Social Security Death Index
National Non-Profit Organizations
Other Online Databases: Trademarks, SEC, Corporations, and more
Public Records Resource Sites (sites with collections of links)
Real Property Records
Finding Experts for Your Case
|LOCATING SUBJECT MATTER INFORMATION|
Medical Information - Injuries, Illnesses, Pharmaceutical Reference
References, Encyclopedias, Etc.
|ODDS AND ENDS|
Making the most of your web research means more than just knowing a web site address (or URL). Get to know some of the configuration settings of your browser - Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, learn about the nuances of various search engines and learn a little about privacy issues related to just browsing the Internet. Here are some links to get you started:
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Resource Links for Factual Research
Secretary of State - Searches
Professional Licensing - Searches
Tentative Rulings / Dockets
Fictitious Business Name / Official Records
GIS Mapping Sites
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