How to Search Free Public Records

By Techwalla Contributor

Searching for public records can differ depending on what state and city you reside in. Most government public records are now kept online. So, if your wanting to do your own background search on someone, don't get upset if you don't find records right away.

Step 1

First, you should obtain any and all information that you can on the person. Name, address, phone number..etc. Find out all the information that you can on that certain person before searching for background records or criminal records.Never underestimate the power of your local library. You can find many local public records through old newspaper clippings and articles. Start your search there.

Step 2

Use Google to look up a person's name, address, or phone number. You might be surprised at what comes up. Google is one of the world's largest databases of information.

Step 3

Vital Records is a great website devoted to public record search. VitalRec does not automatically link you to the information but allows you to search by city and state. This website will put all the information you need to find vital records in one convenient place.

Step 4

Obituary Searches can be harder to find. I would say if it's a local person, head to your local libraries. Most index all old newspaper articles. Also, there are sites online for searching obituaries. can aid you in your search. can also provide you with information on cemeteries in your area.

Step 5

Also, you should check with Government's Official Search engine that can provide you with large databases of information. This can open huge portals to the United States government, state governments, and local government's public records.

Tips & Warnings

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