Trying to find someone online? You don't need to belong to expensive genealogy websites in order to find information on people. In fact, there are several good techniques you can use online that won't cost you a dime As long as you know someone’s name, email address, or phone number, there’s a good chance you can find out what you’re looking for.
A good place to start is people search. There are several online phone books that you can use to help locate old acquaintances or relatives, and online sites like Zillow.com can help find addresses through property tax records, which are also available online. Missingmoney.org can find unclaimed assets, Clearhq.org will help locate people who have had professional licenses issued to them and Pacer.gov can show you bankruptcy records.
The next step is to search vital and criminal records. Vital records like birth and death certificates can be acquired online through sites like Familysearch.org and Vitalrec.com. For criminal records, search inmate records at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website or check on sex offender registries at Familywatchdog.us. You can also see what your local courthouse has to offer, though not all records are open to the public.
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