Public Records

  • For a limited time, Ancestry.com is offering free access to a new database U.S. Wills and Probate records. The site claims its "never before available online...new and exclusive" collection contains  "more than 170 million documents from all 50 states."          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript...


  • Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects data from law enforcement agengies (at all levels) regarding crimes in their jurisdictions and compiles an annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The FBI describes the UCR this way: The FBI’s UCR Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal...


  • A new Minnesota criminal-record expungement law allows people convicted of misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and some nonviolent felonies to ask a judge to seal their criminal records. Once expunged, record of those convictions would no longer be available to members of the public or prospective employers requesting Minnesota Public Criminal History reports. Law enforcement agencies,...


  • The Dayton Business Journal has compiled a searchable database of salaries for employees of the State of Ohio. The database is searchable by: Name Job Title Agency/Department Gross Amount The newspaper obtained the data from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services through an Ohio Public Records Law (Freedom of Information Act) request. Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch will be presenting...


  • The Center for Digital Government has announced the winners of the 2014 Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA). The awards "recognize outstanding agency and department Web sites and projects at the application and infrastructure level. ALL United States and international GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - all levels and all countries - may enter their actively functioning,...


  • The popular Internet research manual “The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet” is now available as an e-book in the .epub and .mobi formats.   The retail price of the ebook is $49.95 at the publisher’s Web site -   http://linkon.in/1fAX8mU. Discounts are available to attendees of the authors live MCLE seminars (and other owners of print copies of the...


  • The Sunlight Foundation has created a searchable database of Congressional Staffers. The database, listing current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their current and past staff, is searchable by a variety of criteria, including: First Name Last Name Title Year/Quarter (back to the 3rd quarter of 2009) State Party Committee Offices The database can also be browsed by...


  • Rootsweb has removed the searchable Social Security Death Index (SSDI) from its site. The search form for this database has been replaced with the notification below. Follow us:        Share this article:     Updated, searchable versions of the SSDI will apparently remain available at pay sites (like Ancestry.com). As of this writing, the Mormon...


  •    The United Kingdom's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new, free patent search - Ipsum. Using Ipsum you can: View patent status View up to date information on patents Access some documents from published patent applications See which classifications and fields of search have been used Save your favorite patent applications in your bookmarks Get...


  • Intelius, the Web-based aggregator of public record and publicly available information, has launched a new subscription service that allows individuals and businesses the ability to view and analyze the information that is available online about them. The TrueRep service also allows subscribers to exert some (small) level of control over by suppressing contact information (address and...


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