The Source Book to Public Record Information

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This work profiles some 20,000 government agencies in the United States that house public records. Entries provide information on all levels of government from local to federal. Categories of records covered include business records, lien and security interest records, legal records on individuals, credit information and social security numbers (!), legislation and regulations, hazards to the environment, medical records, and military records. Entries provide addresses and contact numbers as well as providing ...
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Overview

This work profiles some 20,000 government agencies in the United States that house public records. Entries provide information on all levels of government from local to federal. Categories of records covered include business records, lien and security interest records, legal records on individuals, credit information and social security numbers (!), legislation and regulations, hazards to the environment, medical records, and military records. Entries provide addresses and contact numbers as well as providing some brief explanation of the types of records kept, how they are kept, and methods of record retrieval. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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As stated in the introduction, "Public records are often perceived as mysterious, difficult to access and hard to decipher." But this revised, updated fourth edition can alleviate those problems. Produced by the publisher of top-notch public record directories, this indispensable reference profiles more than 20,000 record-keeping agencies and reflects thousands of hours of research. More than a directory, it also includes access procedures, restriction fees, and turnaround times. Compared with recent editions, it places greater stress on online access, web addresses, area code changes, access procedure changes, and new zip codes. Sections have been revised to eliminate obsolete information, include updated information, and provide searching hints. Numerous Internet resources are provided, with the section for searching federal records online proving to be an especially good source, with lots of useful links and relevant background information. The book may seem rather intimidating at first glance, but it is clear and concise, relatively easy to use, and aimed at the nonspecialist. The two-part layout, "Public Records" and "Individual State Resources," is especially helpful. Although the information here may be found in other resources, this expansive, accessible, and timesaving compilation is a valuable ready-reference tool. Recommended for academic, public, and law libraries as well as genealogical research collections and social agencies.-Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879792685
  • Publisher: BRB Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1600
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
How This Book is Organized 3
Section I Public Record Primer 6
Public Records Unveiled 7
Definition of Public Records 7
Public vs. Private vs. Personal 7
How Personal Information Enters the Public Domain 8
Where Public Records are Held 8
The Common Methods Used to Access Public Records 9
Using the Freedom of Information Act and Other Acts 10
Fees, Charges, and Usage 10
The Myth of Searching Public Records Online 10
Public Record & Public Information Categories 11
Business Records 11
Lien and Security Interest Records 12
Important Individual Records 13
Credit Information and Social Security Numbers 16
Additional Record Sources Worth Reviewing 17
More About Searching for State Agency Records 19
Major State Offices 19
Understanding the State Agency Profiles 20
Special Situations in State Records 20
Searching State Occupational Licensing Boards 21
The Privacy Question 21
How to Use the State Licenses Section 21
State Records Search Fees 22
Search Tip--Distinguish the Type of Agency 22
Other Forms of Licensing & Registration 23
Other Available State Public Record Information 24
Searching Federal Court Records 25
Federal Court Structure 25
How Federal Trial Courts are Organized 26
Electronic Access to Federal Courts 27
Federal Courts Searching Hints 29
Federal Records Centers and the National Archives 30
Searching Other Federal Records Online 33
EDGAR 33
Aviation Records 34
Military Records 34
US Government Gateways 35
Best US Federal Government Web Sites 37
Searching County Court Records 41
The County Court Records Sections 41
Reading the State Court Charts 42
Reading the Court Profiles 42
Some Court Basics 44
State Court Structure 44
Types of Litigation in Trial Courts 45
How Courts Maintain Records 45
Searching Recording Office Records 47
The Lowdown on Recorded Documents 47
How the Recording Offices Section is Organized 48
Recording Office Searching Rules 48
Special Categories of Collateral 48
The Importance of Revised Article 9 49
The Old Article 9 UCC Locator Chart 51
Using the County Locator Section 53
Using ZIP Codes When Searching for Public Records 53
Motor Vehicle Records and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act 55
Personal Information and the Permissible Uses 55
Using a Public Record Vendor 57
Hiring Someone to Obtain the Record 57
Which Type of Vendor is Right for You? 58
10 Questions to Ask an Online Vendor 59
Section II Public Records by State 63
51 State Chapters
Each State Chapter is Organized as Follows
1. State Agencies
2. State Licensing Boards
3. Federal Courts
4. County Courts
5. Recording Offices
6. County Locator
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