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Public Records in the United States

For the purpose of the law, “public records” is defined as all documents, letters, papers, tapes, books, maps, photographs, recordings and other materials regardless of physical form, that are used, created, received, maintained or held by or on behalf of any public body and relate to public business.  Federal records have been made accessible to the public by the Federal "Freedom Of Information Act" or FOIA for short.

What types of public records are available?

  • Police/ Sheriffs [except ongoing investigations and sealed records]
  • Tax Collection/Services
  • Crime Stoppers/ Tip Lines
  • Contact Info and Addresses
  • Court Records:
  • Divorce records
  • Docket calendars
  • Estate records
  • Legal Documents
  • Property records
  • Wills, Deeds, and more.

Records that impact our environment:

  • Regulations
  • Public Notices
  • Records of mining and drilling.

Genealogy and family history information

  • Genealogical Societies
  • Historical Societies
  • History Museums
  • Archives
  • Biographies
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • Court Records
  • Military Records
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Obituaries
  • Vital Records

Government Documents open to the public:

  • Constitution
  • Laws and Codes
  • Unclaimed Property

Jail & Prison Records:

  • Fugitive / escapee information
  • Incident / offense reports
  • Inmate locators
  • Jail logs

Sex Offenders:

  • Current addresses
  • Data sheets and Photo's

Vital Records:

  • Birth, Death, and Marriage records.
  • AND MORE!!

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Ancestorhunt.com - Bible Records, Genealogy Search Engines, Obituary search, US and UK searches and more!

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Free Census Records - US, United Kingdom and Canada Census record links categorized down to the county level.

Free Genealogy Search Engines - free genealogy searches and sources by state.

Genealogy Links - Genealogy resources and guides for the united states.

GenWed.com - marriage records directory and database for genealogy research.

Newspaper Obituaries - RECENT newspaper obituaries for each state.

U.S. Genealogy - Genealogy resources and guides for the united states.