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2011 - Mining Public Records (Handout) - McMahan


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Handout for Jennifer McMahan's "Mining Public Records" presentation at the 2011 SLA Conference.

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2011 - Mining Public Records (Handout) - McMahan

  1. 1. Public Records Resources Online : How to Find Everything There Is to Know About "Mr./Ms. X" *Note: Lexis/Westlaw links require a subscription, as do a few other sites, noted in the text with $. Please see disclaimer.Summary of public records on Mr./Ms. X ...• Smartlinx Reports on or• CLEAR (formerly Choicepoint/AutoTrackXP)• Westlaw PUBRECS-XX (Where XX is the two-letter abbreviation) and PEOPLE-ALL.His/her social security number is ...• SSN Validator• Selective Service Online Verification was born or died ...• Social Security Death Records at: RootsWeb, and• Death Indexes Online and Find a Grave• Westlaw Death Records (DEATH-ALL) and Obituaries (OBITPAGE). Also state files for KY, MA, MI, MN, MT, and NC. (DECEASED-XX).• Lexis Smartlinx and Death Records.• VitalChek and VitalRec (some content $).• National Obituary Archive, ObitsArchive, Obituaries 101 and Obituary Daily Times Also, see News section, on p. 4.• was married or divorced ...• Lexis Marriage License Records for selected states.• Westlaw Marriage Records for CO, CT, FL, IN, KS, ME, MN, NV, OH, OK, TX, WI (MARRIAGE-XX)• Lexis Divorce Records for selected states. Also try Courtlink Dockets Search.• Westlaw Divorce Records for AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NY, NV, NC, OH, OK, OR, , PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI. (DIVORCE-XX). Also try DOCK-ALL and ADVERSE-ALL.• Marriage Records sites: CA KY, ME, TX, WV, Western States, GenWed, RootsWeb, SearchEngineZ• Divorce Records sites: KY, TX, RootsWeb, SearchEngineZ• VitalChek and VitalRec (some content $).
  2. 2. He/she lives or lived ...• Superpages, Infobel, Ultimates, Switchboard, Canada 411, Yahoo!, MelissaDATA• NumberingPlans, FoneFinder, Intelius Cell Phone Directory, Area Code Decoder• Westlaw Public Records tab - People Finder databases.• Lexis People Finder and Military Personnel Finder (updated through 05/01).• Virtual Chase People Finder Guide• National Address Server, Mail Drops Database, USPS Zip Code Lookup, Geographic Names Information System, Yahoo! Local, Google Maps and Local owns or is licensed to drive ...• Westlaw Public Records tab - Asset databases.• Lexis SmartLinx Location Summary Reports and individual asset databases.• DMV Offices• National Insurance Crime Bureau VINCheck• NETR Real Property Records Online, for parts of CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, VA and Appraisal Resource for parts of CT, RI, and MA.• Courthouse Direct Real Property Documents $.• Zillow, Trulia, TerraFly Property & Neighborhood Information and Yahoo! - Real Estate Assessment• BLM Federal Land Patent Records• FAA Databases and Aircraft Ownership Records• BINDatabase and Bank Account Resources• Public Records Directory• Search Systems - - has foreign public records sourcesHe/she is a licensed ...• Professional License Verifier• Westlaw Professional Licenses (LICENSE-ALL), Medical (MEDLICENSE-ALL), Attorneys (ATTYLICENSE- ALL), Accountants (ACCTLICENSE-ALL), DEA Records (DEA), FAA Records (FAA), Hunting and Fishing Licenses (HUNTFISH-ALL), Concealed Weapons Licenses (selected states - CCW-ALL).• Lexis Professional Licenses, Health Care Providers, Health Care Provider Sanctions, DEA Registrants, FCC Licenses, Tax Professionals and Hunting & Fishing Licenses.• Expert Witnesses Guide [Internal only]• State Lawyer Licensing Databases, Thomson Legal Record, Attorney Information links , Westlaw ATTYLICENSE-ALL, or Disciplined Attorneys Search National Lawyer Regulatory Data Bank $. 2
  3. 3. • Foreign Registered Agents Search corporate affiliations ...• Guide to Corporation Records by State [internal only].• Westlaw Executive Affiliations (EA-ALL).• Lexis Duns Market Identifiers, SEC Filings, and Executive Directories.• ZoomInfo, People search, and Ziggs about his/her companies or charities ...• Guide to Corporation Records by State and Company Research Guide [internal only].• Dun & Bradstreet Business or Federal Information Reports $.• Lexis Smartlinx Business Reports, Company Analyzer, Experian Reports, SEC Filings, Bankruptcy Filings, UCC Filings, Judgments and Liens, Civil and Criminal Filings, Guidestar, and OSHA Inspection Reports.• Westlaw Corporate Filings (CORP-ALL), Fictitious Names (FBN-ALL), Corporate Litigation Prep (LITPREP- ALL), Name Availability (NA-ALL), Business Finders (BUSFIND-ALL), SEC Filings (EDGAR), Adverse Filings (ADVERSE-ALL), Bankruptcy Filings (BKR-ALL), UCC Filings (UCC-ALL), and Lawsuits (LS-ALL).• SEC Edgar, SECInfo, and CORI Contract Information Database• ThomasNet• Customs Rulings Database• Insurance Company Search• FCC Telecommunications Company Database• Federal Central Contractor Registration, Government Contracts Won (DOD only),, GSA Excluded Parties Database, POGO Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, OMB Watch, and HHS OIG Excluded Individuals / Entities• OFAC List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, BIS Denied Persons, World Bank Listing of Ineligible Firms, UK Financial Sanctions• Commodity Futures - Background Affiliation Status Information and Case Status Reports (CFTC fraud investigations).• FINRA BrokerCheck• FDIC Failed Banks List• Stock Transfer Agent Database• Pension and Benefit Data (free registration required).• Patents & Trademarks• AFL-CIO Job Quality Database• Foundation Center 990 Finder, Guidestar Charity Search, Americas Charities, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance NASCO State Charity Agencies List court records and filings ...• Guide to Court Resources Lexis Courtlink and WestDockets• Pacer Case Locator $. 3
  4. 4. • Westlaw: Dockets, Adverse Filings (ADVERSE-ALL), Bankruptcies (BKR-ALL), UCCs (UCC-ALL), Lawsuits (LS-ALL), Criminal Records (CRIM-ALL), Arrest Records (ARREST-ALL), Liens and Judgments (LJ-ALL), Jury Verdicts (JV-ALL), and Office of Foreign Assets Control - Blocked Persons (OFAC).• Lexis: Courtlink, Bankruptcy Filings, Judgments and Liens, UCC Filings, Civil and Criminal Filings, Criminal Records, Jury Verdicts, Federal Agency Decisions, and OFAC - Blocked Persons.• Web criminal records sites: BOP Inmate Locator, National Sex Offender Registry, Inmate Locators on the Web, and Vinelink• Article on Criminal Background checks• Public Records Directory Web site or E-mail address ...• Fagan Finder URLinfo and• ARIN WHOIS Database Search,,, IP Address Guide, and WhoIs Company Web Site Lookup• DNS Stuff, Trace Route, DNS 411,• Fingering Email Accounts• My Email Address Is, Internet Address Finder search.html, and Ultimate E-mail Directory• Use Google and search for: "email *" or "email **" to find someones e-mail address. (Try e-mail also).• WayBack Machine went to college ...• Web U.S. Universities, by State• (registration required)• DegreeVerify - National Student Clearinghouse $• Dissertation/Theses searches: WorldCat $, Proquest Digital Dissertations $, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database about him/her in the News ...• Lexis All News, All Languages Database• Westlaw AllNewsPlus Database• Newsbank $• Proquest Historical Newspapers $• Google News Archive• Search for free. Fulltext $• Historical Newspapers Online• Newspaper Digitization Projects• 4
  5. 5. His/her voter registration and campaign contributions ...• Westlaw Voter Registrations (VOTERS-ALL) and Political Donors (POLITICAL-DONORS)• Lexis Voter Registrations• Campaign Finance Information Center• FEC Databases OpenSecrets,, Follow the Money, Project Vote Smart, and PoliticalMoneyLine• IRS Political Organization Filing & Disclosure,,id=109644,00.html.• State Voter Registration Verification Web Sites• Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, House Database, Lobbying Database, Lobby Search, Lobbyist Directory about him/her on the Web ...• Google, Yahoo!,, and Bing• ZoomInfo, Pipl, Wink, MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, and other Social Networking Sites• Google Groups, Omgili Discussions Search, Search IRC, Zuula Blog Search, Technorati, IceRocket, and Boardreader• Google Video, Yahoo! Video, YouTube, VideoSurf, and Truveo General Sources See Internet version for descriptionsAccess to Archival Databases System Search Blog Book Online D. Ball Locate Toolbox - Public Records Record Finder 5
  6. 6. Public Record Research Library Records Directory Records USA Lookup Directories Systems Officials Secrets Gumshoe Updated May 23, 2011 by Jennifer L. McMahan* Disclaimer of Endorsement: Reference in this publication to any specific commercial products,processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name does not constituteendorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Department of Justice. The views and opinions ofauthors expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice, andagreement with those views may not be implied in advertising. The Department of Justice makes noclaims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of thispublication and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in this publication. 6