Monthly Archives: January 2010

Too Much Electronic Access?

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Public access to electronic information seems like a good thing, especially in the area of courts and court records. With more and more courts allowing public users online access to court records, court opinions, forms, legal research and other such information, the push for more electronic access seems the logical and correct way to go.

It seems however, that there is such a thing as too much electronic access in the court arena. Recent news articles highlight the issue of jurors using twitter to send instant reports during jury proceedings as well as jurors using facebook to not only communicate … Read More

Using National and State Archives to Find Public Records

The internet is a treasure trove of public record information.  Great sources for such information are national and state archives. Archives often store valuable geneology material such as vital records, military records and naturalization records, as well as historic photos, maps, land records, surveys, and voter and political records.

A number of the archives offer some of their collections for online review, while other items must be reviewed in person. For example,  the National Archives offers for online viewing photos from World War II, historic documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as well as census records … Read More