Monthly Archives: December 2010

Public Record Links for Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

The Free Public Records Directory has expanded to provide public resource links for Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  As with every state, county, city, and now territory, on our site,  extensive efforts are made to provide the most current, accurate and useful public record resource links.  Links include property records, business licenses, recorded documents, GIS mapping tools,  vital records, election information  and jail and inmate records. 

The Free Public Records Directory welcomes user comments and suggestions.  Let us know what information you would like to see and help us share with others resources you have found. … Read More

Interactive Maps for Everyone

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If you are looking online for a map either for a city, county or state, there is a good chance that there will be an interactive GIS (Geographic Information System) map that will meet your needs.  GIS maps are interactive maps that combine geographic information with a variety of data such as assessed values, neighborhood information, political boundaries, crime statistics, utilities, natural features, topography, police and fire services including many more categories. 

Not too many years ago, GIS maps were still in the development phase and available only at a limited number of agencies.  However, GIS maps are now wonderful … Read More

Do You Need a Lawyer?

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Since most people go through most of their lives without interacting with the court system, it can be confusing when one is suddenly forced to interact with that system. Imagine that tomorrow you discover you have a legal problem. “Do I need a lawyer?” may well be your first reaction. The easy answer for any legal problem is yes, you should talk to a lawyer, even if the lawyer then says you don’t really need a lawyer. But you don’t know any lawyers – this being your first encounter with a legal problem – and lawyers cost money. Maybe you … Read More

What to Know Before Searching Court Records Online

What can you expect to find when using the Search Court Case Records links on CourtReference? That varies greatly from state to state, and even county to county. Some states have statewide court record search systems for state courts. In other states, it is up to individual counties to provide online access to their court records. Of these, some counties provide free online access, while other counties contract with a private company that charges a fee to the user for some records searches.

Most court record searches can be done by party name, case number, date of birth and/or … Read More

Find Business License Records Online

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If you are trying to find out if a business is legitimate, it is important to check their business license records. In most states, business licenses are issued by the Secretary of State, but in others it may be the Department of Revenue, the Department of Corporations, or the Department of Commerce. Some states also maintain business records at the county and city level. There are also different types of businesses, including sole proprietorships, limited partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Business licenses are a matter of public record and can often be accessed for free online.

For example, in … Read More