Category Archives: Using Public Records

Millions of New Records Added to New York State Transparency Website

In a press release issued on May 1, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of millions of government records to the state’s new data transparency website, which launched during Sunshine Week in March of this year. The website was created in an effort to provide citizens with user-friendly, one-stop access to government data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. Information on a variety of subjects such as food safety inspections, state jobs data, daycare facilities, economic development, crime data, and medical conduct discipline records were included in the initial launch of … Read More

Property Values on the Rise?

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Has the value of your property gone up in the last year? According to an article published in The Seattle Times on Friday, March 15, 2013, entitled “Look what’s back in your house now,” property values around the country are on the rise. Depending on where you live, the market value of your home may have risen enough in the last year that you now have positive or break-even equity.

As you know, many property values declined dramatically during the last 5 years. However, according to Federal Reserve data, net equity holdings in American homes have jumped since spring 2011. … Read More

Pennsylvania Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions

In a press release issued yesterday, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stated that the Department of State has taken disciplinary actions against 99 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the month of February.

The complete list of sanctions imposed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available online and can be accessed here. Each entry includes the name of the respondent, license number, last known business address registered with the board, sanction imposed, a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure, the effective date, and whether the action has … Read More

Controversy over Published Gun Permit Records Continues

A newspaper in suburban New York has received nationwide attention and criticism after publishing an interactive map that lists the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. The Journal News sought this information following the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and was obtained legally under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

The release of these records has ignited heated debates all across the country. While some readers appreciated the information, others believe that it was an invasion of privacy and fear it could also endanger gun permit holders. In an article titled “The Journal … Read More

Arkansas Death Certificates Go Online

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If you are interested in researching your Arkansas family history, you will happy to learn that death records are now accessible online. In a press release submitted to Business Wire on December 3, 2012, the Arkansas Department of Health announced the launching of a brand new online death certificate search and ordering service. This new service makes genealogical research more convenient than ever. Previously, death certificates could only be obtained by requesting them in person at the Department of Health or by submitting a paper request form.

Death certificates from 1935 to 1961 are currently available, but in the … Read More

Arlington National Cemetery Burial Database Goes Online

The Arlington National Cemetery has launched a new online database that includes over 400,000 burial records. This massive new public database, called ANC Explorer, is now available online and as a mobile application. This search tool and mobile application allows family members and the public to locate a specific gravesite, view photos of a headstone or monument, and receive detailed driving and walking directions to these locations.

Cemetery officials built this database in an effort to verify the accuracy of their records brought into question in 2010 by reports of graves with no headstones, double burials, misidentified graves and other … Read More

Track Crime in York County

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Residents of York County, Virginia can now track crime in their neighborhoods thanks to a new online crime map launched by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has partnered with BAIR Analytics to provide this new crime mapping program called RAIDS Online. This interactive crime mapping website allows the sheriff’s office to automatically upload crime information as it occurs providing York County residents a firsthand look at crimes occurring in their county. The service went online last week.

This program allows citizens to map criminal offenses by date, location, and time span. Crimes such as thefts, assaults, burglaries, arson, … Read More

Does the City of Sacramento Owe You Money?

Did you know that the City of Sacramento is currently holding nearly $2 million in unclaimed property? These unclaimed funds consist of uncashed vendor checks that had not been cashed in three or more years, as well as utility billing account balances that were not requested to be refunded when a customer closed their account. Maybe you or someone you know could be owed a share of this money. But, under California Government Code Section 50050-50056, the city will get to keep this unclaimed money if the rightful owners do not make their claim soon.

In an article titled “Sacramento … Read More

Access to Marriage Records

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Marriage records are an important vital record which can provide a wealth of information regarding the bride and groom as well as their families. A marriage record contains information about the bride and groom; including the date of marriage, place of marriage, the names of the mothers and fathers, and sometimes even the people who witnessed the marriage. With the exception of a few states, marriage records are generally considered as public information. Marriage records can usually be obtained from a county clerk, auditor, health agency, or probate court. Some agencies allow for online searching of their marriage records.

The … Read More

Accessing UCC Filing Records

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UCC stands for “Uniform Commercial Code, which is a set of laws that provide legal rules and regulations governing business dealings and transactions. This code was first published in 1952 and has been revised several times over the years. The code was created to make it easy for companies to conduct business across the United States. The UCC has been enacted, with some local variations, in all 50 states.

UCC filings primarily deal with transactions involving personal property, such as machinery, equipment, and livestock. The UCC does not address dealings in real property, such as land or houses. UCC filings … Read More