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What Information Can Be Found in County Public Records?

Public county records provide a wealth of information about individuals and local businesses. With just a few clicks, you can find information on vital records such as birth, marriage, divorce, and death, or on other matters such as court records, property information, and licensing information. These documents can provide you with important information that can be used in pre-relationship, child custody, and business and asset research.
The specific types of records that may be found in county records and what you can expect to learn from them include:

Birth Certificates

  • Mother's and father's name & occupation
  • Delivering physician's name
  • Date and place of birth

Certificates of Adoption

  • Child's name, date and place of birth
  • Place of adoption
  • Adoptive parent's names and occupations
  • Natural (birth) mother's name

Death Certificates

  • Date of death
  • Surviving family members
  • Doctor's name who signed death certificate
  • Address
  • Military records
  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Security number

Marriage Licenses

  • Addresses at time of marriage application
  • Maiden name
  • Birth dates, birth places & occupations
  • Blood types
  • Place of marriage
  • Witness names

Divorce, Annulment and Separation Records

  • Names of both parties
  • Wife's maiden name
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Addresses at time of record
  • Property settlements and child custody decisions

Probate Estate Filings

  • Information about estates in probate

Real Property Records

  • Buyers' and sellers' names
  • Real estate agent and or broker name & title company
  • Power of attorney
  • Deeds and grants
  • Abstracts and titles
  • Mortgage company and payments
  • Liens, pending actions and judgments

Property Tax Records

  • Name and address of property owners
  • Value of property
  • Property size
  • Property title transfers

Occupational Licenses

  • Name, address and business name

Doing Business As (DBA) Records

  • Address of business owner and business
  • Name and date of publication D.B.A notice appeared in

Certificates of Incorporation

  • Principal business owners and addresses

Voter Registration Records

  • Name, address and birth date
  • Political party

Vehicle Tag Registration

  • Name and address
  • Year, make, model and VIN (serial number of vehicle)

How to Conduct a Business and Banking Records Search?

To conduct the most efficient and comprehensive search of public records, you must first know the name of the county in which a city is located. Conduct an Internet search or use a map to find the name of the county you are interested in, and then contact one or all of the following offices for relevant information:

  • The County Clerk's Office retains information on criminal and civil court proceedings.
  • The County Recorder's Office keeps information on real estate dealings, in particular land records, deeds, surveys, mortgages, easements and liens.
  • The County Public Health Department maintains records on birth, death, marriage and divorce, however this office will typically only give information and documents to a person whose name appears on the record, or to the next of kin of such named party.

County Public Records Resource Links

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