How to Search County Records in Person
There are three primary places to visit when looking for country records: the county clerk office, the county recorder office, and the county public health department. While all of three of these serve a different purpose, they share some information and documentation. At the very least, a government worker at one of these can point you in the right direction.
The County Clerk Office
The county clerk office is charged with storing and maintaining records for the county. Naturally, it is one of the best places to start when searching for county records. You will need to have quite a bit of information before getting started, as not all clerk offices are the same. At one, you may find a friendly worker who can easily run a first name, birth city, and birthday to find someone, while at another you may have to wade through a sea of paperwork to find anything. In either case, it is best to show up with as much information as possible. It is also recommended to call ahead, that way they can set aside the relevant documents before you even get there!
The County Recorder Office
You can find just about any kind of documentation related to land ownership or mortgages at the county recorder office. In most cases, these files are kept in a physical format (like documents or microfilm), and therefore might take a little more time and perseverance to find. And again, make sure to call ahead to save yourself some time. There is nothing worse than driving all the way there, only to find out that you will need to go somewhere else!
The County Public Health Department
While the county public health department will not store something like an arrest record, they will have birth, marriage, and death certificates, as well as vital records. However, with the latter, you will either need to be the person whose name is on the documents or a direct relative. This kind of highly sensitive information is not available to the public. Additionally, acquiring records from the public health department generally requires a bit more paperwork than the clerk or recorder offices.
How to Search County Records Online
Before CheckPeople made it easy to search the Internet for public records, people had no choice but to take a trip to the county clerk office and making an official request. Though some documents can be found quickly, this process can sometimes take days, weeks, or even months to yield useful results. This would be a major problem if you need to find answers quickly. Thankfully, the Internet has ushered in a new era, where background checks and identifying information are right at your fingertips. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your records search online:
Collect the Information
Before you even turn on your computer, you should have an idea of what you are looking for and how you plan to find it. Make sure you have collected as much information that you know is true, because some people can be harder to find than others, and you want to make sure you use everything at your disposal to get the results you want. While this can be done using a variety of different details, here are a few common traits and signifiers that can help CheckPeople help you:
This one may seem obvious, but sometimes you are looking for a person and you are not even 100% about their name. For example, if you have a neighbor who told you their name once, but you forgot it, and now you want to do a background check on them. However, even if you just have a first or last name, this is a great start.
Knowing approximately where someone lives makes your search much, much easier. You don't need to have an exact address, but the name of the town, city, or even state can help narrow down the field of candidates.
A lot of official government documents include birthplace, so having this information in conjunction with a name can definitely speed up the process.
Are you looking for the brother or sister of someone you know? If so, it can really help to know about parents, siblings, spouses, or children to focus on people in one family.
If you know an approximate location and occupation, this allows CheckPeople to look through employee directories, company websites, and even social media profiles for relevant matches.
You probably don't know everything this person has ever done, but if you are certain that they were arrested with a specific charge, this helps eliminate people without a criminal record.
It is not necessary to have all of this information, and there are some identifying features not listed here that can also help you find accurate search results. However, if you can produce at least one or two of these, then we will be able to find who you are looking for with greater accuracy and efficiency.
Let CheckPeople Do the Work
Once you have all of the information at your disposal, it's time to let CheckPeople handle the rest. CheckPeople searches public records, social media profiles, public medical documentation, commercial and residential addresses, and a plethora of other sources to narrow down the results. However, when using CheckPeople (or a more traditional method), don't only ask yourself WHO you are searching for, but WHY you are searching for them. Here is a checklist of do's and don'ts to help get your search started on the right foot!