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WHAT IS THIS?
Black Book Online has scanned over a billion free public records from thousands of public record websites in all 50 states. When you run our name search, we check to see if the name might be found at any of these public record sites and if so, give you a link to the public record site so you can lookup the information and get the details.
WHY DON'T YOU JUST GIVE OUT THE INFORMATION?
Black Book Online does not provide contact information on people or actual public record information. We simply point you to where to go to find possible information at public record websites.
DOES YOUR NAME SEARCH CONTAIN ALL PUBLIC RECORDS?
No -- far from it. We're not even sure this is possible. Think of our name search as a jump start for your public record research. To be thorough, you'll want to also check other public record sites that we provide direct links to. Our directory of free public record lookups is the most thorough on the web and is a powerful research tool in its own right.
CAN I SEE A LIST OF THE PUBLIC RECORD SITES YOUR NAME SEARCH INCLUDES? HOW ABOUT THE DATES WHEN YOU LAST CHECKED EACH SITE?
Sorry, at this time we are not releasing this information. We may do so in the future. Stay tuned.
SO IF I GET A "POSSIBLE" RECORD FOR A NAME, HOW I CAN BE SURE ITS THE RIGHT PERSON?
Our name search checks for where possible records exist for any given name. We don't provide information on specific people. What's the difference? "John Jones" is a name. "John Jones" with date of birth October 12, 1984 is a specific person. Again, our site doesn't check for people, just names.
THE NAME I'M RESEARCHING IS VERY COMMON AND I'M GETTING A LOT OF POSSIBLE RECORDS. HOW DO I KNOW WHICH IS THE RIGHT ONE?
You could follow the links and see if the public record website has dates of birth, addresses, or other identifiers to confirm its the right party. Otherwise, you might need to hire a qualified private investigator who should have the skill set to cut through the noise.
YOUR SITE SAID THERE WAS A POSSIBLE RECORD FOR A NAME AT A PUBLIC RECORD WEBSITE BUT WHEN I WENT THERE, I COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING. WHY?
There are many possible reasons for this. That's why at best we return links to "possible" records. Some of the reasons include the public record site removed old or expired information; or the public agency releases data in bulk which we've obtained but is not available through a free public web lookup.
ARE THERE ANY PUBLIC RECORD CATEGORIES THIS SITE DOES NOT INCLUDE?
Yes, we do not return bankruptcies, hunting and fishing licenses, concealed weapon permits, and whois records. In addition, civil court case information is problematic for us to scan so this type of public record is extremely sparse. This list may change from time to time and may or may not be updated here.
I'M SURE A PUBLIC RECORD EXISTS, BUT I CAN'T FIND IT THROUGH YOUR NAME SEARCH. WHY?
Our system does not scan all possible public records that have every existed. In fact, many public records (including older ones) are unavailable to be scanned. Yours is probably one that was not scanned. In addition, if we know that a public web lookup does not exist for a certain agency, we will usually not include it. If you feel there should be a public record not found by our name search, please use our free public record directory immediately below to dig deeper.
I RAN A NAME IN ONE STATE AND GOT BACK POSSIBLE HITS FROM OTHER STATES. WHY?
There is a person with the name you ran, from the state you designated with a record in the other state. For example, you ran John Doe in Texas but he got a speeding ticket while in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin public record link will also be displayed along with the Texas links.
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