If you are unfamiliar with public records, you might not have any idea of what kind of records are looked through during a public records search. There are a lot that cover almost every aspect of your life. Here are just a few public records that you might encounter.
Anytime someone gets married, that information becomes part of the free public records. You can actually research the marriage license and get the vital information off of it. This information can include parents names, town where they live, and even if they have been married before.
Even birth records can be found as you do a public records search. If you are looking up the birth of your parents in Broward County, Florida, you could go through the Broward County public records and see when they were born, where, and their parents’ names. Sometimes you can even see what time they were born and if there was a twin.
Just as marriages and births are part of the public records, so are divorces. You can actually see the divorce certificates as these are filed with the county that they divorce takes place.
A public records search will show any deaths. They can be found in official death certificates, Social Security Administration death announcements, cemetery records, and even newspaper obituaries. Information you can find from the death records can include spouse, children, parents, residence, and even burial location.
Property records are also part of the free public records that you can find. Anytime you buy property or sell it, it becomes part of the public records of the local government. This makes it easy to trace owners and verify the legal status of ownership.
Census records tell you a lot about a person and can be found in a public records search. Though now, you find census records through the federal government, years ago states did some of their own census records based on voting male residents. This is important to know if you are researching your ancestors.