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Finding Addresses

Free sites for finding home (or even business!) addresses can be hit or miss, depending on the availability of information. If you are using one of these "freemium" (i.e. free up until a certain point) services for service of process, you want to double-check your findings against any county property records to make sure that your information is current and accurate. (Note: this list is not exhaustive, nor does this guide claim that these resources will provide comprehensive information.)

Criminal Records

Outside of a FOIA request for documents from the appropriate government body, there might not be an easy, free way to procure someone's criminal record history. There sites are examples of places that might give you some insight as to what you might want to request from that government body.

Asset Locator

This is one category in which you should use what you know to try to track down what you need. Certain legal proceedings require parties to disclose their assets, like Bankrupcy records and divorce records. For corporations, they might have to disclose the company's assets on their balance sheets.

You can also do some hunting on your own: look at a person's social media pictures to see if they show off what they own. A new car, that's an asset. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and more allow you to browse through pictures.

Intellectual property might also be considered an asset. Please ask a librarian about searching for IP records.

  • Inforuptcy  Icon
    Monthly subscription required. Search court records and access bankruptcy, civil, and criminal cases across all districts nationwide.
  • Current Asset Report via Lexis Advance  Icon  Icon
    Will show real property assets, but not personal property assets.

Property Records

Deeds and property titles have to be filed with the appropriate office in a given jurisdiction. In these jurisdictions, this office can be called the Tax Assessor, the County Recorder, County Index, or something along those lines. Not all county offices have made their databases publicly available. Often, you might have to visit the office and speak with the clerk about obtaining these records.

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  • Tax Assessment Records Search
    Search NJ tax assessment records, by county.
  • NJ County Recording
    This site facilitates secured electronic recording of Land Record documents with multiple counties in the State of New Jersey.
  • NJ Property Tax List Search
    This search engine allows individuals to utilize, view and print assessment records which must be annually submitted to the Division of Taxation. These records are contained in assessment lists filed annually by the Assessor to the County Board of Taxation on or before January 10.

Vital Records

This is another category to think about where you know information you need may already exist. For instance, if you're looking for death records, you can check newspapers' obituaries or even funeral home websites. Newspapers also publish marriage announcements. Depending on the year of birth, you might be able to use some of your knowledge of social media websites to find birth announcements. Other states' Department of Health website may also be able to shed light on where to find information outside of your jurisdiction.

  • Google News Archive
    Browse by Newspaper. Content coverage differs by publisher. Approximate dates covered: 1900-2003.
  • Newspapers Guides via Rutgers Libraries
    Guides listing databases for business news and current events.
  • New Jersey Marriage Index
    This is a collection of records of marriages that were recorded in New Jersey from 1901-2016.
  • NJ Department of Health, Vital Statistics
    Please note, New Jersey law protects and restricts the release of vital records, as such, vital records are not public records and cannot be searched online.

    This website provides information on registering, amending and obtaining copies of vital records on file in New Jersey.
  • Oklahoma State Vital Records Index
    Ok2Explore is a free searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma. Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago.

    Visitors to the site may search the index using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex of the subject.

Information on Attorneys and/or Judges

Professional Licenses

If a profession requires a practitioner to be licensed, you should be able to look up the status of that license online. Alternatively, you can call the proper oversight body for this information. This information can be found at either the national or, most often, the state level.

  • Search by Category via Lexis Advance
    DEA Registrants, FAA Pilots, FCC Licenses, Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Professional Licenses, Health Care Provider, Health Care Provider Sanctions, Tax Professionals
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