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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Useful things: Free public records search

Pretrieve is a search engine that is specifically geared towards finding public records relevant to a person, business, or address. Our search database knows about thousands of public records sources, and can match your search information to the relevant sources for you. And, even though we already cover a large number of public record sources, we are constantly expanding our coverage to offer even more search results.

As an added convenience, most of the search result links that we provide take you directly to the results page on the associated public record site. For example, clicking on a "Property Record" link usually takes you directly to the property record data, rather than simply taking you to the home page of the property record site. This means that, in most cases, you only have to type your search criteria once to view public records on multiple sites.

Pretty cool. Fairly effective. Public search of county records doesn't cover all California counties. Other states are similarly hit or miss, and if your target has a common name and/or you aren't quite sure where he or she might be, this tool will give you far more information than you'll know what to do with.

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