INVESTIGATOR'S GUIDE
TO FREE SEARCHES
ON THE INTERNET

INTRODUCTION
 
 
 
 
 
The Internet has got to be the world's largest resource for those who conduct investigations. Just a
few years ago, investigators kind of racked their brain in attempts to find useful information with
their computer. Today, those problems are gone. Literally millions of web sites, databases and information resources for the investigator can now be tapped on the web. However, somewhat of an opposite problem is now present. That is, there is now so much information to tap into, one is extremely overwhelmed. You now type a subject into a search engine and come back with thousands of hits. There just isn't any way to weed through it and find the information you are looking for. Aside from the sheer volume, there is also what I call the garbage factor. That is, there is so much garbage and useless sites on the internet, you get overwhelmed with how to weed that out and only use the useful sites. In this respect, the web has become modern man's biggest time waster. This manual provides a solution to this problem.
 
Free Searches On The Internet is the result of six years of daily searching on the internet to find the best sites, the best searches to use and the best databases you can tap into. Aside from actual searching by the author, thousands of other investigators and information searchers have contributed to the information by sending suggestions and by posting important and useful sites. Members of the National Association Of Investigative Specialists now numbering almost three thousand investigators have frequently sent in suggestions as have people who subscribe to the private-eye mailing list. Free Searches On The Internet is extremely valuable as a time saver and valuable in another way. Some of the sites are not even indexed or indexed very poorly on the search engines and are hard to find or can not be found on the search engines at all.

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About five years ago (light years ago in computer time) the first edition of Free Searches On The Internet was released. At that time, very few state government databases could be accessed on the internet. In fact, the first edition didn't even have a section for those listings. In this edition, you'll find an extensive selection of state government public records databases you can access from UCC filings, to criminal records searches to real property searches to state corporate records. Many states also have databases such as sexual offender databases, vital records, professional licensing, unclaimed property and other databases you can tap. Many of these searches are free. Many of these sties have actual databases you can tap into right on the internet. Other sites will refer you to a name, address and telephone number to access the record. In the state and county public records section, we have included a number of directory lookup sources so you can quickly find county courthouse addresses, determine the county a city is in and quickly locate state government agencies. This enables you to quickly go directly to the sources of information bypassing all middlemen and cutting the cost of obtaining the information down to free or almost free even when the specific record you are after doesn't have an actual database on the internet.

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You will also find a huge selection of federal government public records databases you can plug into. From the new federal state educational defaulted borrowers database, to SEC searches of publicly traded companies, to death claims and social security number validation databases, these free searches on the internet are often very useful and cost you zero.

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The free phonebooks and criss-cross directories on the internet and the sections of databases on how to find people on the internet can be quite useful to the professional investigator. Many of these searches can be used to help you track down people and obtain addresses. One of the most often overlooked extremely useful searches on the net is the searches that let you find comments made by a certain party in newsgroups. These type searches can be valuable when conducting background checks of various types of people such as expert witnesses. You'll also find aids in this book to help you determine if an individual or a company has a web page up and running which will be extremely useful to any type of investigation.

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Also included in this manual is a list of the best information brokers with web sites on the Internet. Of course, very few of these searches are free but it's certainly a user's market these days and prices are usually extremely low. Perhaps one of the best information brokers I have found on the Internet in the last few years is a company that specializes in low-cost State Of Texas public records searches simply going by the name of Publicdata.com. For about ten cents per look-up, you can run tags, driver license information, state criminal records, voter registration and a number of county level records searches with many more to be added in the future. Information brokers certainly provide useful information but should only be used after all avenues of tapping free data and public records data yourself. This material contains a comprehensive list of information brokers and dial-up services you can use when the need for "for fee" information is needed.

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Perhaps one of the most popular and most often used free searches on the Internet is the search engine searches you use to find a web site. In this section of the manual, we have attempted to list only the best search engines and provided a number of multi-search engines that save you time when searching the net. There are really hundreds, perhaps thousands of search engines these days but only a few of them are worth your time. We have attempted to list the top five percent that you will find useful.

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The accident investigation section of this manual will be of extreme value for any investigator who has an accident under investigation with useful links to databases and other information pertaining to an accident.
 
Privacy has become a major mega issue on the Internet. We have included some of the best privacy resource sites that contain information you will want to know about. Aside from articles and aids, there are some very useful products listed.
 
Competitive intelligence gathering and the investigation of a business is an in-demand type of investigation requested today. There are huge resources and databases you can tap into on the web when it comes to conducting an investigation of a business. This section will be of extreme value to you when conducting an investigation of a business.
 
Also included in this unique manual is a selection of top Adoptee And reunion sites as well as Most Wanted Missing Persons sites you will find of value to you. The Adoptee/Reunion sites will be of extreme value when you have an adoption search under way. The Most Wanted People sites can be used as general databases. You'll also find many of these sites offer rewards. You as an investigator could consider attempts at locating some of these people to collect the rewards.

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The sections on national and state private investigative associations and organizations will help you track down such associations and organizations and help you network with the private investigative industry. You'll find a state-by-state list of all state investigative associations known. The overwhelming majority of them have a web site and you are urged to go to the web sites of the state investigative associations in your state. Many of these organizations, both state and national, have newsletters you can obtain and hold yearly conventions and seminars. This is a starting point to help you network you way to success in the private investigative industry. You will also note that there are a number of very specialized organizations and/or associations dealing with specific types of investigation which can be of extreme value as these specialized organizations are usually a repository of information for that specialized investigative topic.
 
One of the newest topics developed for this manual is the insurance claims investigative resources. In this section you will find a number of extremely useful links to resource sites and newsletters you can easily and quickly tap into.
 
In the "Just For Fun" section, you'll find a great deal of entertaining sites of interest to those in the private investigative profession. From a free tour of the CIA to the famous Rockford files site, you will find this section a refreshing sidetrack from everyday business.
 
There are hundreds of free software downloads you can obtain on the internet but searching for them is sometimes a time consuming problem. Those problems are not present with this guide. You'll find thousands of free software programs you can obtain as well as huge selections of free graphics you can obtain for your own use.
 
Legal research is often helpful to the private investigator and paralegal. This new section for this manual leads you to thousands of pages and dozens of databases you can use for free to conduct legal research in a number of areas.

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Whole books on various types of subjects as well as massive collections of newsletter articles on different aspects and related aspects of conducting an investigation can be of extreme value to you. This section contains what we belief is the most comprehensive list of places you can go to on the internet for pure knowledge. You'll also find huge selections of marketing information and tools you can use.
 
One of the outstanding benefits of using the internet is the number of resource centers containing vast amounts of free information by people and services in business. The idea of this technique from the standpoint of having a web site is that it can be used to attract traffic to the web site. The user certainly benefits by tapping into the vast resources of various topics. This manual contains huge listings for these resources you can tap.
 
For those who are considering a web site, this material contains selections of the very best when it comes to what tools and software to use to develop your own web site with huge selections of articles and aids on how to do it correctly and develop traffic at your site to increase your business volume.

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We have ended this manual with some last minute editions and a wide selection of music you can play while on the internet as you conduct your searching and research.

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STATE-BY-STATE PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCHES
VARIOUS NATIONAL SEARCHES
STATE SEARCH DIRECTORIES
FREE PHONEBOOKS AND DIRECTORIES ON THE WEB
OTHER FREE SEARCHES YOU WILL USE
FINDING ADDRESSES ON PEOPLE ON THE NET
INFORMATION BROKERS AND DIAL-UP SERVICES
TOP SEARCH ENGINES YOU'LL LIKE
NEWSGROUP AND MAILING LIST SEARCHES
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION SITES
PRIVACY SUBJCTS AND SITES
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE RESOURCES
ADOPTEE/REUNION SITES
THE MOST WANTED PEOPLE SITES
NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE ORGANIATIONS SITES
OTHER INFORMATION FOR INVESTIGATORS
INSURANCE CLAIMS RESOURCES
STATE PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE ASSOCIATION SITES
FREE BOOKS AND NEWSLETTERS YOU CAN GET
LOCATE A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR PAGES
JUST FOR FUN AND JUST FOR INVESTIGATORS
SOFTWARE AND FREE SOFTWARE
FREE GRAPHICS AND WEB DESIGN/MARKETING AIDS
FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SITES
LEGAL RESEARCH
PURE NEWS SITES
NEW SITES JUST IN YOU'LL LIKE
INVESIGATOR'S MUSIC TO SURF WITH
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