How to Do Totally Free Public Records Searches Online

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

Performing free public records searches online is easy. If you ever need to research the background of a babysitter, employee, tenant, new boyfriend, or new girlfriend, several websites enable you to discover available information. Using them, you may examine an individual's personal finances, criminal history, property ownership and possible political affiliations.

Step 1

Obtain the subject's address by doing a search for the name on Pipl.com. Pipl is a powerful people search engine that will enable you to find other information as well — including phone numbers and past addresses. Note the current address.

Step 2

Execute a search on PropertyShark.com using the address. This site will give you information about the property the person owns, the date of purchase and the price paid.

Step 3

Conduct a background investigation using CriminalSearches.com. It will detect criminal records. CriminalSearches.com is particularly useful if you are screening babysitters or other people that will be working close to your home and family.

Step 4

Enter the person's information at the CampaignMoney.com website in order to see any political donations that the person has made. Such donations are public records and may indicate political leanings.

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