Special Projects Executive Producer Aaron Wishce recently attended a workshop given by Margot Williams, a researcher/librarian at the New York Times. She compiled an impressive list of websites and databases that she uses to track people and background companies. The list was presented at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.
For the most part, they’re free or free with registration.
Enter a name and search dozens of public records sites for Texas court records, OFFENDER INFORMATION BY FACILITY, census info, corporations, criminal history, state bills and statutes, unclaimed property, government salaries, land records, etc. Most of the searches are free. Very cool one stop shop.
Enter a name and search for people who have profiles on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Plaxo and LinkdIn. Good one stop shop when looking for profiles in breaking news situations. It located my Facebook, LinkdIn, addresses dating back 12 years and pictures of me.
Is the person you’re investigating a licensed contractor, engineer, cosmetologist, massage therapist, pharmacist or EMT? Listing of professional licenses nationwide. Dozens of categories. Check multiple states at the same time
If you have a case number, you can search this site for state, federal and even international case dockets. It’s free. PACER costs money, so this is a work around IF you know the case number. There is no name search capability right now. The site is growing every day with new cases posted.
Looking for statistics on retail sales, average earnings, building permits, minority owned firms, home values? You name it, this website probably has it. Narrow down by state, county and city, congressional district. You can also search for statistics by category such as crime, transportation, environment, health, etc.
http://www.snackbox.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Snackbox-Header-Logo.png00Jennahttp://www.snackbox.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Snackbox-Header-Logo.pngJenna2010-07-20 14:00:422017-10-11 21:02:59Backgrounding People And Companies