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Skip Tracing: Researching the Web

Posted by Writing PIs on April 5, 2010

Skip Tracing: Researching the Web

For today’s post, we thought we’d share some free Internet search engines and databases that we’ve found useful in our skip tracing work.

Free Internet Searches

There’s some wonderful searches on the Internet that cost nothing.  Below are a few of these free links:

  •   It seems Google is creating new searches every day. It’s also just about the most comprehensive, public search engine currently available.  A really simple Google search is to enter the person’s name, see what information displays about him/her.
  •   Good resource for county government information (includes contact information—such as county court houses, sheriff’s offices, clerk and recorder’s offices—for over 2,000 counties in the U.S.).  PIs are always needing to look up court records, county jail records, trust records and more—knowing how to quickly find a county office is critical.
  • Online blog search engines (for example,,,
  • Social networking search engines (for example,,
  • Deep web search engines (
  • Have a great week, Writing PIs


    2 Responses to “Skip Tracing: Researching the Web”

    1. Skinny said

      I can’t believe you left out I’ve used it to find just about everything from A-Z. Try it. You’ll like it.

      • writingpis said

        We’re avid users of, which is run by the same person who owns (but guess what–we didn’t know he had this other public website until your post)! So thanks for the heads up, and we’ll definitely be recommending to others.

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