Fundamentals of Searching
Full name searches, of course, require the use of the subject’s full name. This may sound easy but if you don’t have the full name already, it can be a challenge. However, this does not mean that it can’t be done. You may first want to use some other resources to find out the person’s full name so that you can use a full name search to help you uncover information about that person.
Full name searches are great because you already have enough info on the person to start your search and ensure that you find the right person. You can simply Google their name as one way to start your search. You can also look for them on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Continue reading
Partial name searches, of course, require the partial use of the subject’s name. These are for you to use when you don’t have a full name of someone. When you only have a partial name and you need to find out something about someone, you want to use a partial name search.
Since search identifiers are so important, it can be very helpful if you have additional information other than just their name. For example, if you have the date of birth, location of birth or where they currently live and similar information, it can help you make sure you have the right person.
When doing a partial name search, if you have the names of siblings, parents or other family members then it can help you make sure the person you have records on is the right person. Continue reading
Once you know that data exists for something you have searched on, you just need to know how to find it. When you are requesting a specific document, there are certain things that you will need to know. If you know the document number already, this can greatly help you in finding what you seek.
When it comes to requesting a specific document, there are certain things you need to know. Just like any type of record search, it can benefit you to have identifiers first. You want to be sure you’re finding the documents of the right person.
You can use a government website to search for a specific document if you already know what it is. Knowing the document number can make it a lot easier to get things done. What also makes it easier is to know the identifiers.
There are actually two main purposes of the identifiers. For one, they are used to help determine if the record you find is really about the subject you are looking for. You can look at how they are indexed. Sometimes it is by name or last night or by date of birth or even social security number.
Identifiers also serve as a type of safeguard for the people involved. Sometimes people will share a same name and you need to be sure the person with the record is in fact, the same person who you are requesting records on. Extra identifiers can help you do that. A middle initial is one way to help identify someone in a record and make sure it’s really who you want records on. Continue reading
Strict match searches require exact information in order to yield favorable results. As the name suggests, these searches are very strict in the fact that you must have exact information about the person before you do your search. A match will not come up when you don’t get exact with the name that you are searching for.
These are the basics on the search identifiers so now you know what you need to know to properly conduct a search. Remember that the more you know, the easier it can be to get this done and to get it done right.
We understand that searches can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing or haven’t done it before. It can feel like you are doing a lot of digging and never really finding what you seek. This is why we want to help you make full use of all of the resources out there for you. The first step is to gain the knowledge to do more.
Now that you understand search identifiers you are ready to begin your search. Remember that the more accurate information you have to begin, the easier it will be to find what you need. Continue reading