Many individuals find themselves in a position where they need to search court records to determine whether an individual has a criminal past. Some positions like this include landlords, managers or supervisors, social workers, and even parents. There are many different resources available for individuals who need to perform court record searches. Among those, books are a great one to start with.
One of the best books written on the subject is ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating’ by Steven Kerry Brown. Amazon has a five-star rating for this book, and for good reason. The book brings up an interesting point – family members spend years looking for each other to no avail, and then when the hire a private investigator, the family member is found almost instantly.
Of course, private investigators are trained and have a lot of experience when it comes to locating missing persons. The truth is that most people are easily found, but the steps it takes to find someone are not common knowledge and only individuals who are trained in the process know how to do it. With a little learning, anyone can do the same. Some investigator companies require their trainees to read this book, and it’s a great price – so it should be helpful for many.
Another great book for learning how to find someone or find information on someone is ‘Find it Online, Fourth Edition: The Complete Guide to Online Research’ by Alan M. Schlein. The book features a great deal of information on the United States court system as well as how to do research for just about anything. The book reveals important ways to find information by using the Internet. Since the beginning of PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), records are more available to individuals trying to find information.
Both of these books are valuable and wonderful books to invest in when you need to find someone or find out about someone’s past.