|Basic Search Help
Type in the specific keywords you would like to search
for (e.g. Los Angeles County) in the Search Window ("Public Record
Locator"), and either click on the 'Search' button or press 'Enter'
on your keyboard. Our search engine will then query the entire
database, match your search term(s) with 3 fields associated with
every link (Title, Description & Keywords), and provide you with
all links listed on our site that match your search term(s).
Keep in mind that there is a wild card feature built into
the program, so you only have to use partial words (e.g. "corp" for
The Matching feature, located on the
right-hand side of the search window, provides three options you can
use to focus the scope of your basic search appropriately:
1) Match all keywords: Any record in our database
must contain all of the supplied keywords. Equivalent to placing
'and' between each word of your search.
This is a medium
focus search, best for limiting the scope to certain terms, to
retrieve links on more than one subject, or to combine a location
and subject in a single search.
Example (1): a 'Match all
keywords' search for Therapist License would return all
records in our database containing the words Therapist and
License. Since wild cards are automatically placed at the end of the
word, this search will provide you with links to databases where you
may search for licensed therapists. Try this search yourself.
Example (2): a 'Match all keywords' search for
Corporations Trademarks would return all records in our
database containing all of those words (Corporations and
Trademarks), allowing you to retrieve links on both subjects at the
same time. Try this search yourself.
Example (3): a 'Match
all keywords' search for Florida Medical would return all
records in our database containing all of those words (Florida
and Medical), illustrating how effective this kind of search
can be to combine both a specific locale and a search subject. Try
this search yourself.
Example (4): a 'Match all keywords'
search for Orange Florida should provide you with a list of
links to countywide public record databases in Orange County,
Florida. Try this search yourself.
2) Match any
keyword: Any record in our database must contain at least one of
the supplied keywords. Equivalent to placing 'or' between each word
of your search.
This is the broadest basic search, best for
when you are unsure of the exact terminology used on the site to
describe the subject of your search.
Example (1): a 'Match
any keywords' search for Corporations Business Fictitious
Partnerships would return all records in our database containing
any of those words (Corporations or Businesses or
Ficticious or Partnerships). This is a great idea if you want
to retrieve a variety of public business filing records, regardless
of their title. Try this search yourself.
3) Match exact
phrase: Any record in our database must contain the exact
supplied phrase. This is the equivalent of placing quotation marks
around the phrase, as is common with other search engines.
This is the most specific basic search, best for when you
know the exact term used in the site link.
Example (1): a
'Match exact phrases' search for Uniform Commercial Code
would return all records in our database containing only that exact
phrase ("Uniform Commercial Code"), providing you with precisely the
records you are looking for. Try this search yourself.
Finally, directly beneath the Matching feature is the
Results per page option. This allows you to control how many
separate links should be displayed on each page of your search
results (10, 25 or 50).
Advanced Search Help
noticeable difference between the basic search and advanced search
is the ability to search multiple characteristics simultaneously
(see Basic Search Help, above, for descriptions and examples of each
feature). This allows for more flexibility in your search, which
means more accurate results. Although all of the Matching features
available in the Basic Search can now be combined as needed, please
note the addition of the following feature, to be used in
combination with the others:
Without keywords: Any
record in our database must not contain any of the supplied
keywords. Equivalent to placing a '-' sign in front of the word, as
is sometimes found with other search engines.
are a couple examples of how you might combine these to produce
highly accurate results:
Example #1: Match all keywords:
Match any keyword:
Without keywords: Real Estate
... would return
any record that contains Alabama and License, and does NOT contain
Real, and does NOT contain Estate. This is a great search if you
need information on Alabama and licenses but want to filter out
anything related to real-estate. Try this search yourself.
Example #2: Match all keywords: Corporations
keyword: Search Find
Match exact phrase:
... would return any record that contains Corporations, and
either Search or Find or both Search and Find. This is the perfect
search if you're interested in doing a corporation search. If you
need information on past corporations, or just searching for a
specific corporation, this will bring up the links you need. Try
this search yourself.