WHO IS JOHN DOE -- and where to get the paper on him



John Doe. . . . . .


>>> leaves a trail in the deep Web

>> www.pipl.com searches by name, email, username and telephone

>> snitch.name searches social sites.

>> http://netbootcamp.org/facebook.html Facebook Search Tool


>>> was born, or married, or died

>> A comprehensive directory to free public records at http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/

>> Fee service for some birth, death, marriage and death records www.vitalchek.com (~$15)

>> Nexis (Subsc. required) (Public Records /All Searches / Courts and Fillings). Nexis

>> Check county clerks for marriage license applications. Some are open, some are not.

>> Social Security Death Index, includes addresses, addresses https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535

>> Legacy.com finds obituaries http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?Page=ObitFinder 


>>> lived in different places, with different people:

>> Nexis shows addresses, relatives (Subsc. required) (Public Records tab, People tab or All Searches tab) at http://w3.nexis.com/new/

>> Aerial photo and map of the neighborhood: http://maps.google.com/


>>> was involved in a lawsuit, bankruptcy, divorce, probate, criminal or traffic violations:

>> Comprehensive directory and description of court records available through the Web: http://www.courtreference.com/   

>> Justia - free access to many court documents - try before PACER http://dockets.justia.com/   

>> Federal court index via PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/   (registration required) (10 cents a page, free <$15 a quarter) FAQ

>> LexisNexis Courtlink - $$ - https://litigator.lexisnexis.com/Courtlink/Login.aspx?redirurl=%2f

>> Nexis criminal records search: Power Search / Public Records / Civil & Criminal Court filings: docket summaries for federal and some state courts. Includes NY civil suits for many counties; NJ all counties.

>> State trial courts and large civil courts -- any have indexes, dockets and some filings available on-line. Going to the state and county courthouses is the only way to assure accuracy and completeness.

> Complete New York courts list, many with Web indexes, at http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcivil/ecourtsMain

> Criminal cases, NYC and 8 nearby counties - http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcrim_attorney/Login Log in as Public user. Shows arrest dates, charges, lawyer, date of next appearance. Updated nightly.

> Civil cases, NY State Unified Court System - http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcivilLocal/LCSearch?param=P

> New York State Criminal History Records Search - $65 - Name and DOB: http://www.nycourts.gov/apps/chrs/


>>> bought, sold or owns real estate:

>> county recorders, assessors (in New York, http://a836-acris.nyc.gov/CP/ To find these offices elsewhere, Google "recorder (countyname) site:gov" http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/jump/acris.shtml)

>> home values and comparables: http://www.zillow.com/

>> Realtors Heat Map shows nearby values and for-sales: www.realtor.com


>>> has a home phone: reverse directories at www.pipl.com and http://www.anywho.com/whitepages and www.referenceusa.com (Subsc. req'd)

>>> is in a social network:

>> snitch.name/: searches for people's profiles on social sites

>> www.linkedin.com: business contacts and ex-employees

>> www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com www.instagram.com


>>> holds a professional license

>> State licensing department Web sites nationwide

>> These Web sites have links to many, many free public record sites:

> www.searchsystems.net

> www.brbpub.com  BRB Publications updates links to state and local agencies that provide free on-line public records

> Virtual Chase - government and legal resources by state - http://virtualchase.justia.com/research-resources/state-resources


>>> is a doctor: AMA https://apps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/disclaimer.do and state medical licensing agency

>>> is a lawyer: state bar association, and Martindale Hubbell directory http://www.martindale.com/Home.aspx

>>> is a researcher in a clinical trial. www.clinicaltrials.gov

>>> attended school:  http://www.classmates.com (reg.req.)

>>> attended college: most are required to verify enrollment, dates, degree. http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/

>>> runs a Web site:  http://www.domaintools.com/ and Waybackmachine: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

>>>   to monitor whether text in a Web site changes, register at http://www.changedetection.com/

>>> to download a lot of data from a Web site at once, http://www.downthemall.net/

>>> is a pilot:  FAA pilot and plane records and Pilot and aircraft certification from Landings.com

>>> owns a gun:  state or county licensing department

>>> conducts medical or scientific research:  Medline at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

>>> invented something: patent search at  http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html

>>> holds a copyright:  http://www.copyright.gov/records/

>>> votes:  most states provide voter registration details - in NY https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/


>>> is an immigrant:

>> ICE Online Detainee Locator System 


>>> is incarcerated:

>> VineLink offender databases:  https://vinelink.com/#/home/site/33004

>> Federal Inmate Locator (1982 to present) http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp

>> State Departments of Correction 

>>> is a sex offender - National Sex Offender Public Registry - Family Watchdog and National Sex Offender Public Website

>>> has been subject of FBI investigation: Privacy Waiver and Certification of Identity - http://mnstopfbi.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/fbi-privacy-waiver-certificate-of-identity.pdf



>>> is a politician

>> Federal campaign finance reports, www.opensecrets.org

>> Federal Election Commmission, www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/disclosure_data_search.shtml

>> Section 527 independent political committees, http://forms.irs.gov/politicalOrgsSearch/search/basicSearch.jsp?ck

>> State reports compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, www.followthemoney.org

>> State or city campaign finance offices. www.followthemoney.org

>> Salaries, personal financial disclosures, trips and earmarks of members of Congress; salaries and revolving doors for staff: http://www.legistorm.com/financial_disclosure.html

>> Foreign travel reports by members of Congress, http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/foreign/index.aspx

>> Legislation and speeches, http://thomas.loc.gov

>> Votes in Congress, http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/

>>> is a federal lobbyist, or hires one.

>> Center for Responsive Politics, http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/search.php

>> Lobbying reports submitted to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Secretary of the Senate.

>> National Institute on Money in State Politics http://www.followthemoney.org/.


>>> works for the government

>> Every record by or about that person is presumptively an open public record unless a specific exemption applies. Agencies are required to release email, travel records, salary, employment dates, outside income reports, and sometimes disciplinary actions.

>> NY government payrolls: http://seethroughny.net/payrolls

>> federal disciplinary appeals:  www.mspb.gov


>>> current or past military

>> active duty military status: https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/single_record.xhtml

>> past military: https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel Media fax form to (314)538-2530. Media may call with SSN to (314) 538-2050 to confirm record exists.

>> military unit and buddy finder http://www.military.com/Military/Locator/New/Splash/?loc=L2 (reg.req.)


>>> works for a charity or nonprofit.

>> Citizen Audit http://citizenaudit.org/ Nonprofit form research, past 10 years, easy user interface

>> Guidestar http://www.guidestar.org/ - IRS Form 990 and 990EZ are annual tax forms and show highest paid employees; Forms 1023 and 1024 are the nonprofit application forms. Non-profit organizations are required to provide these upon request. 

>> Foundation Center http://www.foundationcenter.org/findfunders/foundfinder/ tracks and identifies funders.



>>> works for a private company:

>> business licenses: city, county or state, sometimes on-line
>> corporate charter documents: secretary of state, often on-line or through e-mail request
>> prospectus: ask stockbrokers

>> receives federal government contracts, http://usaspending.gov

>> workplace injury claims: from the state labor agency

>> inspections by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration): http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/

>> environment, health and safety databases from the nonprofit Right-to-Know Network. http://www.rtknet.org/

>> owns a restaurant. Inspections: in NYC, http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do


>> Securities and Exchange Commission filings (publicly traded companies) http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm

> EDGAR full text search - http://searchwww.sec.gov/EDGARFSClient/jsp/EDGAR_MainAccess.jsp

> SeekingAlpha.com earnings call transcripts - seekingalpha.com/tag/transcripts

> Look on company web sites in the Investors section for SEC filings. These are the most important SEC filings:

- 10-Q quarterly

- 10-K annual

- 8-K material event

- S1 initial registration as public company

- DEF14A, aka proxy statement, for shareholders annually, shows the pay and benefits of directors and top officers in the company







Duff Wilson, 2011