How to Research People for Free

by Dave Lawrence

You may want to research a person you are planning to have a business or personal relationship with. You can use the Internet to research a person's background and history. Free online sources provide information on a person's civil and criminal court records as well as other personal data. You can do the research yourself without the help of a professional investigator.

Step 1

Log on to the Internet. Type "PIPL" into the search box. Type the name of the person you are researching into the search box. Include the city and state of residence, if known. Examine the information provided. Click on the links to research the information about that person.

Step 2

Go to the website for the County Court where the person resides. Go to the "Case History" section. Type in the person's name. Check the person's history under the civil, criminal and family law divisions. You will find information about the person's litigation history.

Type "Criminal Searches" into your web browser. Click on the Criminal Searches website. Type in the name of the person you are researching. Include the city and state of residence, if known. You will get information about the person's criminal history.


  • Online sites may not contain all the relevant information about the person. Some of the sites may not have the person's complete criminal history. Official government websites provide the most reliable information.


  • Use the Internet to obtain information to start your research. Continue to research every detail you discover about the person. One fact can lead to another.


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