Now in our ninth year online, it was time to bring Public Records into the present.
A new fresh look, new features, a better records search, and more.
Back in 2010 when it all started, the site was a simple research tool. A guide for Investigators and researchers looking to tap into the deep web. There was no such thing as an Australian website dedicated to locating and searching records. Now in 2019, the internet has changed and so have the devices. Everyday people have turned to the web for assistance. Tracking down their family trees, learning more about someone they met online, checking a licence status from a phone, looking up a Tradie to see if they are legit. Times have changed, so it was time we did too.
Now some might say why have a site like this in today’s age? Search Engines get you where you need to go quickly. Social media gives you access to a lot of people and information. And we think that’s great, handy, brilliant no less. But..
This is the deep web we are talking about, it’s where search engines don’t go.
There are records behind the forms, billions upon billions, and most you will never find with a search engine. And sure, a quick Google search will get you to a sites form to access the deep web. But that’s only if you know to search for it in the first place. Not everyone is an expert or knows all the best research tools.
An adoptee searching for their birth family will only consider a few well known online options. A small business owner wanting to check the credentials of a potential employee may not have any idea how many options are available to them. What do you do to contact someone not on Facebook or in the White Pages? There are countless uses for public records.
Times have changed, so it was time we did too
Looking towards the future we needed something that works on all devices. A site that can easily be expanded, and provides a range of great features to our visitors. So we started fresh and rebuilt it from the ground up. Just about the only thing we kept was the logo.
Each record set was revisited, checked and expanded. We added more categories to meet with the range of new records coming online. More speciality options to help out where needed. And then we added more public records collections.
The search feature is now a what and where form? You can use keywords if you prefer, but you’ll find our categories pretty handy.
What Records do you want and where do you want them?
There is a new user dashboard with all the bells and whistles. You can add a collection or resource, claim one you own, make announcements. Have visitors be able to contact you through a form without revealing your email address. Add an event and more.
The feature many will find handy is to save collections in your dashboard. Do you use a range of public records often, save them all in one place. Or, if you’re conducting a people search, save the ones you’ve already checked so you know to skip them next time.
But enough about the new site. We hope you have a great 2019, and hope you find public records as handy as we do.