With more than 8.5 million people living in New York City alone and with a total statewide population of almost 20 million people, trying to find anyone in the State of New York could be like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. However, there are ways to find people you are looking for if you know how to access NY public records. Unfortunately, this may not be as easy as you would imagine.

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Not All Records Are Centralized

One of the unfortunate aspects of searching for someone in a state as populous as New York, the fourth most populous in America behind only California, Texas and Florida respectively, is that not all public records are centralized. Some records can be located in criminal bases which can be accessed locally as well as in state databases, but for such things as birth and death records, you’d need to know the county in which a person was born or died. If you haven’t a clue where that person was born in order to begin tracking their movements through time, it pays to have a search engine such as intelius.com that has access to public records in all counties. This offers a good starting place when trying to locate someone.

Why Public Records Matter

Sometimes you simply want to get in touch with a long lost family member or friend and other times those records are an important part of a hiring process in a professional setting. It is more important than ever before to vet potential candidates for most positions simply because the population has expanded and that now many people are ‘transient.’ This doesn’t mean that they are transient in that they are homeless, but rather that we now live in a highly mobile society. Gone are the days when families lived the totality of their lives in the same communities they were born in, and so public records help to identify potential threats to a business large or small.

Checking Personal Backgrounds

It is becoming increasingly common for parents to check the backgrounds of someone who wants to date their ‘child.’ You can never be too safe when it comes to letting your young adult drive off with a virtual stranger, no questions asked. Also, online dating sites are gaining in popularity and sites like intelius.com that enable you to investigate someone’s background can give you the information you need before agreeing to meet that person face-to-face. Remember, there are a lot of predators out there and cities like New York have more than their fair share of them.

The point is, there are so many reasons why you would want to check a person’s background and it could be an exercise in futility if you didn’t know where to start or how to track movement. With access to tens of thousands of databases all over the country, it could be a never-ending search. With the speed of digital technology and the right set of search engines, these databases can be accessed simultaneously to collect the information needed at any given point in time. If you are looking for someone in a state with more than 20 million residents like New York, you will need all the help you can get.