The U.S. Public Records Index is a compilation of various public records spanning all 50 states in the United States from 1950 to 1993. These records are all accessible to the general public by contacting the appropriate agency. Ancestry.com has simply made the process of finding certain public records easier by making them available in an online searchable database.
Entries in this index may contain information such as:
- A person’s first name, middle name or initial and last name
- A street or mailing address
- A telephone number
- A birth date or birth year
- An age
As Ancestry.com is neither the author nor the compiler of the data in its indexes, we cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of this information.
Please exercise caution when judging the accuracy of data in the U.S. Public Records Index. Some addresses and telephone numbers are invalid, and birthdates may be inaccurate as well.
What types of public records have been utilized to create the U.S. Public Records Index?
- White pages
- Directory assistance records
- Marketing lists
- Postal change-of-address forms
- Public record filings
- Historical residential records
Please note the following important details about the U.S. Public Records Index:
- People under the age of 18 are not listed in this index.
- Because of the historical nature of this index, individuals may be listed in households with prior co-habitants, spouses, etc.
15 Apr 2020: Changes were made to the structure and presentation of the data to improve the performance of this collection. No new records were added.