State Roundup: Arkansas state and county databases

The e-Government Online Services page at the State of Arkansas Web site has an extensive set of links to every Arkansas state and county public records online database. And, like SearchSystems, takes you directly to the online search page.

The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission has a new database, Employers’ Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage Verification. Search by employer name, or partial name. The results include the employers covered under that name, Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage Provider and policy number and the employer address.

A prior posting provided a directory of links to the state workers’ compensation agencies.

Search statewide to confirm a voter registration filing with a name and date of birth. If you don’t have the birth date you may be able to locate one on Zabasearch, which lists some names, but only a month and year of birth. Try this birthday database search by name to find a full DOB. Steve Morse has a collection of birth date databases that can be searched from a single search query. You might even get a complete date of birth at a social media Web site. I searched a name with the phrase “birth date” at Google, limited to the MySpace site and found a full date of birth.

Okay, back to Arkansas. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has an online guide to open government and public records. Access to government maintained records, from autopsy reports to vital records is digested here. The Arkansas Times blog reports on open records activity.

As always, you’ll want to make use of your library card to take advantage of the free online databases offered by the state library system. Some of the resources include: Heritage Quest, which has searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records; Foundation Directory Online, a tool for finding background on non profits; and regional business and general interest periodicals, all searchable by keywords.

The Association of Arkansas Counties lists county demographics and has links to each county Web site, and also topical manuals for the Assessor’s, Corornor’s and Sheriff’s offices, among others.

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