From Library Journal
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The guide is arranged in three levels: county courts and recorders offices (white pages), state agencies (yellow pages), and federal courts (blue pages). Summaries for each level provide overviews of records organization and searching hints. The listings are essentially name, address, and telephone numbers, with time zones and office hours for county and state offices. Editor's notes point researchers to relevant sourcebooks that provide particulars about courts and cases.
In the county-records section the real estate recording office is listed first, followed by court listings noting the kinds of records found at that location (felony, misdemeanor, etc). If vital records are a county function, they are listed also The state section's opening article surveys search strategies for business records, lien and security interest records, and individual records. A real convenience is topical indexing: locations for DMV, legislation, and vital statistics, for instance, can be quickly found. A state public-records restriction chart indicates to whom these records are available.
The federal-records section lists more than 600 court locations in U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, Courts of Appeals, and Federal Records Centers. Addresses include division and district offices. A chart cross-references each state to its corresponding circuit court, appeals court, and Federal Records Center.
Reference librarians and other researchers will find this volume a clear and efficient introduction to public-records organization and searching. The editors have produced a practical reference that will be welcome in public libraries, especially those that haven't been able to purchase the more specialized titles from this publisher. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.