General Collection Information
The U.S. Public Records Index contains more than 400 million public records of individuals who lived in the United States between 1950 and 1993. Although the original information is available to the public by contacting the appropriate agency, this searchable database simplifies the process. Individuals under the age of 18 are not included in this index.
Using this Collection
This index, especially when combined with city directories, is a great resource for confirming locality and family relationships. The information in this database may include the following:
It is important to note that Ancestry is neither the author nor the compiler of the data in its indexes, so we cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of this information. Some of the data contained in the U.S. Public Records Index may be inaccurate, so caution should be used when judging the accuracy of the information.
History of the Collection
The information in the U.S. Public Records Index was compiled from a variety of public records. The various types of records used to create this index include:
More U.S. Public Records = More Ancestry Hints. Ancestry Blog. April 7, 2010. Accessed July 16, 2020.
15 Apr 2020: Changes were made to the data to improve the performance of this collection. No new records were added.