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Yes, that's him! Uncle Sam - only dressed up in a phat Cupid outfit for Valentine's Day! In fact, there's so much help all year-round that can improve the lives of lovers, he's just got to "hook you up"! So, this is a great month to celebrate YOU! "Get Some Lovin"! Government grant guy, Matthew Lesko, at www.lesko.com wants taxpayers to know that your government not only helps your financial life, but also YOUR LOVE LIFE!
Is Your Lover Still Alive?Social Security keeps track of everyone and will be glad to forward an unsealed letter that is accompanied with a letter explaining your request. The request must be for humanitarian reasons.
Did Your Lover Wind Up In Jail?You can search an online database at the Dept. of Justice for anyone who has been in the federal prison from 1982 to present and find out when they got out or when they will get out.
Did His Divorce Really Go Through?Birth, death, marriage, divorce, and adoption records are handled by the state where these events occurred. The National Center for Health Statistics tells you how to get them in every state.
Is He Really A Lawyer Or A Professional Wrestler?Every state has a professional licensing office that keeps pubic information on who really is a professional.
Is She Just A Gold Digger?Anyone who borrows money and puts an asset up for collateral has to make this information publicly available at the office of Uniform Commercial Code.
What Happened To That Cute Sailor?All U.S. services (Army, Navy, etc.) offer a locater service and some even locate those who left the service.
You can learn the details of using these and other free services by going to www.lesko.com and clicking on a free report called "Uncle Sam's Lover Finder." Matthew Lesko wants you to know about these valuable free services that are available to everyone.
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The programs below are just a few of the ways the average American can use free government services to locate people they love or don't love.
Birth, death, marriage, divorce, and adoption records are handled by the state where these events occurred. Laws vary from place to place about access and availability. The National Center for Health Statistics has an online publication titled Where to Write for Vital Records available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm. This publication goes state-by-state providing details of what records are available to the general public, those available only to specific people, and the fees involved in obtaining copies of these records.
For instance, in Alabama birth certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 125 years from the date of birth, but may be obtained by specific people. Adoptees born in Alabama seeking original birth certificates may obtain informational copies of their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 19. By Alabama law, divorce certificates are not confidential and may be obtained by any individual upon payment of the proper fee. Death certificates are confidential records with restricted access for 25 years from the date of death. Death certificates more than 25 years old may be obtained by anyone upon payment of the proper fee. Marriage certificates are not confidential and may be obtained by any individual upon payment of the proper fee. Please check the publication listed above to see what records are available in your state and who you need to contact to obtain copies.
As luck would have it, Social Security loves to keep track of everyone. The Social Security Administration will be glad to forward an unsealed letter that is accompanied with a letter explaining your request (the request must be for humanitarian reasons). You need to supply the name and social security number of the recipient, or the person's date and place of birth. Send to the Office of Public Inquiries, Social Security Administration, Windsor Park Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235; 410-965-2736.
If you are seeking information concerning a licensed professional, often the state licensing board can help. Licensing documents may be a matter of public record. Various state agencies or special boards regulate professionals such as lawyers, doctors, hair dressers, and more. Each licensing board can provide you with different types of information. You may be able to find their office location or where they practice. You may be able to learn if they have received any type of discipline from the board. To learn who you need to contact within your state you can call your state capital or your Secretary of State office. You can find these offices by going online to www.govengine.com.
This was always a major concern of my grandmother. Old Census records can provide a wealth of information. Census data starts in 1790 and can get you started on your family tree. From 1850 to 1930, details are provided for all individuals in each household, such as:
The data is available on microfilm. For information on how to access this information contact the National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD 20740; 866-272-6272; www.archives.gov. The following website at the Census Bureau also provides some basic search facts www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf.
Tracing your family history has been made much easier with the creation of the American Immigration Family History Center at Ellis Island. Once you get to the website at www.ellisisland.org all you need to do is register by creating a user name and password, then you can conduct searches of Passenger Arrival Records. By simply entering in a last name, you will find all the names from ship passenger logs that match. The passenger's name, country of origin, age, and date of arrival are shown to help you create your family tree. If desired, you can purchase copies of the original ship manifest, ship photographs, and passenger record certificates online. It couldn't be easier! For more information check out their website at www.ellisisland.org or contact The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc., Attn: History Center, 292 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017-7769; 212-561-4588; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The County Board of Elections (also called the Registrar of Voters) has public information from voter registration forms. You can look here to find someone as well. They can do a search to find out if a voter is registered in their district. They may be able to verify the person's full name, date of birth, current address, and political party. To learn how to access this information, contact your local County Board of Elections.
The State Department of Motor Vehicles in most states can help your search with public information from driver's license and car registration forms. You will need to provide them with the person's full name, date of birth, and maybe the person's driver's license number. You may also need to put your request in writing, and there might be a fee for this service. Your State's Department of Motor Vehicles is in your state's capitol. Information accessibility varies from state to state, so you need to find out what information your state will provide.
Requests for military addresses should be sent to the respective service of the individual whose address is being sought. Because of the large volume of requests that each service locator receives, please allow four weeks processing time for written requests. The following information is needed for all requests for all locator services:
* Give as much identifying information as possible about the person you wish to locate such as full name, rank, last duty assignment/last known military address, service number, and Social Security number.
* The locator service is free to immediate family members and government officials. Other family members, civilian friends, businesses and others must pay $3.50. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. Remember to include your check if necessary to the appropriate branch of service.
United States ArmyThe Army will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. CommanderU.S. Army Enlisted Records & Evaluation CenterATTN: Locator8899 East 56th StreetFort Benjamin Harrison, IN 46249-5301
United States NavyThe Navy's locator service helps locate individuals on active duty and those whose service ended less than a year ago. In addition, the Navy will forward letters as long as the correct postage is affixed to the envelope. You can call the locator service at 901-874-3388. World Wide LocatorBureau of Naval PersonnelPERS 312F5720 Integrity DriveMillington, TN 38055-3120
United States Marine CorpsThe Marine Corps can provide the duty station for active duty personnel and reservists. For retired individuals, the locator service can provide the city and state, but not an address. The service will provide the service member's current rank and unit address; however, due to the locator's staffing, the office cannot forward mail except in special cases. Telephone requests to 703-640-3942/43 are free of charge to immediate family members. In addition, a telephone service will be provided at no cost to any individual, business or organization, if the Marine locator decides the information would benefit the individual. Send written locator requests to:Commandant of the Marine CorpsHeadquarters, USMCCode MMSB-10Quantico, VA 22134-5030
United States Air ForceThe Air Force can locate active duty personnel, as well as retirees, reservists and guardsmen. This information is not available for those who have separated from the Air Force or are Army Air Corps retirees. Information on individuals stationed overseas or in a sensitive position will not be released. However, the locator service will forward mail to that person for up to 90 days, as long as the correct postage is on the envelope and any required fee has been paid. Parents, spouses, and government officials may call 210-652-5774 for a recorded message or 210-652-5775 for non-recorded service. For locator service, write to:HQ AFMPC/RMIQL550 C Street, West, Suite 50Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has an inmate locator service for those inmates in Federal prisons. Check it out online at www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp
If you need help getting word to a family member at a time of emergency or locating a lost loved one, try contacting the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. In many instances, they can help you find your family member. Try contacting these organizations at Salvation Army National Headquarters, 615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313; 703-684-5500; www.salvationarmyusa.org/ or American Red Cross National Headquarters, 2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20006; 202-303-4498; www.redcross.org/services/afes
You can find out who owes money to whom by checking out the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) available through your Secretary of State's office. Some states, like Ohio, let you search by the individual name of the debtor in a secured loan transaction. To see which information your state offers, contact your Secretary of State's office. You can find the office by going to www.govengine.com.