WA Web Links

Washington Web Links

 Click on bold for link

 

Backgrounding People and Professionals 

Professional licenses: A searchable site for every type of state license (A-Z) from medical professionals to contractors.

Health-care practitioner licenses and discipline: A searchable index of licensed and disciplined health-care practitioners from physicians to counselors.

Deeds, mortgages and marriage licenses: All-in-one spot for tracking real estate ownership to marriages. See the Business links (below) for more real estate tools.

Domestic partnership registrations: Searchable list of registered partners.

Public Disclosure Commission: Search financial disclosures by candidate, lobby groups and PAC.

Secretary of State corporate filings: Search registrations to track a person’s business history. Can provide clues to past problems, such as bankruptcies, or reveal little-known links to financial interests.

Dept. of Labor and Industries: Search a business or individual for compliance to all legal requirements for operating in Washington.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times: Search the newspaper website for paid obituaries.

Social Security Death Index: Search for information on the deceased, including DOB and place of birth and death. Requires free registration to the site.

Physician finder: The American Medical Assoc. index to more than 814,000 licensed physicians.

People finder – This paid site offers a little bit of free info – a tool for on the fly – that includes previous addresses and names of relatives. They provide just enough data to entice you into buying the full $30 report.

 

 Breaking News (when accidents occur)

Aviation accident

FAA Aircraft Registration: Look up the N number (on the tail) and determine who owns the plane.

National flight tracker: A real-time tracker that reveals arriving and departing flights at any airport. The free registration site also provides limited historical data and ownership info with tail number search.

SeaTac Airport flight path tracker: Follow flight activity (via WebTrak). There’s a 15-minute delay, but you can go back in time. Includes aircraft flight ID, airports, aircraft type and altitude.

Aviation databases (Portal) Links to many aviation and registration sites. Go to home page (Landings.com) for cyber café.

Live transmission of air traffic control (Portal): Listen to live radio traffic between planes and tower. Searchable by city and airport.

Workplace injuries

OSHA Inspections: Searchable national database of federal violations and investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

King County Restaurant Inspections: Searchable database of restaurant inspections to help unravel the history of a food-related establishment.

 

Business

Federal

Federal Procurement DataSearch for federal contractors and retrieve basic files.

SEC Filings (EDGAR database): Vast online database of corporate filings for public businesses via the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FDA Warning LettersSearch for businesses or individuals cited by the FDA for possible violations. Download copies of the FDA letters.

State

Secretary of State corporate filings: Search registrations to track a person’s business history. Can provide clues to past problems, such as bankruptcies, or reveal little-known links to financial interests.

Dept. of Revenue business search: Find registered businesses statewide

Dept. of Labor and Industries: Search a business or individual for compliance to all legal requirements for operating in Washington.

Deeds, mortgages and marriage licenses: All-in-one spot for tracking real estate ownership to marriages. See the Business links for more real estate tools.

 

Consumer and Health

Health-care practitioner licenses and discipline: A searchable index of licensed and disciplined health-care practitioners from physicians to counselors.

Nursing home inspection reports: A portal site by ProPublica that provides federal survey reports of nursing homes nationally. Track health and safety issues from food quality to infection control.

Physician finderThe American Medical Assoc. index to more than 814,000 licensed physicians.

King County Restaurant Inspections: Searchable database of restaurant inspections to help unravel the history of a food-related establishment.

Secretary of State charity search: Locate or verify registered charities statewide.

Guidestar (national non-profits): Search the nation and obtain financial filings for most non-profit groups. May require a registration fee for full access to 990s, though non-profits are required to provide them on request (some post them to their websites).

National Library of Medicine; Nat. Institutes of Health: Great place to find medical research.

 

 Courts, Crime and Jails

Federal prison inmate locator: A Federal Bureau of Prisons searchable database of federal prisoners.

Washington prison inmate locator: Search for the location of state prison inmates  

Washington Sex Offenders: Search for registered sex offenders.

Courts

Nationwide State Court links: A portal to every searchable state court website nationally.

Washington Courts (statewide): Search by name for court cases, which include minor traffic infractions, in some cases, to major felony crimes. Some cases are linked to dockets.

Washington Sex Offenders: Search for registered sex offenders.

Seattle Municipal Court: Searchable site for local cases.

County jail inmate search

King County

Pierce County (click on “Jail roster”)

Snohomish County

City jail inmate search

Issaquah (and surrounding area) Bellevue; Clyde Hill; Duvall; Maple Valley; Medina; Mercer Island; North Bend; Redmond;Sammamish; Snoqualmie; Black Diamond; Normandy Park; Bothell; Carnation; Kirkland; Shoreline; Woodinville; Newcastle; Pacific.

  

Politics and legislation

Federal 

National links to state legislative sites: Quick links to every searchable state legislation website. Search for bills – passed and proposed.

Federal Campaign Contributions – Search the highly-regarded Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets) database.

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) – Go to the original source of campaign data.

FEC Public Inspection Files – Discover how much was paid for those politcial ads and, in some cases, clues to the identifies behind shadowy front groups.

Library of Congress: Search for federal legislation and lots more.

Washington

State legislation search: Search by legislator, topic and year. Vast archive with a variety of legislative documents.

Public Disclosure Commission: Search financial disclosures by candidate, lobby groups and PAC.

 

Property and Real Estate

Track real estate anywhere in the nation: This all-in-one site allows you to drill down to any county assessor office, in any state, and link directly to the searchable information. Go to “data online” link once you’ve located the county.

Deeds, mortgages and marriage licenses: All-in-one spot for tracking real estate ownership to marriages. See the Business links (below) for more real estate tools.

King County property SearchRetrieve a picture of the home, size and details, tax data and links to parcel data and viewer.

Pierce County property search:

Snohomish County property search:

Zillow: A popular real estate site with satellite mapping, home history and purchase price and lots more. Great for checking out areas before you drive there.

 

 Research

List of Dictionaries, Thesauruses and Quotations: Dozens of reference guides at your fingertips.

Wayback Machine: Hunt down previous versions of most web sites. Valuable for locating press releases, budgets and other documents once embedded on a website but removed.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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