Mos people might not have even been aware their entire life that public records exist. Of course, with the help they can be to legal settlements and litigation, genealogy and historical research, public policy precedents and more, it makes a lot of sense to keep certain documents on record for easy viewing by the public. In fact, since the first settlements resembling modern day societies sprouted up, public record keeping has been commonplace as a means of resolving or preempting disputes. Even so, public records remain an underused resource for the average citizen. In this article, you will learn the various types of documents and information that can be unearthed through public records requests. While the methods for retrieving public public records vary between jurisdictions and based upon the specific information you’re seeking, general information on retrieving each type of document or record will be given when readily available.