What do I do if my search returned no hits?
If your search initially returned no hits, it doesn't always mean that person or company has no records.
Public records can be messy. Names are represented differently (Smith, John v. John Smith v. John K. Smith) and spelled differently, both within languages and across languages. Typos occur. Companies operate overseas under translations, transliterations, and/or official English DBAs.
It can take a few tries to find the right results. Here are some suggestions to help you along:
- Check to make sure all Sources are toggled On.
- Try using fuzzy and wildcard operators to broaden your search terms.
- Try using the search term translator. If you are searching in English, you may not see hits in records written in other languages.
- Are you searching for a company? Eliminate the corporate extension and search for the most unique part of the name; for example, search "Autoservicio Jatziry" or "Jatziry" instead of "Autoservicio Jatziry, S.A. de C.V." See here for more company search tips.
- Are you searching for a person? Work around word order variants with proximity, boost, and Boolean operators. Use fuzzy operators to handle typos or spelling variants. See here for more person search tips.
- If you are searching for a person, consider how naming conventions in that region could impact your search results.
- Are you searching for non-English terms? Consult our search tips for specific languages.
What do I do if my search returned too many hits?
If your initial search returned too many hits, you may want to try a more targeted search. Here are some suggestions:
- Try using advanced search operators. Simply searching for John Smith will return every record containing John, plus every record containing Smith. Advanced operators, such as quotation marks and wildcards, help narrow down your search results.
Try restricting your sources. Are your search results being flooded with thousands of hits from a jurisdiction you don't care about? Toggle that Source off to hide those results.
Try narrowing down your result options by including another search term such as a patronymic, a nationality, an address, the name of a city, or a related party.
- Consult our search tips for finding people, companies, addresses, and ID numbers.