Knowledge-sharing

Giving thanks for those who share

Well, I’ve survived another family Thanksgiving here at Casa de Phelps. Many years ago, when I married into the family, I had no idea what a fun ride it...

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Social Security traces

Comparing Social Security traces

In a recent post, I discussed Social Security traces, including what they are, how we use them at Phelps Research, and the problems with these reports. This time, I’ll...

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Association of Independent Information Professionals

Why I’m a member of AIIP

As many of you know, I’m an active member and a past-president of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP). I first joined in 2001, a year after starting...

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Prevent fraud by verifying their degrees

The easiest way to catch a crook

I just received one of the best phone calls an investigator can get. A client called to say thanks and let me know that our due diligence process worked....

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Anatomy of an SSN trace

Anatomy of a Social Security trace

One of the first steps in creating our background reports is to run what’s known as a Social Security trace or an SSN trace. It’s a report that lists...

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Wish list for information vendors

My wish list for information vendors

As an info pro/researcher/investigator, I use a lot of specialized database products for news, public records, and other info. As a result, I’ve had a chance to work with...

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Tools for creating info visualizations

Tools for creating charts, maps, and diagrams

I recently taught a 1/2 day workshop at  WebSearch University in Washington DC on Visualization Tools for Turning Information Into Insights. At a conference that basically focuses on the...

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