Help Finding Your Way Around The County Recorder & Assessor’s Offices – Tutorials From The Advanced Media Institute

On its website, to assist in the education and training of journalism students, the Advanced Media Institute at UC Berkeley has a collection of tutorials including research tutorials.  Journalists frequently need to research the same subject areas as legal researchers – court cases, property records and business information.  Many of these practical and well-organized research tutorials were authored by Paul Grabowicz for students in his Computer Assisted Reporting class.

For Alameda County legal researchers, these tutorials are especially helpful because, as they are coming out of Berkeley, the organization and procedures of Alameda County and other East Bay government offices are highlighted.

This link – – will take you to the home page for the tutorials.  The website policy does not allow for any republishing of the content of the tutorials without express written permission but feel free to explore these internet resources.

Researching Alameda County and other East Bay property records

Tutorial: Assessor’s Office  researching who owns a piece of property by address and assessed value, this information is only available in-person, no internet site

Tutorial: Recorder’s Office   guide to what can and cannot be found within county property ownership records, includes abbreviation list for documents listed in records

Other tutorials legal researchers might find informative

Tutorial: Bankruptcy Court Records

Tutorial: Business and Corporation Records

Tutorial: Businesses Regulation Agencies

Tutorial: Civil Court Lawsuits

Tutorial: Criminal Court Records

Tutorial: Public Records Act Request Resources    includes examples of sample letters with filing information

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