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<p>This collection is an index of names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, and possible relatives of people who resided in the United States between 1970 and 2010. Not everyone who lived in the United States during this time will appear in the index. These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. Birth information may be included for those residents born primarily between 1900 and 1990. These records have been gathered from multiple sources. The original sources are not available.
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</p><p>FamilySearch has extracted very limited types of information and only information considered to be of genealogical value. Other records, such as court records, divorce records, and criminal records, which can be found on various internet sites, were not included in this collection for reasons of privacy.  
 
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== Record Description  ==
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<h2> Record Content  </h2>
 
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<p>The content varies by record. You may find any of the following:  
This collection is an index of names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and possible relatives of people who resided in the five boroughs of New York City between 1970 and 2010. These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public.  
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<ul><li>Name  
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</li><li>Address or residence  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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</li><li>Birth date  
 
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</li><li>Phone numbers  
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| text = “United States, Public Record Index, 1898-1994.” Index. ''FamilySearch.'' http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}
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<h2> How to Use the Record  </h2>
[[United States, Public Record Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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<p>To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your relatives to determine if this is related to you. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
 
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== Record Content  ==
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<ul><li>There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
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</li><li>You may not be sure of your own relative’s name.  
The content varies by record. You may find any of the following:  
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</li><li>Your relative may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
 
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</li></ul>
*Name  
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<p>For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at <a href="http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4">FamilySearch Search Tips</a>.
*Name variations  
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*Address or residence  
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<h4> Using the Information  </h4>
*Birth date  
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<p>When you have located your relative’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details about your family. The information may also lead you to other records about your family. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
*Phone numbers  
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</p>
*Possible relatives
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<ul><li>Use the information to search for other collections in FamilySearch.org.<br>  
 
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</li><li>Use the information to collaborate with family members to do genealogical research.
== How to Use the Record  ==
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</li></ul>
 
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<h4> Tips to Keep in Mind  </h4>
To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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<ul><li>When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
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</li><li>If you are unable to locate other family members, check for variant spellings of their names.
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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</li></ul>
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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<h4> Additional Information About This Collection  </h4>
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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<p>In the United States public records comprise an important class of genealogical sources. Public records are most often records collected and subsequently released by local, state, and federal government agencies. Many genealogists are familiar with public records such as the Federal Census and Social Security Death Index.
 
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</p><p>Other types of public records exist and often go underutilized by genealogists. Examples include county tax assessments, property liens, driver licenses, hunting licenses, civil and criminal court records, vehicle registrations, and voter registrations. In addition to public records generated by government agencies, corporations and private organizations also collect and disseminate records about individuals. Examples of these include telephone and address listings, credit applications, and membership directories.
==== Using the Information  ====
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</p><p>Public records are most useful to genealogists by providing information about a person's residence, often with associated dates of residence – much like a census record. These “residence events” are critical clues and help a genealogist find other records about individuals and families as research can be more narrowly focused to specific counties, cities, and even neighborhoods. Public records databases often contain a conglomeration of many different public records sources and can be combined to reveal individuals who lived at a common address at the same time – giving clues to possible family relationships. Additionally, public records frequently contain telephone numbers and even birthdates. These records can be extremely helpful in placing individuals and families in time and locality and lead directly to the discovery of other sources such as cemetery, church, school, and vital records. Genealogists often use public records databases to identify and contact distant cousins for DNA research and kinship determination projects.  
 
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</p>
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Extract the genealogical information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:  
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<h4> How to Remove Records from the U.S. Public Records Collection </h4>
 
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<p>The United States Public Records collection, found on FamilySearch.org, is provided by a 3rd party affiliate. All requests for record removal must be made through that site. The record removals will be reflected at the FamilySearch site as updates are received from our affiliate.
*Use the residence information to find the family in census, church, and county records. <br>  
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</p><p>To remove your information from this collection <br> ⇒ Click on the following link
*Use the possible relatives information to search in additional records.<br>  
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*Use the information to search for other collections in FamilySearch.org.<br>  
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<dl><dd><a href="http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage/?partner=familysearch&amp;amp">Manage You Public Records page</a>
*Use the information to collaborate with family members to do genealogical research.&nbsp;
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<p>⇒ Enter your search information and then click Find My Listing <br> ⇒ Click the This is Me button when you have located the correct record <br> ⇒ On the Set Your Privacy Preferences page, click the Opt out my Info button <br> ⇒ Complete the Security Check and Terms check boxes <br> ⇒ Click Continue to complete the opt out process <br>
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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</p><p>After the information is removed from the partner site, the next update to FamilySearch will remove the information.  
 
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*Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived nearby.
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<h2> Related Websites  </h2>
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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<p><a href="http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/United-States/">United States Free Public Records Nationwide</a>
*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Contents

Record Description

This collection is an index of names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, and possible relatives of people who resided in the United States between 1970 and 2010. Not everyone who lived in the United States during this time will appear in the index. These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. Birth information may be included for those residents born primarily between 1900 and 1990. These records have been gathered from multiple sources. The original sources are not available.

FamilySearch has extracted very limited types of information and only information considered to be of genealogical value. Other records, such as court records, divorce records, and criminal records, which can be found on various internet sites, were not included in this collection for reasons of privacy.

Record Content

The content varies by record. You may find any of the following:

  • Name
  • Name variations
  • Address or residence
  • Birth date
  • Phone numbers
  • Possible relatives

How to Use the Record

To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your relatives to determine if this is related to you. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own relative’s name.
  • Your relative may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at <a href="http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4">FamilySearch Search Tips</a>.

Using the Information

When you have located your relative’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details about your family. The information may also lead you to other records about your family. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the information to search for other collections in FamilySearch.org.
  • Use the information to collaborate with family members to do genealogical research.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If you are unable to locate other family members, check for variant spellings of their names.

Additional Information About This Collection

In the United States public records comprise an important class of genealogical sources. Public records are most often records collected and subsequently released by local, state, and federal government agencies. Many genealogists are familiar with public records such as the Federal Census and Social Security Death Index.

Other types of public records exist and often go underutilized by genealogists. Examples include county tax assessments, property liens, driver licenses, hunting licenses, civil and criminal court records, vehicle registrations, and voter registrations. In addition to public records generated by government agencies, corporations and private organizations also collect and disseminate records about individuals. Examples of these include telephone and address listings, credit applications, and membership directories.

Public records are most useful to genealogists by providing information about a person's residence, often with associated dates of residence – much like a census record. These “residence events” are critical clues and help a genealogist find other records about individuals and families as research can be more narrowly focused to specific counties, cities, and even neighborhoods. Public records databases often contain a conglomeration of many different public records sources and can be combined to reveal individuals who lived at a common address at the same time – giving clues to possible family relationships. Additionally, public records frequently contain telephone numbers and even birthdates. These records can be extremely helpful in placing individuals and families in time and locality and lead directly to the discovery of other sources such as cemetery, church, school, and vital records. Genealogists often use public records databases to identify and contact distant cousins for DNA research and kinship determination projects.

How to Remove Records from the U.S. Public Records Collection

The United States Public Records collection, found on FamilySearch.org, is provided by a 3rd party affiliate. All requests for record removal must be made through that site. The record removals will be reflected at the FamilySearch site as updates are received from our affiliate.

To remove your information from this collection
⇒ Click on the following link

<a href="http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage/?partner=familysearch&amp">Manage You Public Records page</a>

⇒ Enter your search information and then click Find My Listing
⇒ Click the This is Me button when you have located the correct record
⇒ On the Set Your Privacy Preferences page, click the Opt out my Info button
⇒ Complete the Security Check and Terms check boxes
⇒ Click Continue to complete the opt out process

After the information is removed from the partner site, the next update to FamilySearch will remove the information.

Related Websites

<a href="http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/United-States/">United States Free Public Records Nationwide</a>

Related Wiki Articles

<a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States">United States</a>

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Template:Collection citationfckLR

<a href="United States, Public Record Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection">Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.</a>