Talk:United States, Public Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This index has to be removed! It's stolen my unlisted telephone number and posted it publicly!!!!!! It has personal information! Does no one there UNDERSTAND the problems with identity theft??????? It says the numbers were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public.
The ONLY place on these records that my phone number could be is a credit application. I PAY monthly to have an unlisted phone number! Who there thinks this index is a good idea? Phone listings of people that WANT to be found or have their information published is one thing as they've agreed to it. Taking and publishing my UNPUBLISHED number is anotther and I request that it be removed immediately!

Millions of dollars are lost to ID theft and you've just given the world easy access to private information!

A new section has been added to this article explaining how How to Remove Records from the U.S. Public Records Collection --Steve (talk| contribs) 19:30, 23 October 2013 (UTC)


Thank you for your comments. This information was obtained from another website. You may follow the instructions below to remove your name from that website.

These are the same instructions that Steve has linked to in his message above:

How to Remove Records from the U.S. Public Records Collection The United States Public Records collection, found on, 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

Manage You Public Records page
⇒ 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.

Dorothy Horan, User Guidance Supervisor 15:09, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

this is so creepy

I don't think that FamilySearch should be publishing data on living people, even if it is from a publicly available database. Please rethink this policy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abietis (talk | contribs) 02:00, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Please leave feedback about specific collections in the feedback area found on the collection page. When you do that your comments will be gathered and reported to the appropriate people within FamilySearch.

Dorothy Horan, User Guidance Supervisor 03:32, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

Privacy Considerations Have Been Ignored

There's not much that can be done about records for deceased people. Records for living people are a different matter. Identity thieves are even now mining the rich wealth of names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, residences, and family connections made possible by you and your support "partners" regarding the Public Records site. In years past, governments gathered this information, not knowing that future generations would see fit to computerize it. Whether or not I took out a chattel mortgage when I was young and innocent is none of anyone's business now, and the fact it was filed (along with a whole lot of identifying information I wish I could take back) does not make everything in it public. I would have expected FamilySearch to exercise more discretion in uploading this "database," because so much in it is assumption. By the way, I have tried repeatedly to remove my own records from this database, and your "partner's" web site merely tells me there is an error, come back later. Fix the link. Genehisthome 19:21, 17 May 2014 (UTC)