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New information pasted over the contents of this articleEdit

I moved the information below to this page: "Stephen Breedlove United States Public Records Name: Stephen Breedlove Residence Date: 15 Nov 2007 Residence Place: Marietta, Georgia, United States Phone Number: (678) 560-5972 Phone Number Recorded Date: 15 Nov 2007 Address: 3860 Creek Hollow Way Address Continued: Marietta, Georgia 30062 Possible Relatives: Diane Collins Breedlove Record Number: 1254726416 Attach to Family Tree
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United States Public Records, 1970-2009 Search collection About this collection Citing this Record "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch Stephen Breedlove : accessed 24 July 2015 Stephen Breedlove Residence, Marietta, Georgia, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information."

The above information is incorrect for Stephen Breedlove. It is correct for Diane Collins Breedlove. This type of information should be passed along using the feedback button while looking at the collection. When submitted that way it is logged and acted upon.

Dorothy Horan, User Guidance Supervisor 16:01, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

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 Taking and publishing my UNPUBLISHED number is anotther and I request that it be removed immediately!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 creepyEdit

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 IgnoredEdit

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)

I OBJECT TO PERPETUATION OF PUBLIC RECORDS w/r/t the 4th Amendment to the ConstitutionEdit

FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

United States Public Records Index I found in "Record Hints" is contrary to my 4th Amendment rights. With this index, my information and all living persons' information has been compiled and indexed. One record for my family showed my father living in 2000---wrong---he died in 1990. The record named my mother and sister at that address. Family Search is wrong in perpetuating access to information for living persons. I hope they will back out of connecting with "Your Public Records page at" All Americans have lost their privacy. WE HAVE LOST SECURITY Becky Dokos

Public recordsEdit

I searched myself and found significant errors in addresses and phone numbers.

Changes to residence on 2004Edit

I, Ivan William Macdonald, moved to New Harmony,UT. in Oct. 1999. I have lived here for 15 years as of today 4/7/2015. I have not lived at 907 Farragut Pl. since leaving in 1999.

Assumed Facts... Inaccurate dates cited for residences.Edit

The record I found for my Grandfather states his residence from 01 Jan 1998-01 Jun 2001. This is in no way correct since he died in 1990. I am certian that this is him since his surname is uncommon and he did in fact live at the location cited for a brief time back in the 1970s. I also found the same true of my Grandmother (although she at least was still alive during the time cited), but I know for a fact that she did not live there during the time frame cited either. 

This tells me that all of the records from this collection were input based on an assumption that the last reported residence (in this case, the 1970s) was in fact still their residences between 01 Jan 1998 and 01 Jun 2001. I would have thought that stipulating a date or specific time frame would have meant that the records used to create this collection were actually taken from that date/time frame. Unfortunately, this puts the value of the whole collection in question and makes it an unreliable source. At least I now know enough to discard these records, but what about others who are researching their family and who didn't know them that well? Genealogy can be hard enough without false leads to follow.

Public record availability on familysearchEdit

The availability of the so-called public records about living people is a farce and has been injurious to me. I happened upon an entry that identified me, but this entry had so much mis-information about me that it should not be available. After many years of telephone harassment by collection agencies about a person I don't even know, I understand how this bad connection was made--that person's name is in my entry as a relative. So collection agencies access these "public records" and use them in their collection efforts. Isn't that great! Please stop it.

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