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Genealogy Website may have your information on it

It was brought to our attention that there is a genealogy website called Family Tree Now which might very well have information on it that you MAY NOT want there. The info might include your address, past addresses, family members, possibly your children, ages etc.  I (TWBTC) went to the website and, indeed, my information was on the site.  How it got there I do not know because I have never visited that site before, but I suspect that the information is drawn from various public cyberspace sources.  I followed their opt-out instructions and my information was removed within 36 hours. I have rechecked the site several times since opt-outing and my information continues to be erased from the site.

Below are instructions on how to OPT-OUT. It will take up to 48 hours to have your information completely removed and you will also want to search former last names (maiden and married) as you may be listed twice.

Here is the information on how to remove yourself from Family Tree Now. 

Step #1:  Go to www.familytreenow.com/optout and read carefully through the steps.  After reading the steps, confirm you are not a robot with reCAPTCHA and then click on the green “Begin Opt Out Procedure” button.

Step #2:  Fill out the form that comes up to search their records.  

Step #3: Once the results come up click on the record to open it up and read it to be sure that it is you.  If several options come up, look at all of them to find your records.  Once you have found your record, click on the red “Opt Out This Record” button.

 

9 Comments

  1. Seeing Clearly

    Thank you Super Sleuth. This insight will help to protect our precious sisters and children who are forced to keep running for their basic safety.

  2. broken not shattered

    It looks like info from credit reports. How I know, my name was associated with someone who had used my address and my social (without my permission). I opted out and it disappeared not long after. Thank you!

  3. But He Didn't Hit Me

    Thank you. Did it twice, once for former married name and once for maiden name. Thank you very much.

  4. Song of Joy

    Unfortunately, this website is only one of many. 😦
    Personal information is out there available on many places with just a simple google search. There is absolutely no privacy. Every organization, company, charity etc., is perfectly willing to sell or provide personal data on folks. It seems so unfair.

    • Anonymous

      What you’ve written Song Of Joy is so true!

      I wonder if this is going to be another selling point when the mark of the beast is enacted. Something like, “No more personal identity information on the WWW. Each person will now be able to carry all their own information in one of two safe places on their own person!”

  5. Reader

    Thank you for this information.

    Readers may also want to make sure that their information is not listed on the ‘Spokeo’ or ‘Intellius’ or ‘DexKnows’ websites as well. Just a thought.

    Thank you again for this information.

  6. Jessica

    There are a lot of these websites out there that publish your personal information. It seems like keeping mine private is an ongoing battle as new sites keep popping up.
    This is a good starting point if you want to remove your info from as many sites as possible:
    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2849263/data-privacy/doxxing-defense-remove-your-personal-info-from-data-brokers.html

  7. Misti

    Thank you. I just opted out, and the process was thankfully easy and quick.

  8. Law4All

    This is a two edged sword.
    When opting out, you confirm your information.
    Another company can use it.
    The cycle continues.

    See this article and its comments thread:
    “Spreading The Word on Removing Yourself From Background Check Sites”Part 1” by Sarah A. Downey, attorney and privacy analyst.

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