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FamilyTreenow: How to Opt Out and Remove Yourself from FamilyTreenow | Step-by-Step Instructions

What is FamilyTreenow?

FamilyTreenow’s mission, according to its website, is “to create the best free genealogy site in the world.” This is a popular genealogy website in the US that provides an extensive directory including common last names. They source their data from public government records and other open sources. You can acquire one’s information like birth or death records, census, and even living people records. Follow the steps in this article to Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow.

In today's hyper-connected world where information can be used for both good and bad, more and more people are prioritizing their privacy and choosing to opt-out of people search data brokers like Familytreenow to prevent private personal information from being displayed openly and bought and sold to anyone on the Internet.

How do I Opt-Out and Remove Myself from Familytreenow?

There are three primary ways to remove your personal information from Familytreenow depending on whether you would like to sign up for an automated service or would like to do it yourself manually, or whether you live in California or not. California has the most progressive consumer data privacy laws in the United States, providing residents of California with special privacy protections.

  1. Sign up for Optery's automated opt out and data deletion service. You're busy and your time is extremely valuable - it's worth the few bucks per month to have us do the work for you. Our platform also continues monitoring and removing your profile from dozens of other data brokers on an ongoing basis (on average, your information can be found on 30+ data broker websites). Click here to sign up and get started with a free account.
  2. Submit your opt out manually to remove your name and report from public display on Familytreenow using Familytreenow's Public Records Opt Out Process. You can do this yourself and it's available to all residents of the United States. Scroll down further to How do I Opt Out of Familytreenow Manually?
  3. Submit your California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Data Deletion Request manually. The CCPA Data Deletion Request is only available to residents of California and is a more robust opt out that purges your data as opposed to simply having it removed from public display (as described above). Click here to review Instructions for submitting a CCPA Data Deletion Request to Familytreenow (only applicable to California residents).

How do I Opt Out of FamilyTreenow Manually?

  1. Navigate to the FamilyTreenow opt-out page: https://www.familytreenow.com/optout. Enter your email address, verify the captcha box and click Begin Opt Out Procedure.
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2. Run a search by filling in your name, city-state location, and birth year. For more refined results, you may click “add more criteria” to expand the criteria options to add the birth country, relative name, county, date of death, address, and/or phone number, whichever information is available. 

Simple search

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Expanded search

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3. After you have found yourself in the search results, click on the record detail. Verify this is you and not someone else with the same name.

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4. Once you have verified that the record belongs to you, click the red ‘Opt Out’ button that is on the top part of the page.

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5. An on-screen confirmation will appear if your opt-out request is successful. You will receive an email with a verification link, click on the link to confirm your opt-out request.

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6. Once you have clicked on the verification link, an on-screen confirmation will appear that your request is now being processed and that your record will be removed from FamilyTreenow within 72 hours.

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In most cases, FamilyTreenow immediately removes your record after the request has been successfully confirmed. If you have multiple records that need to be removed, repeat steps 1-5.

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