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Try this one search to find the People Search sites that have YOUR private info, plus links to remove it

Does doing a Google search for your name turn up a ton of results from those annoying people search websites?  Now you can easily find which websites have your private information, and follow links to have your information deleted.  It's easy and it's free.

Just go to PeopleSearch on Google Search, type your name and location (e.g. city or state) and choose "INCLUDE ONLY search results from people search sites" and the click the "Run Full Google Search" button.  The page looks like this:


You can view the full description of the new functionality below the PeopleSearch tool under the heading "NEW!  How to Filter Search Results from People Search sites and Social Media sites".

What People Search sites are searched?

These are the people search sites searched by PeopleSearch, listed roughly in order or traffic ranking according to Alexa:

whitepages.com, beenverified.com, zoominfo.com, mylife.com, spokeo.com, truepeoplesearch.com, instantcheckmate.com, clustrmaps.com, truthfinder.com, fastpeoplesearch.com, peoplefinders.com, rocketreach.co, apollo.io, intelius.com, owler.com, usphonebook.com, peekyou.com, peoplelooker.com, radaris.com, smartbackgroundchecks.com, pipl.com, familytreenow.com, searchpeoplefree.com, checkpeople.com, thatsthem.com, 411.com, advancedbackgroundchecks.com, ussearch.com, anywho.com, zabasearch.com, peoplesearchnow.com, xlek.com, publicrecords.directory, peoplebyname.com, checkthem.com, veripages.com, peoplesmart.com, findpeoplesearch.com, dobsearch.com, people-background-check.com, fullnamedirectory.com, phoneowner.com, publicrecords360.com, backgroundcheck.run, publicrecords.com

For your convenience, I've added links in the "How to Filter Search Results" section of PeopleSearch that will take you directly to the opt-out page of each people search site where you can request to have your information removed


TIP:  You can also Include or Exclude Social Media sites in your search

These are the social media sites searched by PeopleSearch, listed roughly in order or traffic ranking according to Alexa:

youtube.com, facebook.com, baidu.com, qq.com, wikipedia.org, amazon.com, reddit.com, instagram.com, twitter.com, stackoverflow.com, linkedin.com, github.com, whatsapp.com, tumblr.com, medium.com, stackexchange.com, pinterest.com, messenger.com, quora.com, tripadvisor.com, skype.com, yelp.com, tiktok.com, nextdoor.com, wechat.com, snapchat.com, qzone.com


Online privacy is a concern, and I hope this enhancement makes it a little bit easier to find your private information on the internet...and have it removed if you want to.  

Please feel free to share with anyone who might find this helpful, and leave me comments if you feel there are relevant people search sites or social media sites I have overlooked.

Happy searching!

Now AncestorSearch can cut through the muck of all of those annoying People Search sites

Does doing a Google search for your ancestors turn up a ton of results from those annoying People Search websites?  Now you can easily INCLUDE or EXCLUDE those websites from your search based on a new enhancement to AncestorSearch on Google Search!

Now you can filter your AncestorSearch search results to EXCLUDE or to INCLUDE ONLY search results from major people search sites and social media sites.  The options look like this:
AncestorSearch and PeopleSearch Filter Search Results options

You can view the full description of the new functionality below the AncestorSearch tool under the heading "NEW!  How to Filter Search Results from People Search sites and Social Media sites".

What People Search sites are searched?

These are the people search sites searched by AncestorSearch, listed roughly in order or traffic ranking according to Alexa:

whitepages.com, beenverified.com, zoominfo.com, mylife.com, spokeo.com, truepeoplesearch.com, instantcheckmate.com, clustrmaps.com, truthfinder.com, fastpeoplesearch.com, peoplefinders.com, rocketreach.co, apollo.io, intelius.com, owler.com, usphonebook.com, peekyou.com, peoplelooker.com, radaris.com, smartbackgroundchecks.com, pipl.com, familytreenow.com, searchpeoplefree.com, checkpeople.com, thatsthem.com, 411.com, advancedbackgroundchecks.com, ussearch.com, anywho.com, zabasearch.com, peoplesearchnow.com, xlek.com, publicrecords.directory, peoplebyname.com, checkthem.com, veripages.com, peoplesmart.com, findpeoplesearch.com, dobsearch.com, people-background-check.com, fullnamedirectory.com, phoneowner.com, publicrecords360.com, backgroundcheck.run, publicrecords.com

What Social Media sites are searched?

These are the social media sites searched by AncestorSearch, listed roughly in order or traffic ranking according to Alexa:

youtube.com, facebook.com, baidu.com, qq.com, wikipedia.org, amazon.com, reddit.com, instagram.com, twitter.com, stackoverflow.com, linkedin.com, github.com, whatsapp.com, tumblr.com, medium.com, stackexchange.com, pinterest.com, messenger.com, quora.com, tripadvisor.com, skype.com, yelp.com, tiktok.com, nextdoor.com, wechat.com, snapchat.com, qzone.com


TIP:  Concerned about your privacy?  

Use the "INCLUDE ONLY search results from people search sites" option to find our what people search sites have your personal information.  To search, it's typically best to start by typing just First Name, Last Name and Place (e.g. city or state). You can also type a 4-digit year or an age into the Year box, and choose "Exact" if you're getting too many results.

For your convenience, I've added links in the How to Filter Search Results section of AncestorSearch that will take you directly to the opt-out page of each people search site where you can request to have your information removed

Want it all?

And remember, if you want AncestorSearch to give you ALL Google search results, just leave the "Filter Search Results" set to its default setting of "Do not filter search results."


I hope this enhancement makes it even easier to better hone your search!  Please feel free to share with anyone who might find this helpful, and leave me comments if you feel there are relevant people search sites or social media sites I have overlooked.

Happy searching!

Create a link to a map of ANY Section, Township and Range, including your CURRENT location

If you have a website that makes use of legal land descriptions, now you can quickly create a link to a map centered on any Section, Township and Range.  Or if you are traveling looking at large land parcels, you can see what Township, Range and Section you are currently* in.

This is an advanced capability of the Section Township Range on Google Maps tool.

To zoom into a particular Section, Township and Range, create a link such as this:

https://www.randymajors.com/p/township-range-on-google-maps.html?state=CO&s=15&t=4&td=N&r=69&rd=W

Clicking this link takes you to this map:

Map of Section 15, Township 4 North, Range 69 West, Colorado

TIP: copy/paste the link above and customize to suit your needs

The parameters you can use are as follows:
      • state - REQUIRED FIELD.  Expects a two character state abbreviation, such as ?state=CO
      • s - Optionally include a particular section number, such as &s=15 (if not included, the map will center on the entire township and range) 
      • t - REQUIRED FIELD.  This is the Township number, such as &t=4 
      • td - REQUIRED FIELD.  This is the Township direction indicator and must be N, S, E or W, such as &td=N
      • r - REQUIRED FIELD.  This is the Range number, such as &r=69 
      • rd - REQUIRED FIELD.  This is the Range direction indicator and must be E, W, N or S, such as &rd=W
      • color - optionally choose the color used for the Map Title. Expects a 6-character hex color code without the leading # character, for example, &color=00FF00 would create a green map title (free tools are widely available on the internet to find your hex color)
      • title - optionally creates a title for the map, such as &title=Sec+15+T4N+R69W+CO

      To zoom to your PRESENT* Section, Township and Range, create a link such as this:

      https://www.randymajors.com/p/township-range-on-google-maps.html?loc=true&color=00EE00&title=My+Current+Township+Range+Section

      The parameters you can use are as follows:
          • loc - REQUIRED FIELD.  Expects to be set to true in order to use your current location, such as ?loc=true
          • color - optionally choose the color used for the Map Title. Expects a 6-character hex color code without the leading # character, for example, &color=00FF00 would create a green map title (free tools are widely available on the internet to find your hex color)
          • title - optionally creates a title for the map, such as &title=My+Current+Township+Range+Section

          A few important things to make this work:

          1.  You must use the question mark ( ? ) right after .html, as shown above
          2.  Do NOT use spaces anywhere in the URL or query parameters
          3.  You must separate query parameters using the ampersand ( & ), as shown above
          4.  User the + character to represent spaces in the title parameter

          TIP:  For simplicity, you can drop the https://www from the front

          Your current location is typically more accurate on smartphones and other devices containing a GPS; desktop browsers typically show an approximate location.


          Happy mapping!

          AncestorSearch Alert: Your ancestor is long gone, but Google may find something new tomorrow!

          According to an internet study, Google is adding an average of 68 MILLION new web pages to its search index EVERY DAY!

          What if one of those new pages contains a mention of your ancestor?

          Think of all of the possibilities:  new archives coming online all the time, old books and newspapers being scanned, people writing genealogy blog posts, newly indexed records becoming searchable...and so much more.  So how do you make sure you don't miss something important?

          To make it easier to remain informed about new pages that contain a mention of your ancestor, you can now SET A GOOGLE ALERT in the AncestorSearch on Google Search tool.  After you fill out your search on AncestorSearch, just click the "Set Google Alert" button near the bottom of the tool:


          AncestorSearch on Google Search Set Google Alert

          Here's a quick example

          Let's say you want to be informed everytime someone mentions the marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.  Here's how to do it:

          1. Fill out the information in AncestorSearch as shown (learn how AncestorSearch focuses your search results):

          AncestorSearch on Google Search Thomas Lincoln example.png

          2. Click the "Run Full Google Search" just be sure your search is behaving as expected.  Close the tab that opened with the search results so that you can go back to AncestorSearch.

          3. If all looks good with the search, now you can click the "Set Google Alert" button at the bottom of the tool.

          4. The Google Alerts window appears, where you can customize the alert options, including how often you want to receive update (as-it-happens, at most daily, at most weekly), search sources (automatic, news, blogs, web, books, discussions, etc), language, region, how many (only the best results, all results), and delivery options (e-mail address, RSS feed).  Here's what the Google Alerts setup window looks like:

          AncestorSearch Google Alerts setup

          5. Once you're done setting your Alert options, just click the "Create Alert" button, and you're good to go!  If you ever want to alter or delete the Google Alert, just go to https://www.google.com/alerts and make any changes.

          Remember, AncestorSearch uses the full power of Google, it's just a timesaver and keeps you from having to type awkward symbols and syntax into Google Search, like this:

          "thomas lincoln"|"lincoln, thomas" "nancy hanks"|"hanks, nancy" 1804|1805|1806|1807|1808 marriage|married|marriages|wedding|wed|marry|intention

          I hope this addition helps you keep uncovering more and more new old information on your ancestors!

          If you find this helpful, please share it with your friends!  And maybe I'll see you at RootsTech 2020 next week!