24 July 2017

Unclaimed Persons – every life is worth remembering


Unclaimed Persons – every life is worth remembering

The tagline says it all.  Every life IS worth remembering.

We first talked about Unclaimed Persons back in 2013 in an article bearing the same title “Unclaimed Persons -- every life is worth remembering.”

The website has a new look and its continued mission is just as important as it has always been. “As of June 5, 2017, we have solved 471 cases! Our current solve rate is 70% and we have worked with 55 different county offices to help locate next of kin for unclaimed persons.”  On Facebook?  Unclaimed persons has a page.

So many more have not yet been solved.  The NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) UnClaimed Persons database, funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, lists Unclaimed persons. Currently, the website lists 3925 cases!  NamUs also has a Missing Persons Database and an Unidentified Persons Database.

As genealogists, we can assist with helping identify next of kin for any deceased person who is unclaimed and possibly help with those who are deceased and remain unidentified.

Much of our family history research is done to honor our ancestors.  Connecting next of kin with unclaimed deceased individuals helps those families reconnect with a lost loved one.


What similar identification support services for unclaimed persons are you aware of?




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