Though we most often use our genealogical research skills to identify long-deceased ancestors, they can also be used to identify living family members for the recently deceased.
According to Unclaimed Persons – every life is worth remembering ...
It's a quiet but disturbing epidemic. People are going to their graves with no family to claim them. Medical examiners and coroners' offices—frequently overstretched with burgeoning case loads—are turning to an unexpected resource for help. Over 400 genealogists are now offering their volunteer services to help locate the next of kin for unclaimed persons. And it's working. To date, more than 400 cases have been solved through this unusual partnership.
Do check out the video on the page where Megan Smolenyak and others talk about the process of. And, read her article (written in 2009) about her efforts, Unclaimed Persons.
The state of
has an Unclaimed Persons Database. California
Does your state or county have something similar?
Do you know a genealogist who has been contacted by a coroner’s office or similar and asked to identify next of kin?
copyright © National Ge
Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from
NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and
when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you
wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes.
You may send a request for express written permission to [email protected]. All republished articles may not be
edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom
of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with
NGS posts are always
welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]
Post a Comment