Forensic Genealogical Research

BCG logoHaving worked exclusively as a missing heir researcher for three years, under the direction of a Licensed Private Investigator, Claire Ammon, CG is highly skilled in the area of forensic genealogy and has performed research on hundreds of cases. She is very experienced at taking a family back and then forward in time, finding current contact details for individuals of interest and performing family interviews. Her skill at spotting connections which others often miss makes her a great choice when time is of the essence.

Claire currently works directly for probate attorneys and private companies who need to find missing heirs or beneficiaries quickly. Through SNA International, she also regularly performs research on U.S. Army military repatriation cases, tracking down the next of kin and potential DNA donors of soldiers missing in action.

By utilizing a myriad of online databases, Claire has tackled cases from all over the Country, not just locally. When the internet has been exhausted she calls on the assistance of town and county repositories, local libraries and other genealogists to perform onsite research. Several of her cases have had an international component, allowing her to establish contacts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Australia for example.

Claire finds forensic genealogical research extremely rewarding. Many heirs would not have received their rightful inheritance if it were not for her diligent research. She also finds her work tracking down relatives of missing servicemen particularly gratifying, often connecting with close family members who are thrilled that someone still cares.

What to Expect

As with all genealogical projects, Claire requires that the project goal be clearly identified and a budget established so as to avoid any unexpected costs. She expects all materials and information that might aid in the research to be provided at the outset so that research is not repeated unnecessarily. Claire will then work diligently to determine family members of interest.

For ease of reading and understanding, reports for probate courts are typically presented as a narrative with source citations. Supporting documentation is provided in exhibits as well as family trees. An example of this kind of report can be found below.

For military repatriation projects and cases for private companies, reports are typically less narrative in nature and instead list the sources reviewed, the findings from each source, the conclusions and suggestions for further research if applicable.

The desired report format will of course be discussed before work commences.

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