Finding next-of-kin: Case study

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Just like in the case of Mr Millen who died without leaving a Will, and gave no indication of who is family was.

It was only when probate research firm Fraser and Fraser, tracked down his sister using various research techniques such as:

  • Searching through birth, death and marriage records

  • Making local enquiries, visiting family members face to face, conducting searches in libraries and archive offices

  • Using historic family trees

  • Searching through online archives

Anne King had not seen her brother for over 25 years after he chose to tie off all forms of contact.

When Fraser and Fraser contacted Mrs King, she said she felt a “feeling of relief that at last I would know what had happened to him”.

Mrs King last saw her brother at their mother’s 80th birthday over a quarter of a century ago. Although her other brother, Boyd, had tried to find him, no one managed to get back in touch.

We discovered he was an ex-meteorologist who spent many years at the Met Office and learnt his craft in the military, Mr Millen enjoyed the outdoors.

Tracing family lines and finding the missing can be a complex process, involving research and knowledge of many jurisdictions. Once we located his birth certificate, the family tree started to unravel.

Mr Millen actually had £10,000 worth of premium bonds with the rest sitting in a bank account – something which the four heirs, including his sister received.

In cases where the deceased is elderly, we often find the beneficiaries are further down the tree, but here we managed to find near kin, as well as Mr Millen’s nieces.

Fraser and Fraser located four heirs on this case, the majority in the Cheshire and Liverpool area.

With over 90 years of experience, the firm are a team of leading genealogists and international probate researchers, dedicated to tracing missing beneficiaries to unclaimed estates.

Fraser and Fraser is one of the UK’s largest firms of professional genealogists and international probate researchers and a Corporate Member of industry regulatory body the Association of Probate Researchers. We truly understand the sensitivity that needs to be applied to issues such as tracing next-of-kin.

If you provide care after death to patients and need to inform next of kin, please contact us or come and see us at stand 9070 at the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo.


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