New Member - Feeling apprehensive!

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New Member - Feeling apprehensive!

Postby PaulaC » Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:36 pm

Hello to everyone!

I'm a very new member of HHA (just joined yesterday) and new to the field of heir hunting. I'm not new to the research side of things, however, having 20+ years' experience of genealogy, a degree in historical research and ten years' experience as a registrar. Even so....I'm feeling very apprehensive about approaching a prospective heir for the first time.

I believe I may have already tracked down the sole beneficiary of an unclaimed estate and yet I don't feel confident enough to approach this person. I began by selecting a local person from the spreadsheet and then used Ancestry and local knowledge and resources to build a family tree, revealing just one potential beneficiary. My research was aided greatly by my finding a letter in our local newspaper's archive from 2006, sharing family history information about the deceased's father (who died in WW1). By following a lead from this article I've been able to establish the address and contact number of the person I believe would be the beneficiary. Having said that, I can't believe the estate would amount to much as the deceased died in a care home and her late husband's occupation was that of Local Authority Joiner.

I'd thought long and hard about whether I could/should try my hand at becoming an heir hunter and all my past work experience confirmed to me that this is something I could do. However, what I hadn't considered was the fact that when it comes down to it, I'm a bit of a coward about approaching people! This is especially the case in a small town like this one...perhaps I should forget this first attempt, put it down to experience, and try my hand at researching a case in another area (where people won't know me!)

Has anyone any advice?

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Re: New Member - Feeling apprehensive!

Postby maurice » Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:03 am

Good luck, and hope your early success is for real

you can contact HHA direct via email for advise esp in the early days

getting a tel number is useful so use Fast Trak in our site

also suggest you watch the estate on BV LIVE should it be claimed during your research

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Re: New Member - Feeling apprehensive!

Postby DavidGaertner » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:23 pm

HI Paula,

Just wondered how you were progressing? knocked on the door yet? Reply privately if you are more comfortable doing so!

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