cases: examples of our work

Genealogical forensics

Home       Services       Resources       Publications      Cases       Fees       Pro Bono      About Us       Links & Tools       Contact

  1. Bullet Kinship Research that Brought a Family Together

We care about the successful outcome of all of our cases, but this one added an extra tug to the heartstrings.

Finding the descendants of Mary and Elizabeth O’Connell for this kinship proceeding, in the attempt to distribute their cousin’s estate to family, proved to be especially challenging. We knew Mary and Elizabeth were daughters of Daniel O’Connell and Elizabeth McCarthy of Goshen, New York, and that the daughters were born in 1909 and 1910, respectively.

We discovered that, by 1920, the siblings had been separated. They were placed in different orphanages. With more research, we located records for their marriages and the births of their children. First cousins, who never heard of each other, not only inherited thousand of dollars, but also discovered their heritage.