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#ICAPGenAnswers: Finding Missing Relatives

Today’s #ICAPGenAnswers question helps our reader, William, with a long-lost relative:

“I have a sister that has been missing since 1965 I was told that somebody saw her name published in a news paper in northern Indiana several years ago that she passed away I have not been able to find any info on her…Can you advise where I should look. Thanks.”

ICAPGen does not have a credential that tests our genealogists with regard to forensic genealogy, but several of our professionals have worked as forensic genealogists. Jenny Tonks, AG® worked as a forensic genealogist for several years and solved many cases similar to yours;  she wrote in the answer to your question:

First, I recommend starting with the basics–getting to know the rudiments of contemporary relative research. You can learn those ropes at the following links:



If you know the county where she died, you could also find out about requesting a death certificate, depending on their vital records release laws–you will learn about those from the links above.

Second, I recommend utilizing Google and other search engines to the fullest. They will help you find her obituary and much more. If there is another newspaper article that mentions your sister or her husband’s name, then Google or the other search engines will find it for you. If they shows up on a paid newspaper site in your search results, it will be worth the few dollars it costs to pay for a subscription to access that article!

Third, as I said above, I would also get a subscription to newspaper sites like GenealogyBank.com, Newspapers.com, and NewspaperArchive.com. Those are the three sites that helped me find living or recently lived persons most often.

Fourth, I would utilize a paid site like peoplefinder.com to help me find anything that vital records offices, genealogy records/sites, search engines, or newspapers didn’t uncover.

Fifth, use phone directories and social media to contact potential relatives or associates. I say social media because many people do not use landlines, so I find them more often on ocial media than I do via the white pages these days.

Also, you might want to consider taking a DNA test. If your sister has any descandants, you would be able to identify and contact them via DNA databases. If you and your sister are biological siblings, you share DNA with her children and they would show up as matches to you, so you would be able to connect with them and learn more about her life through them. You can learn more about DNA testing here: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Hiring_a_DNA_Testing_Company

William, we wish you well in your search for information about your sister, and we hope that this information helps you “find” her.

Mountain States Resources

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by Claire V Brisson-Banks

When considering accreditation, one has to take into account many different things besides the location of the families you’ll be researching in your 4 generation report like knowing the resources available to conduct your research.

From the ICAPGen website, one can find a resource guide put together for each of the various regions available for accreditation. An individual can view the resource guide which covers the Mountain States, click here. This region covers Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

In addition to knowing the variety of resources listed, one also has to learn to recognize various documents also from these same states. No one resource guide or website could have all of the possible set of records available for a particular location.

With old records being digitized, captured, and being made available on various websites, learning of new record sets coming online is helpful to all researchers regardless of what level they are at in the accreditation process. As record sets are brought to our attention, they will be shared in this blog and also on our Facebook page in hopes of helping others with their research.

The following are additional records available to help with research in Arizona. One of the oldest cemeteries in the Phoenix area is the Double Butte Cemetery, an online burial database has been created by the Family History Society of Arizona. This cemetery is located in Tempe, Arizona and was formally started in 1897 however, plot sales appear to date back to 1892. The history of this cemetery is provided along with other links to help with research in this area. There is a Surname Index where anyone can list their surname who has an email address and a section called Arizona Queries where you can send a message for guidance on research in this area.

Anyone having family in this area would be wise to check out their website. Look for future articles on various records for the different testing regions as they are made known to us. The Family History Society of Arizona has done a fine job of helping out researchers with ancestors in Maricopa County, Arizona.