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Speaker Philip Crawford : Probate genealogy and the search for beneficiaries

Speaker Philip Crawford : Probate genealogy and the search for beneficiaries

Thursday, 13. June 2019 - 14:00

2 for 2.30pm at El Cortijo de Ramiro

This lecture by Philip Crawford, a genealogist and local history researcher, is an
anecdotal tour-de-force of the trials and tribulations of applying genealogy in the
search for lost beneficiaries to inheritances worldwide. When a person dies
intestate having either left no will or a will that is ambiguous or not executable, then
the first claim on the estate is usually the crown or government of the decedent's
country of domicile. That is unless entitled beneficiaries can be traced. Specific
cases in different continents are highlighted as are the methods of research
employed to trace heirs to estates of distance family members often unbeknown to
them. With millions of genealogical records online and vast collections of new
records being made available every month, we look at the minefield of genealogy
websites and explore documents from censuses to passenger lists and even dog
licences. DNA testing is also discussed and the lecturer reveals the one person
responsible for half-a-percent of the world's population.

English