Last May, I blogged about the Unclaimed PersonsÂ (www.unclaimedpersons.org), a network of genealogists organized by our friend Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, to help coroners locate the families of unclaimed persons who have died.
The group began as an offshoot of a RootsTelevision program that showed how Megan was working with coroners offices to help solveÂ several unclaimed persons cases. In response to the show,Â Megan began hearing fromÂ other genealogists who wanted to help with the effort.Â The small network of volunteers I wrote about last year has grown to around 500 and since June 2008, this dedicated group of genealogists has solved 45 cases. Congratulations to everyone who is involved in the project!
Last week the group was the focus of an article in San Bernadino’s The Sun. San Bernadino is believed to be the first county to put its database of unclaimed persons online. More stories on the initiative, including an article from the January/February 2009 issue of Ancestry MagazineÂ can be found here.