Finding missing next-of-kin

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However, what happens if you cannot locate the family?
In some instances the deceased person may not have any known nearest relatives, or anyone who is easily contactable, and it is possible that the care home will have to assume full responsibility for all after-death arrangements. 

Unfortunately when looking for next-of-kin for an unclaimed estate, family members can seem untraceable. This makes it difficult for care homes to start the care after death process.

To find next-of-kin, probate researchers use a multi-faceted approach which involves:


  • searching through birth, death and marriage records

  • making local enquiries, visiting family members face to face, conducting searches in libraries and archive offices

  • using historic family trees

  • searching through online archives


Tracing family lines and finding the missing can be a complex process, involving research and knowledge of many jurisdictions. By engaging an experienced, well-resourced genealogist and international probate research firm, clients will have the best chance of successfully finding those elusive family members.

Fraser and Fraser is one of the UK’s largest firms of professional genealogists and international probate researchers and a Corporate Member of industry regulatory body the Association of Probate Researchers. We truly understand the sensitivity that needs to be applied to issues such as tracing next-of-kin.

From the outset, we provide clarity regarding the process and costs involved, while at the same time providing you the added security that all of your information is handled with strict confidentiality underpinned by ISO9001 & ISO27001 certification.

Our results are built upon comprehensive experience, having worked within the Public Sector since 1971.

Come and see us at stand 9070 at the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo.


For more information please contact publicsector@fraserandfraser.co.uk or call 020 7832 1400 for more information.