It is not as unusual as you might think: sometimes a person dies, leaving assets and an estate – and the authorities do not know who is entitled to claim the inheritance. Probate courts or administrators, notaries, lawyers, etc. don’t usually have the capacity or the expertise to trace entitled relatives. These relatives can be descendants of great-grandparents of the deceased, possibly still living in the home lands from which some of the family emigrated. The authorized agent who is responsible for administering the assets of the estate may lack expertise in specialized areas such as foreign languages, accessing and deciphering old church or registry office records, knowledge about historical migration processes, foreign databases or the pertinent legal regulations in foreign countries. In such cases, heir investigators like me are authorized to search for heirs.