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About identifinders

Rocket Scientist turned world class Forensic Genealogist.

Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part IX – Gertrude’s Sisters!


Since 2012 we have been trying to discover the birth identity of Pnina Gutman, who as an infant was smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto with the assistance of a woman named Gertrud Spiro.  We realized from the beginning that our best chance at solving the mystery was to find … Continue reading

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Claude and the Geography Lesson


By the time I was asked to find Claude and Marie Dexter* in France, I had pulled a few unclaimed property rabbits out of unclaimed property hats so that I had become the company’s patron saint of hopeless cases. Typically, when … Continue reading

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They Never Thought I’d Find Them but I Did!


When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them “I read minds”.  This is not far from the truth. The case of the Chedidi’s* stands out in this regard. In about 2007, the international investment company I … Continue reading

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An Adventure in International Unclaimed Property – Seeking The Von-Fiorellos


About ten years ago, when Andy and I were in Merida, Mexico on business, I received an email from the international investment company I worked for.  They had been trying to find owners associated with unclaimed property, but without success.  They contacted me, … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part VIII – Gertrud and Leo’s Trial


Das Bundesarchiv Trial Records According to Widerstand in Berlin gegen das NS-Regime 1933 bis 1945 (Resistance in Berlin against the Nazi Regime 1933-1945), Leo and Gertrud Spiro were put on trial in Berlin in 1938.  Trying to locate their court records, I contacted the … Continue reading

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Calendar for May – August 2016


My calendar will be updated on an ongoing basis May 18, 2016 7:00 pm You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again! South Bay Genealogical Society Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room 3301 Torrance … Continue reading

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Who Was Joseph Smith – Close Calls and Possible Candidates


We have just a few scraps of information to go on in searching for Joseph Smith’s original identity, many of which are questionable. But we have to make the most of what we have, since that’s all we have. Joseph always said his … Continue reading

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