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Rocket Scientist turned world class Forensic Genealogist.

ISHI 27 – David O’Shea and the Grandmothers of the Plaza


The keynote at the 27th annual International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI27) was given by internationally recognized video journalist David O’Shea. O’Shea addressed the conference on the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Asociación Civil Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), a human rights organization formed in Argentina in 1977 in response to the disappearance of hundreds of children who were either kidnapped or born to mothers who were “disappeared” political dissidents during the country’s “Dirty War” in 1974-1983. Continue reading

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Extreme Genealogy – Arrival in Berlin and First Visit to the Berlin Bundesarchiv


Flight to Berlin and Arrival Thursday, August 11, 2016 My trip from Los Angeles to Berlin went smoothly with a layover in Keflavik Interntional Airport.  It is the cleanest airport in the world. It felt more like an igloo than an … Continue reading

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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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