[APG Public List] Vol 3 Issue 24--Kathy

Catherine Desmarais stonehouseresearch at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 07:33:55 MDT 2009

I have done cases for a law firm to find remaindermen beneficiaries who were
unrelated individuals. I had nothing but a name and a 45 year old address to
work with. This is basically a "missing persons" issue. I think genealogists
do this sort of work, but it is up to each of us to decide if that is what
we as individuals want to do. Personally, I would do it for a law firm, but
not for an unknown private individual. I haven't done adoption research but
many genealogists do. I think that we need to be careful when defining what
genealogists do, vs. what we personally feel comfortable doing.
Cathi Desmarais
Stone House Historical Research

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 10:01 PM, James Burnett <dougb81042 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Finally, here is my question. If a potential client wants to locate an old
> > buddy or a former girlfriend or neighbor (kinship not involved), would
> you
> > consider that search to be what a professional genealogist does? I have
> my own
> > opinion, but want to hear your consensus.
> >
> > Kathy
> > Charlotte, North Carolina
> >
> This seems to me to be more of *missing persons* issue and while we may
> have the skill sets I don't see it as a genealogy issue.
> Douglas Burnett
> Satellite Beach
> FL
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