About Us

About Us

Our mission is to locate and connect missing or unknown heirs with their rightful inheritance.


American Research Bureau's roots date back to 1935 when founder Vincent H. Telling began researching unclaimed estates and connecting heirs with their rightful inheritances. Since then, ARB has become the trusted leader in international probate research in the United States and has a remarkable track record of success. We assist government agencies, the courts, legal professionals, trustees, administrators and executors to document and locate legal heirs. In 1986, Vincent H. Telling retired and Mary E. Schwartz became President. Currently, Preston L. Cochrane is Chief Executive Officer and Mary E. Schwartz continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. In order to meet the growing needs of a broader worldwide audience, ARB relocated its research operations in 1991 from its ancestral roots in Los Angeles, California to the mountains and valleys in Salt Lake City, Utah—the genealogy capitol of the world. ARB has satellite offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.


Exceptional service is a foundational principle of ARB. We promise to carefully guide you from inception to final resolution. The quality of personalized support we provide you comes from decades of experience in the industry. We strive to do our very best, every time, to ensure your best interest is always at the forefront, to stand behind our word and to give you our all. We don't get paid until you do, therefore we are highly invested in establishing and securing your rightful inheritance as quickly as possible.


ARB is affiliated with a variety of professional organizations including: American Association of State and Local History, Ancestry Research Club, Association of Professional Genealogists California Association of Licensed Investigators, Accredited by Better Business Bureau, California State Genealogical Association, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic and Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Genealogical Association, West Los Angeles Genealogical Society, and World Association of Detectives.


ARB is proud to support organizations that make a difference in our communities. ARB team members lead and serve on various philanthropic boards and donate significant time and effort to youth, civic, and religious groups.


American Research Bureau is SOC 2 compliant. SOC stands for Service Organization Control and represents a rigorous auditing procedure set forth by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). Our certification ensures, by third party audit, that our services securely manage your data and protect your interests.

The Trust Priciples of SOC 2 are as follows:

  • Security - Our system resources are secured against unauthorized access and help prevent potential system abuse, theft or unauthorized removal of data.

  • Availabilty - Our services will remain dependable.

  • Processing Integrity - Our systems deliver the right data at the right time and the right price.

  • Confidentiality - Our secure data remains confidential and is protected behind rigorous access controls.

  • Privacy - Our policies ensure the collection, use, retention, disclosure and disposal of secure information are in accordance with the AICPA's generally accepted privacy principles.