About Us

About Us
Our Purpose



Connect heirs with their rightful inheritance.


Our Story



American Research Bureau (ARB) was founded in 1935 and quickly built a solid reputation for excellence in probate research and heir location services. ARB traces its origins to 1935, when it was founded by Vincent H. Telling. In 1986, founder Vincent H. Telling retired and Mary E. Schwartz became President and Chairman of the Board. Currently, Preston L. Cochrane is Chief Executive Officer and Mary E. Schwartz continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. ARB earned its reputation the old fashioned way, we earned it. For over 80 years, we have built our firm based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. In order to meet the growing needs of a broader worldwide audience, ARB relocated its Research Operations Center in 1991 from Los Angeles, California to Salt Lake City, Utah—the genealogy capitol of the world. ARB maintains satellite offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.

Our Promise



Exceptional client service is a foundational principle of ARB. We promise to carefully guide you from inception to final resolution. 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 inheritance.

Our Credentials



ARB is a member of the Better Business Bureau,, American Association of State and Local History, Ancestry Research Club, Association of Professional Genealogists California Association of Licensed Investigators, California State Genealogical Association, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Los Angeles 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 the World Association of Detectives. ARB's records collection is believed to be the largest private collection devoted entirely to probate research—a resource unavailable at any other probate investigation firm.

Our Community



Over the years, ARB has made a great impact in our community through corporate donations and employee volunteerism. ARB continuously supports meaningful programs and causes that align with our corporate values. We offer an employee/corporate matching contribution program that donates funds to a variety of charitable organizations. Our culture of charitable giving is consistent with the character of our workforce.