CEO Message

Hello, and welcome to American Research Bureau.

American Research Bureau (ARB) was established in 1935 when there were no computers or internet, and the Historical Records Survey began under the Works Progress Administration.  Although much has changed since then, ARB’s core mission remains the same — to locate next of kin and trace missing or unknown heirs to connect them with their rightful inheritance. We have successfully provided unexpected windfalls to heirs across the globe.

As a trusted industry leader for over 80+ years, there is one thing above all else that has allowed us to deliver superior results. “Through Our Clients’ Eyes.”  It’s what drives our highly personalized service and has influenced our company from the beginning. We strive to put our clients interests at the forefront of everything we do by earning and maintaining their trust.

With headquarters located in Salt Lake City, Utah (the genealogy capitol of the world) and satellite offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Fort Lauderdale, the accuracy of our research and the comprehensive documentation assembled for each case have allowed us to consistently obtain favorable outcomes for thousands of unsuspecting heirs and beneficiaries. Our more than 80+ years of experience culminated with delivering exceptional client support is what clearly makes us the trusted leader in the industry. Our experience, starting with the research phase that goes into each case through to the decision making that takes place, gives us the expertise to provide the best possible recovery.

Locating and tracing heirs and beneficiaries is a very complicated and time-sensitive process. We stand behind our services with a 100% risk-free guarantee by underwriting the entire costs of our service with no upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. This creates an incentive for us to work diligently and efficiently in order to obtain the best results possible for our clients. If there is no recovery for our clients, there is no fee.

On behalf of everyone at ARB, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for the continued trust they’ve placed in us. We are always striving to improve our service so I welcome your comments or feedback.


Preston L. Cochrane
Chief Executive Officer