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American Research Bureau has been successfully connecting heirs with their lawful inheritance since 1935. Our skillful research, knowledge of estate law and proven investigative techniques have made us the trusted leader in international probate research. In some cases, we also re-establish long-forgotten family relationships. We don’t get paid until you do, therefore we are highly invested in establishing and securing your inheritance as quickly as possible. We look forward to earning your business and being your inheritance connection.

Watch this video about what we do, hear from some of our past clients and learn about how ARB connects you with your lawful inheritance.

American Research Bureau is A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and has extremely positive reviews on Google. ARB is also associated with many professional organizations.

How We Deliver Your Inheritance

Through our skillful research, knowledge of estate law and proven investigative techniques, we are able to thoroughly build the best case for our heirs to secure their lawful inheritance.

Key Steps in the Probate Process

  1. Identify
    American Research Bureau (ARB) reviews thousands fo matters to identify situations where missing and unknown heirs need to be located.
  2. Research
    ARB relies on its research team – with more than 200 years of combined research experience – to identify and locate lawful heirs.
  3. Contact
    ARB researchers contact potential heirs in a variety of ways, including by phone, email, text, letters, or in person.
  4. Agreement
    Heirs sign the Agreement and Assignment confirming terms of payment. ARB receives payment only if and when clients receive their money.
  5. Document
    ARB document specialists gather and organize essential documentation to establish the legal relationship and entitlement of clients.
  6. Heirship
    If necessary, the court requires claimants to submit evidence of their entitlement. The court reviews the documentation and issues an order declaring the lawful heirs.
  7. Accounting
    Those in charge of the assets account for claims, income, expenses, taxes, gains or losses on sales, etc. Proposed distribution from remaining assets is presented to the court for approval.
  8. Distribution
    Payment is made in accordance with each heir’s entitlement and the assets available for distribution from the accounting. ARB is paid in accordance with the Agreement and Assignment.
Our Research Team

Our probate researchers have more than 200 years of combined experience and extensive knowledge investigating and tracing complicated family histories to establish heirship. We employ proprietary data-gathering techniques and technologies that have helped us successfully resolve thousands of cases throughout the United States and abroad.

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J. Daniel Schwartz

J. Daniel Schwartz

Research Director

The senior of four Schwartz brothers, Dan serves as ARB Research Director. Dan joined the company in 1987 while working on his business degree at Brigham Young University. One of the foremost experts in the field of forensic genealogy, Dan has testified as an expert witness in more than 75 estate proceedings throughout the U.S. He counts among his greatest thrills solving difficult cases. Dan loves boating, is an avid sports fan and youth sports coach.

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Research Manager

Fifteen years ago and fresh out of Southern Utah University, Michael Robinson joined ARB. Now a Researcher Manager, Michael enjoys “making a difference in people’s lives and seeing my team succeed.” Despite managing a team, Mike still finds time to pursue his passion of tracking down heirs using meticulous genealogical research to show how family members are connected. He also loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, biking, and fishing across Utah’s spectacular landscapes.

Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz

Research Director

The third Schwartz brother, Research Director Steve joined ARB upon graduating from Brigham Young University in 1992. A history major, Steve relishes solving puzzles. He thrives on organization and considers this one of his most valuable skills when solving difficult research problems. Steve is blessed with an ability to listen to people, learning their stories and pulling it all together. All of which comes in handy given that he spends a great deal of his time doing just that with his large family.

Ashley Lish

Ashley Lish

Probate Researcher

Ashley joined ARB’s research team in 2020, bringing a passion for solving difficult puzzles. Prior to joining ARB, Ashley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History/Genealogy from BYU and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (emphasis in Archival and Digital Records Management) from Simmons College. Ashley previously worked in the genealogy field for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and AncestryProGenealogists, while also completing internships at the Society of Genealogists in London and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She regularly attends and speaks at genealogy conferences across the country. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching documentaries, reading biographies, and following sports, particularly the Utah Jazz.

Aubrey Hemingway

Aubrey Hemingway

Probate Researcher

Aubrey joined American Research Bureau’s research team in 2015. She is passionate about connecting people with their lawful inheritances and has been a dedicated genealogist for many years. Aubrey is fair, balanced, optimistic, and leads with a positive attitude. Before joining the ARB team, she worked in Human Resources. Aubrey enjoys any chance she gets to sing and dance. And yes, Aubrey is related to Ernest Hemingway.

Barry Miller

Barry Miller

Senior Researcher

Barry has been with American Research Bureau for over 30 years. He approaches everything with energy, enthusiasm, and speed. His honest, professional approach has enabled him to connect thousands of unknown and missing heirs with their lawful inheritance. Originally from Las Vegas, Barry is now an avid runner in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah – sometimes competing in 100-mile trail races! He also enjoys spending quality time with his family.

David Motzkus

David Motzkus

Probate Researcher

Dave joined ARB in 2020 with more than 10 years of business development experience. He studied strategic communications, sales, and marketing at the University of Utah and Weber State. Dave is passionate about developing value in the eyes of his clients and enjoys solving problems and finding alternate solutions to ineffective processes. Quite the athlete, Dave loves the great outdoors: fly-fishing, hiking, trail running, hunting, and playing pickle ball. Dave also enjoys traveling and seeing the world and has had the pleasure of spending considerable time exploring Southeast Asia.

Hazel Scullin

Hazel Scullin

Research Associate

Research and genealogy are Hazel’s passions. Hazel has completed internships at FamilySearch, the LDS Church History Library, and Family Locket Genealogists. She was also a research assistant at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History while completing her bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University. Hazel is particularly adept at solving complex research problems and feels rewarded when helping clients claim their inheritance. Outside of work Hazel enjoys traveling and all things Harry Potter.

Jeremiah Quinn

Jeremiah Quinn

Probate Researcher

Jeremiah has spent half of his life living in Europe and Africa, a result of his father’s career in the U.S. Armed Forces. Over the years, Jeremiah has fostered a love of travel and books. Now that he is involved in probate research, Jeremiah loves discovering fascinating aspects of history through his research and thrives on the collaborative nature of the ARB team. He is energized through his communication with heirs as he works to help them obtain their lawful inheritance. Prior to joining ARB in 2020, Jeremiah earned a Bachelors degree in Public Health from Brigham Young University and an Executive Master’s in Healthcare from Weber State University. He has worked in business development roles across multiple industries, including financial services, technology, and healthcare. When not at work, you will find Jeremiah reading a book, traveling, spending time with his family, or challenging himself to reach a new personal best in weightlifting.

Joel Miyasaki

Joel Miyasaki

Probate Researcher

Joel joined ARB after spending several years creating detailed family histories for private clients. Joel has a master’s degree in American history and brings exceptional research skills to his work as a Probate Researcher. He is particularly adept at solving cases with family connections that are difficult to establish and loves helping to ensure that ARB clients can claim their lawful inheritances. Joel plays the French horn and is a self-confessed political junkie.

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz

Probate Researcher

The final Schwartz sibling to join ARB, younger brother Jon has been with the company since 1997. He wasn’t necessarily pre-destined for a career in forensic genealogy, however, having earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Brigham Young University. A multi-instrumentalist, Jon plays piano, organ, clarinet, sax, and trumpet. Fortunately for the company, Jon chose to become a Probate Researcher full-time, applying his persistence and love of problem solving to the work of uniting clients with their lawful inheritances.

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Probate Researcher

Michael is an accomplished genealogist, having studied family history and genealogy at multiple universities and ultimately earning a Masters degree in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies. Michael has worked as a professional genealogist since 2007 and in the heir search industry since 2012. Michael enjoys creative problem solving and has great attention to detail. He enjoys working with a great group of people at ARB. Michael’s smarts and passion for genealogy are evidenced in his ability to write from memory the names of his ancestors on each line in correct placement until the 7th generation – well over 100 names!

Nathan Croft

Nathan Croft

Probate Researcher

Nathan hails from the Pacific Northwest, where he studied journalism at the University of Washington. He joined the ARB team early on in his career, and he is especially gratified when he can secure an inheritance for someone who may have otherwise been left out. Skilled in “big picture” thinking, Nathan pulls together many different clues to solve difficult research puzzles. He enjoys taking time to reflect while hiking in the nearby mountains, and while completing woodworking projects.

Sophie Barron

Sophie Barron

Senior Research Specialist

Sophie joined ARB in 2018, however, she is not new to the industry. Previously, Sophie spent over 11 years in the industry in a variety of roles, including court reporter, probate researcher, and case manager. Sophie enjoys providing expert testimony and thrives on challenging research and problem solving, helping families discover their past. A native of the Republic of Georgia, Sophie’s passion is travel. She loves to explore other cultures, try new cuisine, and make memories with her family. As a resident of New York City, Sophie also enjoys attending Broadway musicals.

Todd Lillywhite

Todd Lillywhite

Probate Researcher

Veteran researcher Todd Lillywhite is one of the longest serving ARB team members, having joined our company in 1989. An international relations graduate of Brigham Young University, Todd earned his Masters Degree from Catholic University of America and joined the National Security Agency (NSA) early on, as a translator. His skill for managing complexity and pulling together disparate details found a permanent home when he joined ARB as Probate Researcher. An accomplished singer, Todd’s proficiency at making sense of cryptic information also serves him well when sight-singing a complex vocal score.

Troy Adair

Troy Adair

Probate Researcher

Another ARB veteran, Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Washington. Troy joined ARB in 1991. He has been involved with research throughout his ARB career and now serves as a Probate Researcher. Troy comes by his research skill naturally, given that he has identified five generations of his own family history. Troy enjoys cycling, hiking, and sailing when he’s not chasing genealogical mysteries.

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American Research Bureau (ARB) is a trusted leader in the field of international probate research. We specialize in locating next of kin and tracing missing or unknown heirs worldwide. Without us, many heirs would be omitted and denied their lawful inheritance. If no assets are recovered, our clients pay nothing. We provide efficient and reliable solutions to attorneys, estate administrators and personal representatives in every aspect of establishing a complete heirship.