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American Research Bureau has been successfully connecting heirs with their rightful 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.

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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 rightful inheritance.

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.

Aubrey Hemingway

Aubrey Hemingway

Probate Researcher

Aubrey joined American Research Bureau’s research team in 2015. She is passionate about connecting people with their rightful 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 rightful 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.

Cate Bloomquist

Cate Bloomquist

Probate Researcher

Armed with a history degree from the University of Utah, Cate began researching for ARB in 2000. In her work, Cate gravitates toward solving difficult research problems. She enjoys the historical aspect of the cases she works, particularly those involving immigrant families. Cate is an avid skier but traded in her downhill skis for the cross country variety when she relocated from Utah to Minnesota.

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.

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 rightful 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 rightful inheritances.

Karynne Moses

Karynne Moses

Research Associate

A native of New England, Karynne has always been drawn to the mountains. Upon finishing high school, she moved to the foot of the Wasatch mountains to study at BYU, where she earned a BA in Family History/Genealogy. While at BYU, she worked on several projects which included German Immigrants in American Church Records and the U.S. Army Repatriation Project. Following her graduation, Karynne worked as a private contract genealogist and translator for German and Portuguese. She also led guided genealogical tours in the Swiss Alps. Karynne loves finding family connections and making people smile. Outside of work, her passions (of course) are mountain biking and rock climbing.

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

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.

Shane Boon

Shane Boon

Probate Researcher

Due to his experience working for another heir search firm, Shane brings a unique perspective to our company. He has a knack for listening and empathizing with clients in ways that brings out their stories and helps connect them more completely to the heir search process. As he says, “I enjoy bringing positive information to people who don’t have a lot of positive aspects to their lives.” When not filling his role as a Probate Researcher, Shane enjoys his other roles: husband, father, and Star Wars fan.

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 lawful heirs would be omitted and denied their rightful 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.