Finding Missing Heirs (MCLE)

This event originally aired on November 5, 2021.

A presentation about the use of forensic genealogy to locate missing heirs in various types of legal cases.

About the Program

Forensic genealogists utilize the techniques of professional genealogical research and the rules of evidence to identify family lines leading to the identification of living heirs. Their work is applied across a spectrum of legal issues including intestacy, probate, elder care, conservatorship, fiduciaries, oil and mineral rights, adoption, and birth parentage.
This lecture will utilize case studies to demonstrate the challenges of searching for missing, mis-identified, and unknown heirs. It will cover when and how to engage a forensic genealogist, various business models of the heir searching business, and basics of genealogical research.

About the Speaker

Leslie Brinkley Lawson is a forensic genealogist specializing in locating missing heirs, identifying unknown heirs, probate research, due diligence, and kinship determination. Her experience ranges from proving family lines to proving parentage for those unable to speak due to injury or disability (dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia). A national and regional speaker, Leslie is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (, a past President of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogists and immediate past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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The San Diego Law Library is a State Bar of California licensed MCLE provider. Viewing this class provides ONE HOUR of GENERAL Self-Study credit.
Provider Information: San Diego County Public Law Library, Provider #11786

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If you need subtitles, click on the closed caption button at the bottom of the video.

The information offered in this short video has been provided as a public service and is intended to provide basic information. This is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The views expressed in this video belong to the speaker and are not a representation of the San Diego Law Library.


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