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Lost and Found for Humans

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

As much as I love traditional genealogy, I also enjoy playing at the fringes to discover new applications for our research skills, and that's how I fi...

Mother's Heroic Act Saves Her Baby

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents

Dawn Graves, a British mother of two, has died a hero. An inquest shows that she was killed while protecting her 20-month-old son from an oncoming sa...

Woman's Corpse Left In Chapel Basement Since 2010

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 03.22.2012 | Weird News

A 76-year-old Missouri woman's corpse was found in a chapel basement and buried on Friday -- more than a year after she died. Olga Beanblossom's bo...

Gone Without A Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated | Posted 12.22.2011 | Fifty

Nothing, it seemed, was unusual about Joseph Shepter's death. A retired U.S. government scientist, Shepter spent his final two years dwelling in a ...

Make Helping Unclaimed Persons Your 2011 Genealogy Resolution

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

As you make your 2011 genealogical resolutions, please consider adding Unclaimed Persons to the list. The 2012 you will be glad you did.

Adam Montoya Died In Agony: Perkin Prison Inmate Begged For Help, Witnesses Say

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

PEKIN, Ill. — For days before he died in a federal prison, Adam Montoya pleaded with guards to be taken to a doctor, pressing a panic button in ...

Unclaimed Persons: Please Tell Someone

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

The first piece I wrote for The Huffington Post was about unclaimed persons, one of those quiet epidemics that somehow slips beneath the radar. As I ...

Charles West, Kane County Coroner, Accused Of Stealing 24" TV

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Kane County Coroner Charles West was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly taking a 24-inch color TV. A Kane County jury indicted West today on five...