Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"How to Find Missing Persons"

Genealogy tip for today:  


How to Find Missing Persons 

Genealogy Tip for today: Genealogy is like being a detective. As such, sometimes you have to think like one. What are some methods that a P.I. would use?

Along that line there are books that have been written on how to find missing people, old friends and/or family members or worse, dead beat dads or escapees or deceased loved ones. Maybe you are looking for someone you went to school with, or a family member you lost track of. The methods they use to find these kinds of people can be the same techniques that you can use, as well.

We have 5 books in our collection that give you guidance. The first book gives information in each chapter with addresses for appropriate agencies (state, federal, county, etc.) The second book is similar to the first:

“You, too, can find anybody” by Joseph J. Culligan, Miami: Hallmark Press; 1994

Call # ready ref 363.23 Cul


Driving records, registrations and titles

Births, deaths, marriages and divorces


County records

State records

Federal records

Workers’ Compensation records

Corporations and UCC filings

Abandoned property technique

Bankruptcy records

Child support enforcement

Boat and vessel registration

National archives

National cemetery system

Medical boards

Bar associations

Foreign diplomatic representatives and foreign consular offices in the United States

Book #2 -

How to find anyone anywhere, by Ralph Thomas

Austin: Thomas Investigative Publications, 1993

Call # 363.23 Tho



Starting an Investigation

On file with the city

On file at the county courthouse

On file with the state

State area code expanded coverage

State Information Lines, Area Codes and Capitols

On File in Federal Records

Federal Records Telephone Number Chart

Computer and Online Searching

Locating Missing Persons with Financial Records

Interviewing and Finding Sources

Sneaky Little Tricks of the Trade

Tips and Other Information Sources

…more listed on second page.

The other books that we have are:

“Missing Persons USA,” (By Roger Willard)

“Missing Persons, a writer’s guide to find the lost…” (By Fay Faron) and

“When in Doubt Check Him Out” (By Joseph J. Culligan)

The last one you may not think of in terms of genealogy but the tips and tools in there can be applied to searching for people in your family history as well.

You can borrow ours, or if ours are unavailable you may be able to find a similar book in your local library or book store. Use the keywords ‘finding missing people.’ Stretch your brain and try thinking outside of the box.


1396 The last great Christian crusade, led jointly by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary, ends in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bajazet I's Ottoman army at Nicopolis.
1598 In Sweden, King Sigismund is defeated at Stangebro by his Uncle Charles.
1775 British troops capture Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga, when he and a handful of Americans try to invade Canada.
1789 Congress proposes 12 new amendments to the Constitution.
1804 The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president.
1846 American General Zachary Taylor's forces capture Monterey, Mexico.
1909 The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden.
1915 An allied offensive is launched in France against the German Army.
1918 Brazil declares war on Austria.
1937 German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.
1938 President Franklin Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Benes over the Sudetenland.
1942 The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States.
1943 The Red Army retakes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
1959 President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Khrushchev begin Camp David talks.
1974 Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes.
1981 Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, is sworn in.
1983 Maze Prison escape, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; 38 IRA prisoners escape in the largest prison breakout in British history; known among Irish republicans as the Great Escape.
1992 NASA launches Mars Observer probe; it failed 11 months later.
1996 Ireland's last Magdalene laundry closes; begun as asylums to rehabilitate "fallen women," they increasingly took on prison-like qualities.
2008 China launches Shenzhou 7 spacecraft; crew performs China's first extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

1847 Vinnie Ream, who sculpted President Abraham Lincoln from life shortly before he was assassinated.
1897 William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning writer (The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!).
1906 Dimitri Shostakovich, Russian composer.
1931 Barbara Walters, television news personality and interviewer.

1932 Glenn Gould, concert pianist best known for his Bach interpretations.
1932Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, 1st Duke of Suarez, Grandee of Spain, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister following Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
1933 Ian Tyson, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer; performed with Ian & Sylvia and Great Speckled Bird.
1936 Juliet Prowse, dancer whose career spanned four decades and included work in stage, film and TV productions; (Can-Can; G.I Blues; Mona McCluskey TV series).
1943 Robert Gates, director of CIA under Pres. George H.W. Bush; Secretary of Defense (2006-11).
1944 Michael Douglas, actor, producer; his numerous awards include two Academy Awards (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Wall Street), four Golden Globes and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
1951 Mark Hamill actor, voice actor, producer, director, writer (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars; voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series).
1956 Kim Thompson, editor, publisher; co-founder of Fantagraphics Books.
1961 Heather Locklear, actress (Dynasty, Melrose Place, Spin City TV series).
1964 Maria Doyle Kennedy, actress (The Tudors), composer, singer, songwriter, musician.
1965 Scottie Pippen, pro basketball player (Chicago Bulls), played important role in Bull's record 72-win season (1995-96).
1968 Will Smith, rapper (known as The Fresh Prince, "Getting' Jiggy Wit It"), actor, producer; awards include four Grammys.
1969 Catherine Zeta-Jones, actress (The Darling Buds of May British TV series) won Academy Award and BAFTA Award for her role in Chicago.

Word for the Day


with Anu Garg





adjective: Having multiple meanings.


From Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos, from poly- (many) + sema (sign). Earliest documented use: 1884.


"The polysemous ancient Greek word pharmakon strangely captures all of these apparently contradictory senses and meanings."
Stephen Morris; Revealing the Pharmacon; Catholic New Times; Nov 21, 2004.

Quote for the Day

No battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. -William Faulkner, novelist (1897-1962)


Today’s Recipe



3 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
1 pound bulk sausage, mild, hot or sage
2 1/4 cups whole milk
8 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 cups cubed French or Italian bread, crusts removed
2 cups (1/2 pound) grated Cheddar
2 cups (1/2 pound) freshly grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a deep 13 by 9-inch casserole dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onion and saute over medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the hash browns and break apart. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

In a second frying pan, saute the sausage, breaking apart large clumps. When the sausage is cooked through, remove it from pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and mustard, briskly to blend.

To assemble, spread the onions and hash browns evenly at the bottom of the greased dish. Place the bread cubes evenly on top of hash browns. With a slotted spoon distribute sausage as the third layer. Pour the milk and egg mixture over these layers. Add Parmesan as the next layer, while then adding the Cheddar.

*Cook's Note: Save a few tablespoons of Cheddar for the last 10 minutes of baking, where you can add a fresh topping of melted Cheddar.

Bake the casserole, uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.



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