Locating Missing Persons
The first half day will be spent going over the resources available in locating missing people. There are public records on most people, even if they change their names. It is critical to not only know what resources are available but also how to use them. We will discuss the interview of friends and family members and how the interview should be conducted. Our students generally have success in locating people. In nearly all cases
How do you locate a person in Canada: We will include a segment on Canadian records and what is available. We have experience in researching records of missing persons north of the border.
The second and third day will consist of field work. You can bring your missing persons cases from home and work on them. The field work will include the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Bring money for public transportation.
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About the National Archives of the United States
General Information Leaflet, Number 1
Anyone who has cleaned out a family attic knows the importance of keeping family records. You may have military records from relatives who served in one of the World Wars—or even the Civil War. Or pictures of your great-great grandparents on the day they became American citizens. Or the canceled check that paid for your first home.
Now imagine the task of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)—the nation’s record keeper.
Many people know the National Archives as the keeper of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. But we also hold in trust for the public the records of ordinary citizens—for example, military records of the brave men and women who have fought for our country, naturalization records of the immigrants whose dreams have shaped our nation, and even the canceled check from the purchase of Alaska.
In a democracy, records belong to the people, and for more than seven decades, NARA has preserved and provided access to the records of the United States of America. Records help us claim our rights and entitlements, hold our elected officials accountable for their actions, and document our history as a nation. In short, NARA ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their Government.
Instructors: Terry Beckwith, People Locaters, Private Investigator, California License PI 12395 Beckwith has been conducting missing persons work since 1973 and specializes in persons missing 50 years or longer. He has taught classes on locating Indians missing from the reservations for over 20 years.
Lela Beckwith, has extensive experience in locating missing persons since 1983.