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Rewards of Ancestor Research
Genealogy is often left undone due to a lack of time or interest. It might come as a surprise to many just how interesting and rewarding it can actually be. In addition to learning about relatives, many have received large monetary rewards thanks to their research.
Believe it or not, ancestor research can actually provide significant monetary rewards. Unfortunately your chances of getting those rewards are somewhat out of your hands, but if you don’t do the research your chances are completely gone. Through probate research you can find information on unclaimed estates belonging to distant relatives.
Many estates go unclaimed due to the inability to find an actual family heir. With the help of a professional genealogist you can trace your roots and see if a deceased relative left behind and unclaimed will or estate. Once you have established yourself as a rightful heir the legal process will take its course. If you are lucky you may not only find a relative, but also find a fortune!
Since the majority of researchers aren’t going to find any hidden treasure through their ancestor research there must be other rewards for doing it. There are many, not the least of which is the opportunity to learn more about those who have carried your family name before you.
Many Americans are descendants of immigrant families who came to the U.S. from Europe and other continents. Researching ship passenger lists and immigration and naturalization records can help you find out who the first member of your family was to make it to the states and when they arrived.
You can also learn about relatives you have that are still in your native country. Often times families who have emigrated from other countries did not all make the immigration. Many stay behind fearing the long voyage and strange world ahead.
About the Author:
Kent Fairbourn is the Great Grandson of John A. Scorup (a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame) and a Client Account Specialist for 10x Marketing, an Internet marketing company. Go now to Heirlines Family History and Genealogy for a Free Professional Genealogy Consultation.