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Resource information for the Unclaimed

Discussion in 'The Unclaimed & Amnesia Victims' started by Kimster, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's a quiet but disturbing epidemic. People are going to their graves with no family to claim them. Medical examiners and coroners' offices—frequently overstretched with burgeoning case loads—are turning to an unexpected resource for help. Over 400 genealogists are now offering their volunteer services to help locate the next of kin for unclaimed persons. And it's working. To date, more than 400 cases have been solved through this unusual partnership.


  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Start here with the case list: https://claimus.org/cases?page=49&pp=20

    When the Unclaimed first became known on NamUS, I was able to make a match and called the daughter of the mother who had been lost. It was a very moving experience to tell a woman what had happened to her mother. If you want to make a difference and haven't found your niche, you might consider learning about how you can help NamUs send the Unclaimed home to their loved ones.
  3. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Can't wait to get a real live computer.
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  4. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    This is a wonderful tool for comparison - one side scrolls for missing & the other half of the screen scrolls found.
    Please post the link everywhere it will be helpful.

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Unclaimed by family, cremated remains of 300 found at shuttered funeral home laid to rest

    FLINT TWP, MI - The muted winter sun peeked into the mausoleum as the teens arranged hundreds of black cardboard boxes at the head of the chapel.

    "You lift a box and it's heavy, but then you realize there's a kid in there and it kind of hits you," said Sam Lechel, a senior at Flint Powers Catholic High School, volunteering for the service as part of his school capstone project.

    A veteran. Week-old twin boys who passed in 1985. An unnamed man clad in sunglasses and identified only by a single film photograph of him driving a car. Dozens of infants.


    Snapshot of man taped to cremation urn is only clue to identity

    "If his family ... would like the remains back, (returning them is) our number-one desire," he said.

    Stacked on rows of long tables in the chapel, each of the 300 boxes contained the cremated remains of a person whose ashes went unclaimed by family, found piled in a closet at the now-shuttered Swanson Funeral Home. Some had been sitting in the funeral home for over 30 years, said Tim Bazany of Lansing Catholic Cemeteries.

    On Friday, Feb. 16, the ashes of the 300 individuals were blessed and at last put to rest at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Flint Township.

    Hosting a small ceremony complete with "Taps" for the military veteran, Bishop Earl Boyea - head of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing - blessed each of the 300 boxes with holy water.

    "I don't know the stories of all these folks - maybe few of us do," Boyea said during the small service in the mausoleum, attended by local funeral directors and Powers Catholic volunteers. "And I'm sure there are stories here of great poverty, those who simply couldn't afford burial. And there may be other stories of no family, who knows. But each one of these people deserves that respect, and we are paying that respect here today."

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