In Search of: Missing Heirs

Date: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: Free

Register: Here

MCLE: 1 Hour of Participatory MCLE Credit



About the Program

Forensic genealogists utilize the techniques of professional genealogical research and the rules of evidence to identify family lines leading to the identification of living heirs. Their work is applied across a spectrum of legal issues including intestacy, probate, elder care, conservatorship, fiduciaries, oil and mineral rights, adoption, and birth parentage.


This lecture will utilize case studies to demonstrate the challenges of searching for missing, mis-identified, and unknown heirs. It will cover when and how to engage a forensic genealogist, various business models of the heir searching business, and basics of genealogical research.


About the Speaker


Leslie Brinkley Lawson is a forensic genealogist specializing in locating missing heirs, identifying unknown heirs, probate research, due diligence, and kinship determination. Her experience ranges from proving family lines to proving parentage for those unable to speak due to injury or disability (dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia). A national and regional speaker, Leslie is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (, a past President of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogists and immediate past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


This webinar is part of our series of continuing legal education (CLE) classes. Since the Law Library’s physical locations closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our CLE programs online as webinars. These courses have been in high demand and spaces fill up quickly so, please, sign up now to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with your login information after registering for the event.


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