A HEIR hunter with a passion for tracing family histories has thanked the Mail after people he was looking for were tracked down within hours of the paper hitting the streets.
Hartlepool man Malcolm Wallis is a professional heir hunter and it is his job to search for beneficiaries of estates after people have passed away.
He appeared in the Mail last Friday appealing for help in tracing George, David and John Thompson, who are the descendants of Thomas Robson Lyth and Edna Wrightson who were married in Holy Trinity Church, in Hartlepool, in February 1936.
Malcolm also appealed for help to trace the relatives of former Hartlepool man Charles Richard Robinson, who died recently in Leeds.
Mr Robinson was born in Hartlepool in 1929 and was believed to have lived in the Hart Lane and Duke Street area of town before relocating to Yorkshire.
But by 6pm on Friday Malcolm had been told where one person lived and had spoken to the other relatives that he was looking for.
Malcolm, who is married to Ann and has two grown-up children, said: “The response was better than I could have hoped for.
“I’ve had many people say how good the article was and by 6pm on Friday I had been told where one person lived and had spoken to the other people I was looking for.
Since launching Lineage Research Limited three years ago, Malcolm has traced “hundreds” of people.
The 57-year-old probate researcher – more commonly known as a heir hunter – has a passion for genealogy and decided to turn professional after being made redundant from his job in the timber and joinery industry.
He receives work in several ways, including searching the Treasury’s bona vacantia list, a public document that lists all those people that have died but have not left their estate to anyone.
The Government holds the estate for up to 30 years until it is claimed. If not it goes to the Government’s coffers.