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Heir Hunters

This series follows the work of heir hunters, probate detectives looking for distant relatives of people who have died without making a will. Weekdays at 9.15am on BBC One from 30 June.

When someone dies without leaving a will and there's no known relative to inherit, Her Majesty's Treasury receives the money. Unless, that is, probate detectives can find previously unknown family members, within a limited timeframe.

Fraser and Fraser, Census Searches, Elliot & Whitmere and other heir-hunting companies do not accept unsolicited enquiries directly from the public. People who are interested in undertaking personal family history research may also wish to consider contacting the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) or the Association Of Professional Genealogists (APGN), who are able to advise on family history research and who have a list of recommended researchers. Their website addresses are: and .

We have been informed that someone has been sending out emails purporting to come from the Heir Hunters programme and referring to this website. Please be aware that the emails have no connection with the BBC or the makers of Heir Hunters: Flame Television and you should ignore them. You should not reply to them and if you believe that persons are attempting to deceive you with a view to monetary gain, then you should contact the police.

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