1. Campaigning against anti-competitive practices

The articles and documents below arose from our ongoing research into the role and statutory duties of local authorities when dealing with those who die intestate with no known next of kin.

If you would like to read a pdf of our draft consultation document – Local Authorities and Heir Hunters: myths, misunderstandings and unintended consequences – please click here.

  • Local authorities: why do they use heir hunters?  In 2015 Anglia Research began sending requests to local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We wanted to gain an understanding of their use of genealogical researchers to trace next of kin when the authority needed to conduct a public health funeral. This is a report on the responses we received by November 2016.

Our draft code of practice on the use of genealogists or heir hunters by local authorities has been welcomed across the country. This is a voluntary code of practice that authorities may wish to adopt in order to promote probity and transparency, minimise risk and avoid reputational damage.

2. Campaigning against double-charging

In 2016 we launched our campaign against double charging for birth, marriage and death certificates.

3. Helping victims of negligence and malpractice

At Anglia Research we will do whatever we can to help next of kin who fall prey to unscrupulous heir hunters – and will always report fraudulent practice to the relevant authorities.