Maurice Clarke founder of the HHA is pleased to give talks to local Family History groups around the country. There is no fee but reasonable travel expenses and any overnight accommodation may be requested.
- Typical Agenda for talk on the HHA and Heir Hunting
- England Wales Family Tree entitlement
- Scotland Entitlement
- Family History Searches www.gennygeo.com
Forthcoming talks include;
- 8 March 2014 - Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society - Aylesbury
- 8 April 2014 - Waltham Cross FHS - Walthamstow
- 16 April 2014 - Letchworth Garden City FHS
- 13 May 2014 - Loughborough & Rutland FHS - Loughborough
- 31 May 2014 - Northampton FHS Conference - Kettering
- Bookings now being taken for 2014-2015
Recent Events :
6th January 2014 : Phylis Court Club : Henley On Thames
Maurice Clarke delivering an inspiring lecture to over 50 members of the Club's Local History Group in an idyllic location beside the river Thames.
November 28 : Reading branch of Berkshire Family History Society.
Maurice delivered a wide and varied talk to over 50 members about the work of "Heir Hunters", the history of the HHA and how it has evolved into a formidable organisation concerned with tracing unclaimed estates and financial assets, as well as the development of the Federation of Probate and Asset Researchers Ltd as a watchdog for the profession as a whole.
Tazz is a third year Multimedia Journalist student at Bournemouth University and attended the talk with a friend and she wrote "It was a pleasure to meet Maurice to help me with my studies at university, in which I am conducting research into probate research and how the industry is regulated. He was of great help and provided a fascinating insight which will accompany my other interviews well."
Novermber 11 : Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society at Oakham, Rutland
Approx 40 members enjoyed a talk about the history of Heir Hunters, the HHA and the evolution from BV cases into the world of opportunity for unclaimed financial assets.
June 12 : Leicestershire and Rutland Family Hisory Society at Wigston, Leicester
Over 75 members attended to hear Maurice Clarke recount the work of the Heir Hunter and the HHA, and how it is only 6 years since the term "Heir Hunter" came into use when the BBC launched its first series on 4 June 2007.
June 8 2013 : The Society of Genealogists (SoG) London : Saturday Afternoon Lecture
Maurice Clarke founding chair of the Heir Hunters Association (HHA) delivered a thought provoking lecture to SoG members. It was just 6 years ago the term "Heir Hunters" was first struck by the BBC TV popular program of that name now in its sixth series. 2 years later the HHA was formed and has grown rapidly to represent some 350 independent researchers who trace heirs to estates left by people with died without a will and held by HM Treasury Solicitors office until claimed.
In the second half of his lecture Mr Clarke explained how millions of unclaimed financial assets are now potential targets for HHA members to research, although there remains the reluctance of finance companies and government to force a more robust program to reunite beneficiaries with the billions of pounds on offer.
SoG members were full of questions on many of the issues raised, several existing HHA members attended and several new recruits are expected as a result of the stimulating subject and the wide subject knowledge clearly demonstrated by Mr Clarke.
Comments made by SoG members
"Maurice started at the beginning and worked logically through, using understandable language and a steady pace, enabling one to make notes. Very comprehensive - leading ultimately to a general debate. Very well done"
"excellent event, very informative. Expanded my knowledge of heir hunting"
20 March 2013 : Talk to members of Dunchurch and District U3A - the background the the HHA and intestate estates stimulated many question from the 30+ members attending.
5 March 2013 : Talk to members of Rugby Soroptimists - an evening meal was enjoyed by some 30 members followed by a talk by Maurice Clarke on the workings of an "Heir Hunter". The Soroptimists are a group of women in management and the professions, both active and retired.
1 March 2013 : Warrington U3A Family History Group - 52 members learnt about the work of a Heir Hunter from Maurice Clarke HHA founder. Many questions raised of interest to all.
June 22 2012 : Rugby U3A Family History Group
This was a talk given to a small enthusiastic group of 14 members of the FHG in one of the member's home.
Nuneaton and North Warwickshire LFHS 12 June 2012
Nottingham Local Family History Society 18th April 2012
March 2012 : Lutterworth U3A Family History Group, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
February 2012, Coventry Local Family History Society, West Midlands
Over 70 members turned out to learn about the HHA and the role Heir Hunters play in reuniting heirs with unclaimed inheritances.
January 2012, Met Police Family History Society, London SW1
Maurice Clarke (below) helps members with their enquires into Heir Hunting. "The Metropolitan Police Service Family History Society thoroughly enjoyed a lively and entertaining talk on the life of an independent heir hunter. I am sure a number are now considering a second career! " Alan Johnson, Chair.
September 2011 Cheslyn Hay, Nr Walsall, Staffordshire
Maurice Clarke explaining the workings of the HHA and helping many visitors with family history issues opening many eyes to the various online research tools and web sites. This regular annual all day event run by Cheslyn Hay LFHS attracts a large flow of visitors.
Recent Talks : April 2011 Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
March 2011 Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
To enquire about a talk or exhibition for your Family History group contact Maurice on 07758 205858 - text a landline number and details of your enquiry and we will get back to you, or email us
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