Part of the show outlined the story of John Finch, a man from Kansas who died in Scranton, Pa., in 1999. Mysteriously, in his home was the family Bible of an unrelated woman (whose daughter professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak was able to locate).
In 2003, Finch was listed as a survivor in his brothers newspaper obituary. Smolenyak figured out he had 9 siblings, but none of the phone numbers she dug up panned out. Well, a tip from About Genealogys Kimberly Powell has cracked the case.
Powell spotted a brief newspaper snippet about a car break-in, and she thought the automobiles owner was a likely niece of Finchs. More research uncovered several possible addresses and she passed them on to the Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office in Pennsylvania. Yesterday, John Finch’s brother called the coroner’s office. John Finch is no longer an unclaimed person.