Deb Stone

is creating human connections through research, writing, and art.

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The reports read: Fatal 90-133921. Deceased is viewed in Trauma Room 1. Body is warm to the touch. Manner of dress: Clothing cut away. No identification found. The body is draped in a white sheet. The head is covered by short, curly, brown hair. The eyes are brown in color. There is a mustache.

My younger brother lay unclaimed in a Texas mortuary for almost a week before the Salvation Army notified police that we were his next of kin. We were lucky. Some families wait years without any word, only to discover their father, sister, cousin, son has been long gone. 

For the last four years, I've searched for and located next of kin (NOK) for over eighty decedents whose bodies have been unclaimed. I start with their name, date of birth, date of death, and sometimes, a photograph. I scour the internet and public records for clues that lead me to their family. Some of them had poignant or powerful lives. Some lived through important historical events. Some of the things I've learned inspired me. Some broke my heart. All of them helped me understand how intricately connected we all really are.

In 2017, I began providing genealogy services to law enforcement for cold cases. This is my second year working genetic genealogy for agencies and individuals.

For the price of a Diet Coke, a medium latte, a happy hour drink, a leisurely lunch, or a lavish dinner, you can share in my interesting, exciting, frustrating, and rewarding work. You'll get access to read private Patron-only posts about the work I do, the clues I discover, the connections I make. You'll be virtually there when I resolve a case.

How? 

Just pick the level you'd like at the right: Snoop, Shadow, Bird Dog, Gumshoe, Sleuth, Private Eye, Super Sherlock, or NOK Ninja. Click the button and you're halfway there. Fill out some basic information, and you're done. But wait, there's more! Each level has additional awards.

Since Patreon is designed to build fan support for writers and artists, they don't offer an option for one-time payments. If you'd like to contribute once, you can sign up for one month, then cancel after the first payment. You are never committed to a particular length of time when you sign up as a subscriber, but I hope you'll want to stay around.


Tiers
Snoop
$2 or more per month
You're a natural born skeptic, but still, you're curious. Who does she write about? Why should I care ? How will my support help?

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
Shadow
$5 or more per month
You hang back and take stock before jumping in. You gotta know stuff, but you keep it on the down low. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You'll get a 5% discount on family research projects.
Bird Dog
$10 or more per month
You've got a nose for story. You're persistent on a trail and loyal as a friend. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 10% discount on family research projects.
Gumshoe
$15 or more per month
You're stealthy and sly. You know a good character when you read one, and when you meet one. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back.
  • You'll get a 15% discount on family research projects.
Sleuth
$20 or more per month
You fancy yourself a bit of a detective. You like to know the how, what, when,  and why for yourself. You like to get the inside story before everyone else. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back.
  •  Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 20% discount on family research projects.
Private Eye
$25 or more per month
You're all about the investigation it takes to find next of kin, and the stories that come from that process. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back. 
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 25% discount on family research projects.
Super Sherlock
$50 or more per month
You're a lean, mean detection machine. You always figure out the story before the end.

Includes
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back. 
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You get ONE FREE HOUR of family research, after which you receive a 25% discount on family research projects.
NOK Ninja
$100 or more per month
You're the quiet type.  You sneak in, take a look around, and figure out what's what, then leave no trace.  

Includes
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll receive TWO FREE HOURS of family research, after which you will receive a 25% discount on family research projects.
The reports read: Fatal 90-133921. Deceased is viewed in Trauma Room 1. Body is warm to the touch. Manner of dress: Clothing cut away. No identification found. The body is draped in a white sheet. The head is covered by short, curly, brown hair. The eyes are brown in color. There is a mustache.

My younger brother lay unclaimed in a Texas mortuary for almost a week before the Salvation Army notified police that we were his next of kin. We were lucky. Some families wait years without any word, only to discover their father, sister, cousin, son has been long gone. 

For the last four years, I've searched for and located next of kin (NOK) for over eighty decedents whose bodies have been unclaimed. I start with their name, date of birth, date of death, and sometimes, a photograph. I scour the internet and public records for clues that lead me to their family. Some of them had poignant or powerful lives. Some lived through important historical events. Some of the things I've learned inspired me. Some broke my heart. All of them helped me understand how intricately connected we all really are.

In 2017, I began providing genealogy services to law enforcement for cold cases. This is my second year working genetic genealogy for agencies and individuals.

For the price of a Diet Coke, a medium latte, a happy hour drink, a leisurely lunch, or a lavish dinner, you can share in my interesting, exciting, frustrating, and rewarding work. You'll get access to read private Patron-only posts about the work I do, the clues I discover, the connections I make. You'll be virtually there when I resolve a case.

How? 

Just pick the level you'd like at the right: Snoop, Shadow, Bird Dog, Gumshoe, Sleuth, Private Eye, Super Sherlock, or NOK Ninja. Click the button and you're halfway there. Fill out some basic information, and you're done. But wait, there's more! Each level has additional awards.

Since Patreon is designed to build fan support for writers and artists, they don't offer an option for one-time payments. If you'd like to contribute once, you can sign up for one month, then cancel after the first payment. You are never committed to a particular length of time when you sign up as a subscriber, but I hope you'll want to stay around.


Recent posts by Deb Stone

Tiers
Snoop
$2 or more per month
You're a natural born skeptic, but still, you're curious. Who does she write about? Why should I care ? How will my support help?

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
Shadow
$5 or more per month
You hang back and take stock before jumping in. You gotta know stuff, but you keep it on the down low. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You'll get a 5% discount on family research projects.
Bird Dog
$10 or more per month
You've got a nose for story. You're persistent on a trail and loyal as a friend. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You can post questions. I'll answer, natch!
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 10% discount on family research projects.
Gumshoe
$15 or more per month
You're stealthy and sly. You know a good character when you read one, and when you meet one. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back.
  • You'll get a 15% discount on family research projects.
Sleuth
$20 or more per month
You fancy yourself a bit of a detective. You like to know the how, what, when,  and why for yourself. You like to get the inside story before everyone else. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back.
  •  Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 20% discount on family research projects.
Private Eye
$25 or more per month
You're all about the investigation it takes to find next of kin, and the stories that come from that process. 

Includes
  • Personalized thank you postcard mailed to you.
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back. 
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll get a 25% discount on family research projects.
Super Sherlock
$50 or more per month
You're a lean, mean detection machine. You always figure out the story before the end.

Includes
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You can ask questions by private message. I'll whisper back. 
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You get ONE FREE HOUR of family research, after which you receive a 25% discount on family research projects.
NOK Ninja
$100 or more per month
You're the quiet type.  You sneak in, take a look around, and figure out what's what, then leave no trace.  

Includes
  • You totally get to snoop around in all my Patron-only posts.
  • You'll get a personalized postcard with an excerpt from a case.
  • Top Ten Tips to find friends or family emailed to your inbox.
  • You'll receive TWO FREE HOURS of family research, after which you will receive a 25% discount on family research projects.