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Get Reading : If you have one of these Berkshire family names you could be in line to inherit a fortune

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There are more than one hundred estates in Reading and Berkshire waiting to be claimed.

The Government is sitting on the estates because the deceased passed away without making a will or with no next of kin.

Several estates in Berkshire have been listed by the government for decades, and will revert to the crown permanently if they remain unidentified.

The list of surnames of unclaimed estates below include people who were born or died in the county, or had some other family link to the area.

According to Finders International – a specialist probate genealogist team – family members and heirs have just 12 years to claim an estate once it has been reported unclaimed to the Crown.

Danny Curran, star of BBC Heir Hunters and MD of Finders International told the Birmingham Mail: “These estates are waiting to be claimed from the government, who are sitting on the fortunes of over ten thousand people across the UK.”

Any individual can check the Central Probate Registry to see if any next of kin are on the unclaimed list.

The list has seen an sharp increase in numbers over the past few years due to government cuts which means there is no search for a will before an unclaimed estate is added to the list.
These are the surnames of unclaimed Berkshire estates:

Alders

Anderson

Barber

Bernard

Bloor

Bond

Bowden

Brooks

Brown

Butcher

Campbell

Carter

Cartland

Clark

Clarke

Collins

Dajlidzionek

Dalton

Danbury

Darby

Davis

Dodds

Donovan

Doyle

Duffell

Earney

Elkins

Ellis

Fajfurewycz

Fane

Farrell

Fitzgerald

Fowler

Goddard

Godwin

Goodwin

Gregorian

Gundry

Harrison

Haverley

Hawkins

Hayman

Hayter

Henderson

Hibbert

Higgins

Hindmarsh

Hirst

Hitchcock

Houlihan

Hrynko

Jaffe

Johns

Johnson

Jones

Keilly

Lawson

Gordon

Leonard

Levy

Lindsay

Malinowska

Mansfield

Mason

May

McCann

McElroy

Messenger

Miaskowski

Moore

Morris

O’Brien

O’Shea

Paul

Preston

Pringle

Pugh

Quinn

Readyhough

Rennie

Reynolds

Robertson

Robinson

Ross

Sanni

Short

Simmonds

Smith

Storey

Thaddeus

Tipler

Twomey

Vaisanen

Veselinovic

Vivian

Walker

Walsh

Ward

Warnock

Welch

Wells

Welsh

White

Wilkinson

Wilson

Winter

Wyka

Yates

Yusuf

This article has been first published in getreading.