March 13, 2002 - Humour - Genealogist doesn't leave a trace

Police in Edinburgh have conceded they are having difficulties tracing relatives of an expert in family trees.

James Gilhooley, 61, a genealogist from the Muirhouse area of the city, died on Monday.

However, police admitted they have been unable to trace the wife, son or daughter of the expert in family history.

Mr Gilhooley had been separated from his wife for 15 years.

It is thought that he has a son and daughter, but police have experienced difficulty tracing any next of kin.

They have appealed for anyone who knew Mr Gilhooley's family to contact them.

Field of expertise

Mr Gilhooley had been an engineer by trade but in his later years worked as a genealogist.

He was said to have published material and was well respected in his new field of expertise.

A Lothian and Borders police spokeswoman said: "We ask anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Mr Gilhooley's relatives to contact the police"