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Q: Corporate history ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Corporate history
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: donnie5916-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 20 Oct 2003 14:20 PDT
Expires: 19 Nov 2003 13:20 PST
Question ID: 268036
What happened to 2 corporations, each of which existed in 1930:
National Family Stores, Inc., a New York corporation; and Metal and
Mining Shares, Incorporated, a Maryland corporation. Both corporations
issued shares to the public via recognized stock exchanges. Transfer
agents -for M&M, Bank of America; for NFS, City Bank Farmers Trust
Co.(New York).

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Oct 2003 16:57 PDT
Hello there,

I have found a database that contains the histories of both of your
companies.  The beginning of each history can be accessed from the
database at no charge:


This company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland

This company was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York.
head office was located at New York City, New York. Mr. A. S. Lipman
served as president.

In order to see the rest of the companies' histories -- which includes
information such as mergers, buyouts, bankruptcies, etc --  the
database charges a $40 fee per company.

If you'd like, I can give you instructions for accessing the database
so that you could get the full histories for these two companies.  But
please be aware of the additional fees, beyond what you have offered
to pay here.

Let me know if I should post instructions for accessing the company
histories as an answer to your question.



Clarification of Question by donnie5916-ga on 22 Oct 2003 11:25 PDT
yes - I accept the $40 per company charge from the database, and will
await your instructions. Thank you.
Subject: Re: Corporate history
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 22 Oct 2003 11:42 PDT

Thanks for getting back to me.  Here is the information you wanted
about accessing the full histories of your two companies.

A company called Stock Search International is one of many online
firms that will research a company's history, usually in regard to
finding out if some long-held stock certificates have any present-day

But unlike other such companies that I'm familiar with, SSI makes its
database available on the internet, so it is possible to immediately
confirm if a company is or is not in their system.  Fortunately, your
two companies are both listed already.

Head to the SSI search page at:

and enter a company name in the search box EXACTLY as I have it below
(their lookup system is very touchy...if a company name has "&" but
you type "and" it might miss it):



(Search these one at a time...not both together).

This will take you to a results page that says:  "YOUR QUERY HAS BEEN
SUCCESSFUL!" and will include the introductory paragraph that I gave
you already, along with the name of the company.

Click on the company name, and you will be taken to a page where you
can order the full report for $40 each.

Note that SSI also offers other services, including one they call
"Recovery of Funds" for those lucky enough to be holding stock
certificates that have some current value.

Who knows...perhaps you're among the lucky ones.

This should be all you need to retrieve the company histories.  But if
anything here is unclear -- or if you need additional information --
just post a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you

Best of luck.


search strategy:  None...used bookmarked sites.
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