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Q: Old stock certificates ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Old stock certificates
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: rghjudi-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 20 Jun 2004 11:13 PDT
Expires: 20 Jul 2004 11:13 PDT
Question ID: 363629
I want to claim ownership on old stock certificates, what would be the
economical way to find out the precedures required to do so?
If this is what I think it is I'll surely make it worth your while in
the future, but right now this is all I can afford.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Jun 2004 12:49 PDT
Can you tell us the company name on the certificates?

Clarification of Question by rghjudi-ga on 20 Jun 2004 19:49 PDT
What do you need to be clarified?

Clarification of Question by rghjudi-ga on 20 Jun 2004 19:54 PDT
One is Otis Automatic Train Control Inc., #5431, 1923. 
Another one is Pacific Coast Phosphate and Lime Company, certificate #86, 1923

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 22 Jun 2004 17:49 PDT
There is an online stock certificate search service that has a
definitive record on Otis Automatic Train Control, which they offer
for sale for about $40.  The record will cover the history of the
company, and let you know whether or not it is still in business, and
if it is, what the current name of the company is.

The service does not have an available record for Pacific Coast
Phosphate and Lime Company, but they can research the company's
history for you, if you want.  Again, there is a fee for the research
service, but they have a pretty good track record of uncovering
company histories.

Lastly, the company also offers a funds-recovery service -- if the
stock certificates still have any value, they can assist you in
recovering the money due you (for a fee, of course).

Let me know if you would like me to post the details about accessing
this information as an answer to your question.


Clarification of Question by rghjudi-ga on 22 Jun 2004 19:24 PDT
Go ahead and post, you're advice has reallt thrilled me into locating
Otis. Please let me know how to get a hold of online service. I am so
excited , will keep in touch. Thank you, you are remarkable
Subject: Re: Old stock certificates
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 22 Jun 2004 19:49 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this...I'm glad to hear that
you're excited about this information.

From everything I've learned about stock searching, it seems to me
that the place to turn to is a company called Stock Search
International at:

You will see from their homepage that they offer a number of services,
including an online option to search their database of profiles for
companies whose stocks are no longer actively traded.

To get started, click on  "Stock Search".

On the resulting page, note that there are several options available,
all of which might be useful to you at some point.  But for now, click
on "Database",

This will take you to the search page for their "Database of Companies
No Longer Listed".  In the text box, enter: [ Otis Automatic ].  This
will lead you to an entry with the full name of the company:

OTIS AUTOMATIC TRAIN CONTROL, INC. incorporated in 1921.

Click on the name, and you'll get an introductory paragraph to the
company profile.  To get the full profile, you will have to purchase
it from Stock Search for $40.00.


As I mentioned earlier, there is not a similar profile for Pacific
Coast Phosphate and Lime Company (enter the words [ Pacific Coast ] in
the search box to see all the companies with similar names).

However, Stock Search Int'l can also research this company for you if
you're interested.  Go to this link:

for their "New Research" service.  Note that there is a fee of $85 for
them to attempt to reconstruct the history on this company.

Lastly, you can read about their Recovery of Funds services here:

I wish you the best of luck in your searches (and if you should strike
it rich, don't forget your friends at Google Answers -- haha!).

Before rating this answer, let me know if anything here is unclear, or
if you need additional information.

All the best...


search strategy:  Used bookmarked sites for stock searching
rghjudi-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
the You certainly simplified it, and when I get rich I'll remember (hehe)
thank you very much

Subject: Re: Old stock certificates
From: pafalafa-ga on 23 Jun 2004 12:13 PDT
Thanks so much for your kind and generous feedback.  Here's wishing
you all the best in your further research...


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