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I have some old share certificates, how can I find out if they have any value?

There are various publications you can use to do your research.

They include The Financial Post Survey of Predecessor and Defunct Companies. It's a record of changes to Canadian public companies going back to 1929. It includes company name changes, amalgamations and mergers, acquisitions through purchase offers or share exchanges (and the exchange basis of old shares for new) and liquidations. For similar information on Canadian mining companies, you could look at Canadian Mines Handbook. Other sources include the Financial Post's Survey of Mines and Energy Resources or the Financial Post's Survey of Industrials. A source that covers both American and Canadian companies is the Annual Guide to Stocks and the Directory of Obsolete Securities. This is published by Financial Information Incorporated, P.O. Box 473, Jersey City, N.J. 07303, Phone (201) 332-5400. If these sources don't have what you are looking for -- or you don't want to do the legwork, there's an alternative. You can hire experts to help you such as Stock Search International Inc., 4761 West Waterbuck Drive, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. 85742. They do searches of companies from around the world. Ideally, you should send them a photo copy of the front and back of the certificate, or at least of the front. The charge is $115 (Canadian) for each company you want searched if you have between one and five. The per-company fee drops if you get six or more searches done. You can call them at 1-800-537-4523. Their regular phone number is 520-579-5635. The fax number is 520-579-5639.