Oregon receives over $50 million in unclaimed monies each year. The interest from this property is paid to the Common School Fund, but the principal remains with the original property owners indefinitely. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), there are now at least $42 billion in unclaimed cash accessible in the United States. NAUPA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting property owners in locating and recovering abandoned items.
The last-name-only option might be extremely useful when searching for people in a less populated state, such as Oregon. This is not the case in more densely populated areas, where a last-name search can provide so many results that you couldn’t possibly retrieve all of them in one search.