GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung mbH was founded in 1990 with nine employees – then under the name GEN Büro für Erbenermittlung GmbH. We now employ over 70 employees at our headquarters in Berlin, at our branches in Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Bayreuth and Gera as well as our subsidiaries in Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA. At the same time we have a worldwide network of correspondents and a special library collected through many years.
Our subsidiary GEN Sp. z o.o. maintains offices in Słubice, Wrocław and Krakow from which we can conduct detailed on-location research without delay. Since 2015 our Czech subsidiary GEN Česko s.r.o. has its office in the capital Prague. The American section of our group of companies maintains offices on the east coast of the USA – in Tampa, Charlotte and New York. Since the founding of the American subsidiary AGHS (American Global Heir Search) in 2007, together we have earned an excellent reputation for the processing of international estate matters.
Our competent team of highly-qualified genealogists consists of historians, attorneys, business economists, archivists and political scientists. With our experience of many years and consistent commitment, we have dedicated ourselves to the interesting but also challenging work of locating heirs. Our strength is in our teamwork and specialized knowledge. Through the years our staff has continually been expanded with experts from diverse subject areas. This makes it possible for us to independently correspond in 20 languages and to solve seemingly hopeless cases.
With the UK Probate Research Awards a platform was created in Great Britain which recognizes the dedication of probate researchers on the national and international level. The first awards ceremony, which took place on 7 February 2019 in London, was presented by the BBC presenter Nikki Bedi, sponsored by Aviva Legal Indemnities and supported by the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP).
At this event awards were presented in various categories to the best and most successful in the field. The managing director of GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung mbH, Jan-Mathis Holstein, was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research as the only German award recipient. In 2018 he co-initiated as founding member of IAPPR (International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists & Heir Hunters) an association of professional international probate researchers, whose members have dedicated themselves to abide by high professional and ethical standards as well as to inform the public about the probate research industry.
The search for heirs is the search for the relatives of a decedent who, in general, come into question as heirs because of the legal line of succession. The result of a successful search for heirs is the filing of an application for a certificate of inheritance by the heirs. On the following pages we have attempted to answer all frequently asked questions regarding the search for heirs.Learn more
Our 70+ employees work at thirteen different locations in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA. Most of them have a degree in history or law and have often already been working for decades as genealogists. On this page you can get to know our offices and each individual employee.Learn more
GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung encompasses subsidiaries in Poland, the USA and the Czech Republic. In our group of companies more than 30 employees are working daily on international research cases. Because we can independently correspond in twenty language, we are in a position to quickly achieve success.Learn more