GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung mbH would like to introduce itself

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 International Locations

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 Strengths

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.

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Publication of the current newsletter for estate administrators June 2019.

Please also note the events taking place in 2019. At seven locations ZORN-Seminare will be conducting six-hour continuing education seminars on the topic of “Estate Administration in Practice,” which is aimed at estate administrators and judicial officers of the probate courts.

Search for heirs Questions and answers

Search for heirs

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.

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Genealogists Team and location


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.

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International Probate Research

International Probate Research

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.

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