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 Stuttgart as well as at our subsidiaries in Gera, Poland, the Czech Republic and the USA. In addition, we have a worldwide network of correspondents and a special library collected through many years. The managing director is Jan-Mathis Holstein.
We search for and locate heirs worldwide. When heirs who live abroad are searched for, we can fall back on 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 the founding of our Czech subsidiary GEN Česko s.r.o..in 2015, it has been locating heirs from its office in the capital city of Prague. The American section of our group of companies maintains an office on the east coast of the USA in Tampa. 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 AGHS (American Global Heir Search).
Our competent team of highly-qualified genealogists consists of historians, attorneys, business economists, archivists and political scientists. With our many years’ experience 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. Whether inheritance law, complex lines of succession or genealogical research abroad, our probate researchers fall back on their expertise while searching for unknown heirs. This makes it possible for us to independently correspond in over 20 languages and to solve seemingly hopeless cases.
Our legal department regularly writes a newsletter containing current information regarding inheritance law. We offer this to estate administrators, judicial officers and the general public as a download.
At this year's UK Probate Research Awards, which had to take place online due to Covid-19, our Managing Director Jan-Mathis Holstein won the award in the category Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research. The Managing Director of our subsidiary AGHS in the United States, Ms. Amy Crabill Lay, received the prize in the category Best International Probate Researcher of the Year.
The UK Probate Research Awards are internationally unique. Members of the probate research community were awarded in several categories, including law firms specialized in probate proceedings. Furthermore, persons who are not based in the UK can be nominated for two awards (Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research and Best International Probate Researcher) – and these both categories were won by employees of our group of companies this year.
We are very pleased that our daily work finds an international resonance and we would like to thank the jury for this recognition.
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