Since its founding in 1990, the headquarters of the probate research company GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung mbH have been located in Berlin. 30 employees work for us in Berlin - many of them for over 25 years. In addition to management, with the managing directors Sabine Flick and Jan-Mathis Holstein, the legal department is also based in Berlin and supports our genealogists by clarifying any questions pertaining to inheritance law.
When simultaneously working on several hundred estate matters our competent probate researchers can access many archives in Berlin, which include the Landesarchiv Berlin (Berlin State Archive) and the Evangelische Zentralarchiv (EZA, Central Archive of the Protestant Church), the inventory of which includes church records from formerly German parishes in Prussia. The Registry Office "Standesamt I" plays a central role when we are hunting German heirs abroad or conducting research pertaining to former German territories. Marriage, birth and death records as well as declarations of death of German citizens without a place of residence within Germany are housed here. Conditioned by the size and varied history of Berlin - at times there were over 100 registry offices - research demands our genealogists to have particular local knowledge.
Besides the publically available archives, we also have a unique competitive advantage in searching for heirs: our internal library. In 25 years over 10,000 titles have been obtained and carefully catalogued. Belonging to this extensive collection are old address and telephone directories from throughout Germany and the former eastern territories of Germany, lists of missing and displaced persons, lists of people in former prisons and internment camps as well as archive inventories from international archives.
Our subsidiary ERB Immobilien GmbH is also located in Berlin.