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A true historical investigator.

At the intersection of law,foreign languages and investigation, the genealogist goes back in time to trace a family's ancestral history or to search for heirs. Rigorous and patient, he is immersed in archives, civil status registers, and other official documents to locate a lead. Called during an estate settlement or sale of property, he is in charge of finding the heirs or beneficiary of the deeds.


The profession of genealogist requires the mobilization of various resources and heavy research work in in archives, civil status registers, census, taxes, and other official documents to accomplish its mission of tracing the ancestral history of a family or to seek heirs. 

The practice of foreign languages ​​is a plus because nowadays, more and more families are separated in different regions of the world and the cases could be traced more and more abroad.

The genealogist must know the basics of law in order to analyze the data collected and understand the implications in the present. He is organized in his research and must know how to determine the accuracy of the information found.


The probate genealogist is most often responsible for finding heirs during a complex succession procedure. He can also intervene in cases of unclaimed or vacant estate to find the owner of a property.



Frequently Asked Questions

I have been contacted by a genealogist, can I trust him?

Even if this profession is not the first that we think of when we talk about estate settlement, you should know that more and more files are looked at by a genealogist and he will be your first point of contact to ensure that you have found the right person. Be aware, however, that under no circumstances will the genealogist ask for your money in advance.

If I don't have money to give, how do you get paid?

When a genealogist is appointed by a notary/attorney to find the heirs of a deceased person, he does not receive financial assistance from the notary/attorney. He is paid according to a percentage depending on the degree of kinship between the deceased and the heir and not according to the amount of the estate (which is most of the time ignored by the genealogist). This percentage is not the percentage taken from the entire estate, but the percentage taken from the heir's share. The genealogist must pay all costs related to the research in advance, without the possibility of being refunded in case of failure (No heir, for example). Also, note that as the genealogist is being rewarded by a percentage of your share in the estate, he will not make you accept an estate with a liability greater than the assets.

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