This concerns the search for heirs for the deceased in an estate settlement. This is the main activity of most genealogists in France today. The work here consists of using only the information contained in the deceased's death certificate to trace the genealogical tree and find his next of kin.
An essential tool for settling cases of property without an owner or abandoned land, for example, land research is the research that makes it possible to identify with certainty the owner of a property from land registry data. This research can be carried out with the land registration service, but also with the departmental archives on which the property depends. In this case, the genealogist must go directly to the archives to carry out the research himself, since the research could not be completed remotely.
Thanks to training on this subject and various cases since the beginning of the company, we have become an expert in the field. Land research is now a skill that is increasingly sought after by city halls or local/regional authorities, but not all genealogists are able to conduct this type of research today due to a lack of training.
When a bank account is unclaimed, meaning, when the bank has not had contact with its owner for several years, we may do the research to find him. The bank/company can appoint the genealogist, who can then locate the owner at his new address or, if the owner is deceased, find his heirs.