Most of us know our immediate relatives - our parents, grandparents, and maybe even great-grandparents. They may have been around when we were growing up and for much of our lives, or their memory is so recent that there are plenty of family stories about a great aunt or uncle. But what about our more distant relatives?
For those of us across the world with European roots, how many of us know much at all about our ancestors, the countries and times they lived in, and what part they may have played in the history of the ancient European empire?
Noble Family Trees
At the height of the Nobility in Europe, the passing of hereditary titles from one heir to the next would typically mean that families could trace their lineage back over hundreds of years, providing them with a rich history of their ancestors from generations before, with details of who they were and what they did.
But as we moved towards more modern times, there may have been any number of reasons why this noble family history may have become broken from one generation to the next. Families may have been split up, perhaps being displaced by historical events, choosing to emigrate to other countries, or simply through a feud that was never reconciled.
Whatever the reasons, it’s not uncommon for the modern-day descendants of the ancient European Nobility living in countries like the US, Canada and Australia to be completely unaware of who, and how important, their ancestors were. Perhaps they have some vague notion of their European ancestry through old family stories, but little idea of the true history of their ancient European relatives.
If they were able to reconnect the missing branches of their family trees and trace their ancestors back to the Middle Ages and the times of the great Noble families of Europe, they would discover they were in fact descended from Nobility, and may even be the rightful heir of a Nobel Title and the associated wealth that might come with it.
Our Noble Genealogical Research
With the wealth of historical documents in our own private library which has been established over the last 40 years, we have unrivalled information about the noble families of Europe. This information has been scientifically collated into a modern database of virtually all the Noble Titles from France, Italy and the Germanic lands of Europe.
We are able to combine this invaluable information resource with investigations of historic registers and archives to discover and detail individuals’ historic ties to ancestors who were members of the European Nobility, Military orders, and orders of Knighthood and Chivalry.
In some instances, we may even be able to uncover a link to your noble European ancestors from your surname - our Surname Ancestral Research is a completely unique service that allows us to determine whether your surname is linked to European Nobility and, more importantly, if your family has the legal right to a Noble Title.
When a link to a noble European title is discovered, we are one of the few genealogical research companies who can assist with the necessary legal process for the reinstatement of these Titles of Nobility. For those seeking entrance to orders of Chivalry and Knighthood, we can also assist in the preparation of the required documentation to prove Nobility in order to apply for admission.
There are many descendants of the European Noble families who are completely unaware that they are the rightful heirs to their titles. Our unique service allows us to verify they are indeed descended from nobility and royalty and begin the process of reclaiming their Noble Titles.
For many individuals, discovering they are descendants of European Nobility and the rightful heirs to titles such as Duke, Viscount or Lord may be more than they ever dreamed of when they embarked on their journey to find out more about their ancestors. However, some of the noble families of Europe held substantial wealth, and as part of our genealogical services, we will also perform a search of our database of unclaimed inheritances related to these families.
Currently, it’s estimated that there are approximately 3000 cases of unclaimed inheritances from European noble families, with potential heirs in countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia. Our genealogical services could discover the legal right to an ancestral Noble Title, as well as the significant inheritance that comes with it.
What Makes Nobility Titles Different
If you’ve often thought about using the services of a company that specialises in genealogical research to trace your ancestors, it’s worth pointing out that the service we offer differs considerably from the many ‘recreational’ genealogy companies who simply provide a very broad overview of your heritage.
Our service involves detailed genealogical research, aimed at uncovering your family’s link to a genuine, historical Title of Nobility. Not only that, but in cases where we are able to locate a Noble Title, we also possess the expertise to help you claim and reinstate it. This one-of-a-kind genealogical research service is available for a fee of just €299, which includes a full report on any Noble Title we discover you are entitled to.
We are the only company in the world that is capable of not only discovering whether individuals are related to actual Nobility Titles, but also obtaining these Nobility Titles for them.
Are You Related to European Nobility
Understanding where we come from, our distant relatives and their origins, is a natural curiosity for most of us. But for those whose families have lived in Europe or in the realms of former countries of Europe, their ancestors may be important figures in the continent’s history, members of the Nobility, or both.
Individuals who are interested in tracing their heritage back through some of the most vibrant and interesting times of the Ancient European empires should get in touch using the enquiry form in the sidebar or you can contact our Geneva office directly between 10.00-19.00, Monday to Friday on +41 225 181 360.