Ancestral Research

If you have European ancestors but not all the paperwork to prove your right to EU citizenship, we can help. Our specialist researchers can find the relevant documents for you in Poland, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, France, UK, USA, Lithuania and more.

To reclaim EU citizenship, you need documentation to prove your lineage and connection to your European ancestors. Our researchers take on complex cases to find the hidden information that others often miss. We work hard to get you one step closer to an EU passport.

What is Ancestral Research?

Ancestral research involves searching international archives to find missing information about your ancestors. Some of the documents that our genealogists find are far from complete. However, they can help us in our detective work to pinpoint the origins of displaced people, link to relatives and hint to where they went next.

To obtain EU citizenship, you require a lot of supporting documents, especially if your ancestral connection to Europe is further back in your family. Therefore, we provide ancestral research when you don’t have all the evidence you need to prove your right to EU citizenship.

How Can Our Team Help You?

During and after War World II many people in Europe immigrated or were removed from their homes without any paperwork. People ended up in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America, amongst other nations. Through ancestral research, our genealogists can navigate complex archives to link missing information. We can uncover the story of your European ancestors during this time.

Finding records in Europe can be difficult for many reasons. This can be due to the passage of time, lack of reliable information and shifts of country borders. When others give up, we keep searching until we find the information you need to bring you closer to European citizenship.

What is the Process Involved?

We ask you to fill out a family tree with all the information that you do have. Based on the information you provide to us, our researchers comb through the archives for further details. Our team may look for documents such as:

  • Residential Records
  • Army Records
  • Voters List
  • ID Documents
  • School and Work Records
  • Business and Land Ownership Records
  • Birth Certificates or Marriage Certificate
  • Other Records

Once the research is complete, we send you a summary of the work conducted, the archival institutions contacted and the documents found. Dependent on the information found, we provide an eligibility assessment and discuss potential pathways to EU citizenship for you.

Why Our Team?

Our global team of specialist researchers are passionate about their work. They understand archival research, history and how to find the missing links in your family tree. They have a physical presence in countries across Europe, as well as the US, UK and Australia. This means that when information is proving tricky to find online, we can also explore the physical archives upon request. Our researchers are also multilingual and have the skill set to explore global and complex archives.

The National Archives of Australia recognizes Polaron’s EU services as a genealogical institution. We are members of the Israel Genealogical Society and enjoy excellent working relationships with institutions such as the Institute of National Remembrance  and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. We also work with various Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian and German archives. Furthermore, we are well-versed in the operations of other national archives. This includes archives in Canada, USA, New Zealand and South Africa.

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in pursuing ancestral research with us, we will provide obligation-free advice about your own situation and suggest the most appropriate action.

Contact our team of specialists today to start your journey towards European citizenship!

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