Surames and Their Meaning

Even since the 12th century, surnames have been in use in Europe. From time to time you probably have wondered yourself how certain surnames come into existence. Basically, four different factors are responsible for the development of most surnames and family names. Here we put them together. Origin Some surnames derive from a person’s origin,… Read more »

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Stateless

There are things one might deem impossible. For instance, that a person can be stateless, i.e. does not hold any citizenship. As a matter of fact, people can lose their citizenship by means of expatriation, forced migration, dissolution of a state or its refounding under different conditions, or through birth. In our research we came… Read more »

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Anniversary of the Sovereignty of Bhutan

On 12 Febuary 1971, Bhutan received unrestricted sovereignty from India. On this day, Bhutan gained the international recognition when the country was admitted to the United Nations. Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy. Head of state is King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. On 5 February 2016, the first child of Dragonking Jigme and his wife Dragonqueen Jetsun Pema… Read more »

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Coat of Arms Tattoo Wins Contest

Never let it be said that coats of arms are boring. As a matter of fact, there are countless possibilities to integrate them into everyday life and, thus, to live the tradition. Signet rings, writing utensils, or dishware with the attached coat of arms are particularly popular. Thereby they are turned into distinguished items. In… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, Harald Heimbach

In the past, this blog has served the announce a number of birthdays, but this time it is a very special one. Today our CEO Harald Heimbach is celebrating his 50th birthday! And of course, we received him with a very special welcome when he came to the office, today. Already at the front door… Read more »

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Genealogy: Searching for the roots

NZZ-Format-Ahnenforschung

At the end of last year, Swiss Television visited our headquarters in Stuttgart. For half a day an editor and his camera man were shooting at our office to produce a show about our work. They also did interviews with Harald Heimbach and Dr. Rolf Sutter. Now we are excited to see the results! The… Read more »

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Obituary Dr. Zdenko G. Alexy

Contemporary heraldry has lost one of their most important characters. In the evening of January 10, 2016, our highly esteemed colleague died in his hometown of Bratislava. He was an impressive person, scholar, politician and economics specialist. I have known Dr. Alexy for 35 years and worked with him for many years. It pains me… Read more »

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Christmas Greetings 2015

The year 2015 draws to an end. I can remember very well how I wrote my Christmas Greetings last year and I can hardly believe it is already time to go about it again. I want to thank you for your loyalty during this year. We have seen a lot this year. Our staff members… Read more »

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Wanted – A Picture of the Ancestor

To draw a vivid picture of the ancestors is the task and endeavor of any good family research. For the period of contemporary history we may take this metaphor literally as in virtually all families there are photos of parents, grandparents etc. Sometimes even older pictures exist which allow a glimpse at the ancestors from… Read more »

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