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2005-09-05 16:13
Last modified: 2008-12-09 20:16
Translated by: Javier Ignacio Astigueta

Genealogy Investigation Service

Eusko Ikaskuntza – The Basque Studies Society provides the opportunity to learn about your origins through its Genealogy Investigation Service.

We believe each family history is unique and unrepeatable, thus, our main objectives are based on providing personalized attention, professional advice, transparency and commitment.

Investigations will vary according to the amount of generations studied. These may be extended according to interest and the existence of parish records, with the year 1550 as the limit for investigations since parish records were only generalized that year with the signing of the Council of Trent.

How do we work?
When beginning a genealogical investigation we resort to the parish records of baptisms, marriages and deaths in each municipality. We also visit the archives in which notarial documents are kept and we consult the pertinent bibliographical sources.

In the cases in which it is required, field work is performed and if the house of origin is identified using the family tree, it is photographed.

What do we offer?

  • The Genealogic Family Tree.
  • Copies of all documentation obtained during the investigation certified by the archive that stores them.
  • If it exists, the shield corresponding to the family surname accompanied by its heraldic description.
  • Investigation on the origin of surnames and family shields. This provides information on the origin, etymology, geographical roots, variations, famous personalities and heraldry of each surname.
  • Digital photographs of the original houses, geographical surroundings, etc.

You’re interested. What should you do?

  1. Contact Eusko Ikaskuntza – The Basque Studies Society
    Address: Palacio Miramar – Miraconcha 48, 20007 Donostia – San Sebastian
  2. Provide the largest amount of information possible and specify whether you wish the research to cover the paternal line, maternal line or both lines jointly.
    The following information is mandatory:
    - Name and surnames, address and contact details of the applicant.
    - Name and surnames, place and date of birth, name and origin of spouse,
    parents, grandparents, etc.
    And the following information would be helpful and thus appreciated:
    - Dates and places of marriage and death.
    - Other relevant information on as many members of the family as possible.
  3. After studying the information provided the Genealogical Investigation Team will propose a quote based on the difficulty of the case.
  4. Once the proposal is accepted by the applicant the investigation process is initiated.