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Our Mission

Locating rightful heirs and beneficiaries with compassion, transparency, and professionalism.

About AGHS

AGHS – American Global Heir Search – is an international forensic genealogical firm that locates missing heirs and beneficiaries to estates, guardianships, and trusts. AGHS is an American company. The company’s headquarters are in Tampa, Florida.

AGHS was founded in 2007 by parent company GEN Gesellschaft für Erbenermittlung mbH. AGHS’s parent company was the first European firm to ever open an office in the United States. GEN is based in Berlin and is one of the largest companies in the business. Other locations include branches in Gera, Hannover, Hamburg, Cologne and Bayreuth as well as the Polish subsidiaries in Slubice, Krakow and Wroclaw and a subsidiary in Prague, Czech Republic. Furthermore, AGHS and GEN have close contacts with professional researchers and partner firms worldwide. AGHS works hand in hand with these partners whenever a case extends to another continent.

The AGHS Team

Amy Crabill Lay

President, Genealogist

Celeste Davis

Estate Coordinator

Claire Ammon

Certified Genealogist®

Melissa Trump

Client Manager

L. Darlene McFarland

Client Manager, Finance

Katherine Pilcher

Senior Genealogist

Mackenzie Da Costa

Estate Coordinator, Genealogist

Lynda Clopp

Probate Research, Genealogist

Carol Damiani


Merritt Lay


Services for Heirs

AGHS specializes in locating missing heirs in national and international estate matters which hold significant positive assets.

AGHS does not send out mass mailings and is not a debt collector. The only reason you are contacted is if you have been located and identified as a link to an estate.

AGHS bears the full risk before a client receives the inheritance. The fee is contingent upon success and leaves you completely risk-free.

  • Identification of missing/unknown heirs to estate, guardianships, and trusts
  • Acquiring all documents to prove the heirship (including the translation of foreign documents)
  • No cost to heirs unless AGHS is successful in recovering assets
  • Advancing all fees and expenses
  • Preventing delays for the distribution of estate assets
  • Preparing reports, charts, documentation and Affidavits of Due Diligence for the courts
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For peace of mind, AGHS is a bonded corporation with an Errors & Omissions policy of two million dollars.

Services for Attorneys and Administrators

After many years of handling competitive cases and documenting the interests of thousands of heirs both nationally and internationally, AGHS offers great incentive to fiduciaries.

Leaving no heirs behind, AGHS completes a detailed genealogical search and ensures that each requirement is satisfied. Additionally, AGHS brings peace of mind to attorneys who can feel confident and at ease knowing they are delivering the appropriate share to the appropriate heir.

  • Research for missing heirs or legatees
  • Serving due diligence requirements
  • Adaptable fee structure: Contingency fee, Flat rate, Hourly (competitive pricing)
  • Creating comprehensible color-coded family trees and pedigree charts
  • Completing family history for estate cases with or without a Last Will
  • Expert Court Testimony
  • Foreign Research


Connie D.

“You ladies are the best. Changed my life tremendously with the work you do. Thank you all very much for doing what you do.”

John A.

“I am very appreciative of the work that your company does and how it helps people to receive what is rightfully theirs. I am especially appreciative of the kindness and professionalism that AGHS has displayed in this process.”

Denise T.

“Thanks to all of you for finding my family. Had it not been for you, we would not have known about our uncle.”

Wanda W.

“I would like to thank AGHS for their invaluable assistance and express my gratitude to all the individuals who have contributed to the swift and professional handling of the case.”

Reanna S.

“I decided to move forward with AGHS and see where this journey might take me. To say this experience was life changing would be an absolute understatement. Their staff and attorney were professional, dedicated, patient, and helpful at every single turn. I am a very tough person to please and am always skeptical. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that AGHS and their associates are both trustworthy and on the straight and narrow! My advice, go for it! It might be the best financial decision of your life.”

Michael L.

“American Global Heir Search, a company known to have extensive expertise in the area of genealogical research…” Trustee for Suit, Estate of Carol Lee, Deceased.

Jim J.

“I would like to express my appreciation for the hard work and incredible research done by AGHS. I speak for the entire W_Johnson family, this has opened up a new world for us.”

Debra D.

“I can assure you that I would recommend your company to my network of colleagues.”

George B.

“…thank you so very much for all you did for me…you did a perfect job…”

Jd Lund

“…all went well. Highly recommended.”

Contact Us


400 N. Tampa Street, Suite 950
Tampa, Florida 33602

Phone: +1 813 657 2447
Fax: +1 813 661 8135


American Global Heir Search Co., Genealogy, Tampa, FL