The Romanian Institute of Genealogy and Heraldry in Iasi was founded in May 1996 when participants at the XXIII Congress of Genealogy and Heraldry have been the first General Assembly, choosing a President and a Chancellor.

Two years later, in May 1998 during the XXIII Congress, the General Assembly adopted the Constitution and appointed the members of the Scientific Steering Committee. On January 13, 1999, a decision of the Court of Iasi has granted legal personality, under the Act of 1924. In September 2002, the Congress of Dublin, the Institute became a member of the International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry.

The company adopted the name of Sever Zotta, one of the most famous Romanian genealogists, genealogical studies enthusiastic promoter and founder of the journal Archives Genealogy (Iasi, 1912-1913). Born in 1874 in Bukovina Austrian Sever Ritter von Zotta was Director of State Archives in Iasi and a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy and died in 1943 in a Soviet concentration camp.

The management of the Institute of Sever Zotta is provided by a Steering Committee, whose current membership was established in 2003: Mr. Mihai Sturdza Sun, President and Mr. Stefan S. Gorovei, Chancellor, Mr. Mircea Ciubotaru, Treasurer Maria Magdalena and M. Szekely. Mihai Ungureanu-Rszvan Zaharinc and Petronella, members. In 2005, Mr. Neagu Djuvara was proclaimed Patron of the Institute.



The second largest city of Romania, Iasi (or Jassy) - capital of the former Principality of Moldavia from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth - enjoys a beautiful position, justifying its seven hills comparison with Rome (quasi Nova Roma). Once the geographic center of the Principality, it is now a "border town", 17 km distance from the Prut River, which forms the border between Romania and Moldova.

Severely wounded during the Second World War by brutal bombing, the city of Iasi had to endure in the years from 50 to 60 of the twentieth century, other injuries, no less painful: the name of "class struggle" it has eliminated most of the houses that belonged to aristocratic families and bourgeois.

Today, Iasi find, little by little, its traditional place, trying to accommodate the trends of contemporary life to the good sense and good taste inherited from his aristocratic traditions.