Gidi Poraz in Haifa, Poraz uncovered documents in his efforts to find all the heirs to a Lodz building. Rami Shllush

The Art of Amateur Genealogy: Historical Detectives Dig Dirt-free Under Jewish Family Trees

Greater access to archival sources online is encouraging more people, both amateurs and pros, to seek solutions to previously uncrackable family mysteries

A decade ago, Gidi Poraz, an electrical engineer from Moshav Bitzron, learned that he was one of the heirs to a property in the Polish city of Lodz. “It’s a palace that my great-grandfather built, located on...

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