Moritz Research Blog

The Moritz Research Blog provides tips and insights on genealogy research. Recent posts are included below.

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November 22, 2020

When I started my genealogical adventures, all I knew about my grandfather's father's origins was that he was "from Kiev." I had no idea whether he was from the city of Kiev or a nearby shtetl. I also was working with a remarkably common name: Louis Levine. Was the surname originally Levine? Did it change from something else? We did not know. . . . Continue

August 28, 2020

In last week's installment, I wrote about my research into the whereabouts of two cousins that my grandmother remembered sledding with in Vienna when she was about four years old. All she remembered about these brothers was that they were called Pauli and Karli, and to the best of her knowledge, they had died in the Holocaust. I described how I was eventually able to identify these two brothers as Paul and Karl Teichner, sons of my great-grandmother's sister who had perished in the Holocaust. Through a Viennese probate record from 1967 for my grandmother's uncle, I learned that Paul and Karl did not in fact die in the Holocaust, but instead were still living, in Europe, unbeknownst to my grandmother. This second part of the Teichner story addresses how I was able to locate what happened to Paul and Karl, both during the war and after the war, through the archives of three new countries. . . . Continue

August 20, 2020

After my grandmother died, I was able to find through genealogical research what she never knew: she had two first cousins who, completely unbeknownst to her, survived the war and lived out their lives in Europe. . . . Continue

August 18, 2020

Germany is one of the easiest countries for researching Jewish ancestors because the country's records have been so well-maintained. For Jews living in the largest cities of Germany (Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, for example), civil records have been indexed and are largely available on sites including Other parts of Germany, though, are not so straightforward. One example is the town where I have ancestors from, called Bad Schwalbach. . . . Continue

August 17, 2020

Very frequently, people ask questions about how to find the ship records of their ancestors that came to the United States. Below are five general pointers that I find particularly useful to those that are struggling with finding that elusive ancestor's ship record. The below examples relate to Jewish immigrants but apply equally to those of other backgrounds. . . . Continue