This article is an abridged and updated version of â€œThe History of LoebTree.Comâ€ by Daniel E. Loeb, which appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of The Stammbaum. The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is grateful to The Leo Baeck Institute and The Stammbaumâ€™s editor Werner L. Frank for the permission to reuse this material.
Wherever we travel, we play Jewish Geography and find kinship with Jews around the world. The flourishing study of Jewish Genealogy takes this form of Jewish networking to the logical extreme. We present here a brief overview of LoebTree.com which is one of the larger family trees available on the Web. It has over 28,000 names listed in it, mostly descendants of one of the ancestors of my wife Helen and myself, including several branches purportedly going back to biblical times. In this article, I will discuss the origins of my family tree and describe how it has grown over the years. I will highlight some of the better known people listed in the family tree, and describe some interesting stories about how the family tree has helped people find long lost relatives. for more click here