Since 2001, Deb Schwartz had been dreaming of a way to create an online family tree for which the navigation would be smooth and logical. In 2007, she woke up one crisp winter morning with an idea of a way to make it work.
Julius and Belle were Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews who immigrated from Poland to the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. They had eight children, all of whom married and had children of their own. The Moroch family had first established themselves on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and later in Brooklyn. For a generation, the majority of the family members resided within the same neighborhood (on the same block) in Brooklyn, thereby remaining both geographically and emotionally quite close.
Now, descendants of the Moroch family can be found in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, France, and Israel.
It can get confusing to keep track of where everyone is, what they are doing, and how they are actually all related. Ms. Schwartz, who fancies herself a writer and website designer, hopes that this online family tree will make such things a bit easier.