Eli Ari Applebaum was born in Poland. Jay Houpt, his great-great-great-grandson, compiled his family tree on a simple spreadsheet.

Contained within the spreadsheet is a tree that includes almost 500 of Applebaum’s descendants and a smorgasbord of family names. Every year brings new names to the familial stew.

Applebaum’s descendants live all over the world – from Poland, to Canada, Israel and the U.S. But there’s no doubt that the publication of these names will produce a slew of corrections – more names and more places will be added to the list.

Do the names of our predecessors matter? What about their stories?

Read the entire story that was first printed in the Canadian Jewish News (CJN)

Author: Susan Van Der Hout

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