When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

GenFriends Genealogy Chat Show: Remembering Cousin Russ


The panel Melissa Barker, Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, and I share memories of and give thanks to Russ Worthington, "Cousin Russ", who passed away suddenly on 11 May 2022.

Watch as we share photos, stories, and the many ways he gave back to the genealogy community.  

Share your experiences with Cousin Russ.

We'd love to hear from you.

Links in this episode:

A Worthington Weblog


Dear Myrtle


Family Tree Maker User


Legacy Family Tree Webinars


Til we meet again, Cousin Russ!

Contact the panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogist in the Archives

Dan Earl-Family History Guy

Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories

Shelley Murphy-Family Tree Girl

Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

This Week On My Family History Calendar


May 17~
   Emily Elizabeth (Vaughn) Bradford (1797-1865), my paternal 4th great grandmother, died 157 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina, and may have been buried there in the Dargan cemetery. Many of the graves have been relocated, and at this time there is no record of her burial.

May 18~ 
  My maternal 4th great grandfather, Philip Roberts, III (1798-1852), was born in Kershaw County, South Carolina 224 years ago.  His parents were Philip Roberts II (1763-1854) and Sarah (Kirtley) Roberts (1765-1838).

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance!-Remembering Cousin Russ


 You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 
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down and add your story to the comments section, or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

This has been a hard week for the genealogy community.

We have lost a friend. Our Cousin Russ.

So, instead of a happy dance moment, I would like to take a moment and remember Russ Worthington.  

Having the privilege of knowing him and being the benefactor of his generosity and friendship is what I am honoring,

I first met Russ on Mondays with Myrt as I commented and answered questions during the show. Then I became a panelist for several study groups run by him and Pat Richley-Erickson (Dear Myrtle). 

I met Russ in person for the first time at RootsTech in 2015. I felt as though I was meeting a celebrity, and he treated me the same. I was honored that he knew who I was!

Over the years, Cousin Russ helped me with technology as I began my GenFriends Geneaology Chat Show. He encouraged me and even sent me a camera because the built-in one on my computer was not very good quality. What a surprise that was when it showed up in my mail! I knew I could ask him for help, and he was always willing to give it.

Russ Worthington was one of the good guys.

 Someone who could be counted on. 

Someone who will be sorely missed.  

Things in the genealogy community will never be quite the same without his loving, gentle care. 

Thank you, Russ, for being you. 

Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance this week is dedicated to your memory!

Share your memories and photos of Cousin Russ. 

What's your Happy Dance Moment?
 Please share, and let's celebrate Cousin Russ together!



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