Rest in Peace, My Friend – “Cousin Russ” Worthington (1943-2022)

 The family tree neighborhood was shocked and saddened on Could eleventh when the information got here on Fb that our buddy and colleague Russ Worthington had handed away, maybe from a coronary heart assault.  I’ve recognized Russ for about 14 years and loved his presence, his knowledge, his thoughtfulness, and his work.  He was a sort, good and delicate man.  Russ was a Coast Guard and Vietnam veteran, and was excellent – and methodical and exact – working with computer systems, family tree and software program.  Based on FamilySearch Household Tree, Russ was my tenth cousin with Bridget (Scudder?) (Verry) Giles (c1600-1680) our frequent ancestor – really my cousin, Russ!

I posted this on Fb on Could 11:

I’m so unhappy to listen to of the passing of my expensive buddy and colleague Russ Worthington in the present day. What a shock. Russ was a wonderful, meticulous, educated and sensible genealogist. Extra importantly, he was a advantageous buddy, and instructor, and Zoom host. We roamed throughout downtown Salt Lake Metropolis throughout RootsTech and I at all times loved his firm. Cousin Russ will at all times be remembered by all who participated in Mondays With Myrt and attended conferences and seminars. Russ was selfless – he was at all times prepared to assist somebody – he helped me with New Jersey analysis and cemetery photographs and tried mightily to unravel my Knapp brick wall. Russ was one in all a sort, and I’m proud to have know him for over 12 years. The picture under is with Pat Richley-Erickson as a result of it is becoming, and since I am at all times taking photographs and resisting being in them. Relaxation in peace, Russ. I ship Linda and my condolences and like to Patti Applebey-Worthington and household.”

I discovered that I did not have many photographs of me with Russ, so my Fb pals helped out: 

(courtesy of Jill Ball)

The RootsTech convention was the place we met up for nearly yearly since 2012 (I missed 2019) and it was the very best of occasions – the Expo Corridor, the Keynote talks, the MyHeritage events, the FamilySearch dinners, the DearMYRTLE after-parties.  Right here is a photograph of Russ, me, Pat and Gordon Erickson:

(courtesy of J. Paul Hawthorne, 2012)

Russ’s Household Tree Maker weblog is at  There’s a wealth of fabric right here – textual content and how-to movies for customers of Household Tree Maker.

Russ’s YouTube channel is at  There’s a wealth of Household Tree Maker and normal family tree movies on this channel.

Russ was the co-host for Pat Richley-Erickson’s webinars, research teams, hangouts and Zoom conferences over the previous 12 years.  Pat’s YouTube channel has lots of of movies chronicling their work collectively – see

The household wrote an obituary for Henry Russell “Cousin Russ” Worthington III at

Relaxation in Peace, my buddy.  The Genea-Bloggers and family tree neighborhood will always remember you.


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