Russ Gunther KT CH
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Russ Gunther KT CH

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Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Österreich (Austria)


Iowa
Arizona - Ditat Deus
Russ Gunther KT CH has German Roots.
Russ Gunther KT CH has Polish Roots.

Template:British Roots Sticker Template:Belgian Roots Sticker



1776 Liberty Bell
Descendant of Nathaniel Luttrell, Virginia Malitia, Continental Army soldier, American Revolution.
1776 Liberty Bell
Descendant of William Dye, Halifax County Malitia, Virginia Malitia, Continental Army soldier, American Revolution.
Union and Confederate Service badge
Descendant of William Paskel Hendrick, Union soldier, Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry: 13th Regiment Company G, U.S. Civil War.
World War II Victory Medal
Descendant of Walter "Sonny" Gunther, Jr, aviator, U.S. Navy, World War II.
Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)
Descendant of Ronald E. Gunther, sailor, U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 19 (VP-19), Vietnam War.


Contents

Biography

WikiTree.com WikiTree Ambassador &
Project Coordinator:
Volga German Project, Arizona Project, Arizona Cemeteries Project, & Kansas Project

Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2023 Fall Source-a-Thon, adding sources to some previously unsourced profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2023 Spring Connect-a-Thon.
WikiTree Day
WikiTree Day Attendee: 2022 & WikiTree Symposium 2022
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2022 Winter Connect-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2021 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to some previously unsourced profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2021 Connect-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2021 Clean-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2020 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to some previously unsourced profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2020 Scan-a-Thon, scanning and uploading some items to profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to some previously unsourced profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH is participating with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with SouthWest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to some previously unsourced profiles.
Russ Gunther KT CH participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2017 Clean-a-Thon.

SouthWest_Sunshiners Team Captain for annual Scan-a-Thon, Spring Clean-a-Thon, Summer Connect-a-Thon, & Fall Source-a-Thon weekends.



American Historical Society of Germans From Russia International (AHSGR), Board of Directors, Life Member

AHSGR WikiTree.com Family Tree project: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:AHSGR


Arizona Sun Chapter of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia International (AHSGR), re-charter member


Find A Grave volunteer contributor since 2014: profile

Facebook profile

LinkedIn" professional profile


Russ represented the United States Olympic Committee as delegate at the Summer Olympic Games of the XXIVth Olympiad OYC, Seoul, Korea

✟ Parishioner at St Mary's Roman Catholic Basilica, parish served by the Franciscan Friars (of the Province of Santa Barbara), Phoenix, Arizona

✟ Baptism: Our Lady of Peace Church, Santa Clara, California, December 3
✟ First Communion: Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
✟ Confirmation: Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, November 6



Professional:

LinkedIn professional profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russguntherusa/
B2B Virtual Payments Sr Consultant, Major global U.S.-based bank - Commercial Card Supplier Experience / Treasury (2020 - present)
Arizona Diamondbacks, 50/50 Charity Raffle Staff for Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation supporting youth programs including Arizona's Little League uniforms for youth & coaches

(volunteer: 2007-2017, staff: 2018-present)

Formerly:
  • Community Volunteers officer, vice president, & Phoenix campus lead
  • Pride Employee Network community outreach chair
  • Military Support Affinity Group member
✯ 2012 Global Diversity & Inclusion Award presented by Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan



Volunteer:

U.S. Marshals Posse, District of Arizona

✯ Posse Vice President, Executive Committee, & Board of Directors member (former Secretary)
✯ U.S. Marshals Mounted Posse rider:
Veterans Day Parade, Parada del Sol Parade, Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade
✯ AzLEOs Shop with a Cop / Teen Shop with a Cop volunteer
✯ Charity Golf Tournament volunteer, The Biltmore Resort, Phoenix, Arizona
✯ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arizona
✯ National Night Out
✯ Arizona Peace Officer Memorial Service
U.S. Marshals of Arizona history project researcher

Knights of Columbus, Arizona, legacy of Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant and Past Arizona State Deputy William R. Wasinger

✟ Arizona Rosary Celebration
✟ Arizona for Life March & Rally

Knight Templar, ‡Cross of Honor (CH)
former Executive Officer (XO), Adj Executive Officer, Captain
Supreme Military Britannic Holy Order of the Knights Templar of the United States ☩☩☩ nnDnn ☩☩☩


Arizona Diamondbacks FoundationScottsdale Arabian Horse Show benefiting valley charities ✯ AZ Ferret Rescue ✯ Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL & SPCA)St. Mary's Food Bank Allianceone•n•ten YouthAunt Rita's Foundation/Phoenix AIDS Walk & RunValley of the Sun United WayPhoenix ZooUMOM New Day CentersSalvation ArmyFeed My Starving ChildrenArizona Coyotes FoundationToys for TotsChildren 1st Academies (formerly Pappas Schools) ✯ Habitat for HumanitySt. Vincent de PaulProject C.U.R.E.Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Financial Literacy Advocacy Group (FLAG)

Founding chapter "A" (president) of the Arizona Valley Alumni Chapter, Delta Chi International Fraternity (currently "B", vice president)
Arizona State Chapter at Arizona State University, former colony "BB" (advisor)
Northwestern Chapter at Northwestern University, former colony & chapter "BB" (advisor)

Iowa State Chapter at Iowa State University, former chapter "A" (president) and "C" (secretary), and Region V vice regent

Member of the Alpha Kappa Psi - Professional Business Fraternity, Delta Omega Chapter at Iowa State University, former chapter president and chaplain


The President's Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, administered by Points of Light, certificate with letter from the President of the United States


Former lifeguard & SKIPPERS swim instructor for YMCA


education

Joyce Kilmer School, Buffalo Grove, IL: K-2nd
Louisa May Alcott School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 3rd-6th
James Fenimore Cooper Jr. High School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 7th-8th
Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 9th-12th

National Honor Society (NHS)
President's Award for Educational Excellence from President of the United States Ronald W. Reagan

Attended Iowa State University, Ivy College of Business
Lived in Bregenz, Austria and traveled throughout western Europe during a study abroad semester with Murray State University / Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS).
field of study: Business Management program for BBA, German Minor

Collegiate Activities and Societies:
Delta Chi International Fraternity (president, secretary) • Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity (president, chaplain) • Government of the Student Body (Director of Human Relations) • Student Health Advisory Committee (chairman, treasurer) • All-University Health Committee (student representative) • American Production & Inventory Control Society - APICS (student chapter founder) • American College Health Assoc. (regional representative) • Pre-Medical Club (vice president)


Regional Explorer Representative, North Central Region of Boy Scouts of America, member of National Explorer Cabinet, and voting youth representative on the North Central Region Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America. (Program now known as "Exploring")

United States Delegate to the Summer Olympic Games of the XXIVth Olympiad OYC, Seoul, Korea for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Iowa Straw Poll Caucus secretary & Republican Central Committee Member, Story County, Iowa
State of Iowa Republican Caucus delegate
State of Arizona delegate alternate to the Republican National Convention 2004 New York, NY

Outstanding Young Men of America Award (OYMA).

1215 Magna Carta Surety Baron Grandfathers

Robert de Vere (aft.1164-bef.1221) ancestor
Saher (Quincy) de Quincy (abt.1165-1219) ancestor
Henry (Bohun) de Bohun (abt.1175-1220) ancestor


Notable Great-Grandparents: (under construction)

Philippe (Philip III) "The Hardi, the Bold, King of France (-) ~22nd great-grandfather
Saint Louis, King Louis IX of France (1214-1270) ~23rd great-grandfather
Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford, one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta (1164-1221)
Saher de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester & one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta, great-grandfather (c1155-1219) ~ 23rd great-grandfather
Sir John de Neville KG, 3rd Lord Neville of Raby & Knight of the Garter (c1340-1388) ~18th great-grandfather
John Clavering FitzRobert, Lord of Warkworth Castle, Northumberland & one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta (1191-1241) ~23rd great-grandfather
Sir Enguerrand (Fiennes) de Fiennes KB, Knight Companion, Order of the Bath (abt.1192-1267) ~24th great-grandfather

family origins (under construction)

Maternal:

Obermonjou, Volga > Höchst, Hanau, Hessen - Dechant (b 1730), Maier
Wittmann, Volga - Koenig, Leidermann
Obermonjou, Volga > Wehrheim, Hessen - Leiker (orig. Leicker) (b 1687)
Obermonjou, Volga - Kuntz
Obermonjou, Volga - Fischer
Obermonjou, Volga > France - Viedu
Schönchen>Graf, Volga > Orth Mayetz, Saarland - Wasinger (b 1704)
Quierschied, Saarland - Schledohr
Saarland > Holziken, Switzerland - Leonhard
Graf, Volga > Eger, Bayern - Klephahn
Bietigheim, Baden-Württemberg - Goering
Wittmann, Volga > Eichenbühl, Archbishopric of Mainz [modern day Bayern] - Liepfried (b ca.1750), Sommer
Busendorf -
Graf, Volga > Saargemünd [Lothringen now Sarreguemines France] - Bach
Graf, Volga > Köln - Deis
Rohleder, Volga > Bamberg, Bayern - Rohleder
Rohleder, Volga > Allfeld, Baden-Würtemburg - Paul, Auerbach, Sprigers
Schönchen, Volga > Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt - Herklotz
Luzern, Volga > Bad Orb, Hessen - Bauer
Schönchen, Volga - Mertz
Antwerp, Belgium - Hendrickx, Van Alcken, Smans, Cloots, Langmans, Van der Borgt
Avers, France - Baetens, Gysels
Netherlands - Fuller

Paternal:

Mühlbach / Bruchmühlbach, Kreis Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz - Günther
Kindsbach, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz - Günther
Bann, Pfalz, Bayern > Knopp, Pfalz, Bayern > Kusel, Pfalz, Bayern - Fellentzer/Veldentz
Käshofen, Pfalz - Oster
Pfalz - Wieshaar
Kaiserslautern, Wolfstein, Rheinland-Pfalz - Wiederrecht
LandstuhlPfalz, Bayern - Rosinus
LandstuhlPfalz, Bayern > Martinshöhe, Kaiserslautern, Pfalz - Rupert/Rupertus
Prussia - Kosecki/Kosecka
Prussia - Piski
Prussia - Hahn
Prussia - Trapp
Prussia - Behlke
Groß Dübsow, Stolp, Pommern, Prussia - Kepschull
Franklin,Kentucky>Virginia > England - Hendrick
South Carolina>Ireland? - Copeland
Kentucky - Massey
Tennessee - Kistner
Kentucky - Eden
Kentucky>North Carolina>Virginia > England - Dye
Virginia - Sisson
Virginia > Westminster, England - Hopkins
Crondall, Hampshire, England > Sherborne, Dorset, England - Fauntleroy
...
Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England > - Thornhill
Headley, Hampshire, England > Kirkham, Lancashire, England - Wilkinson
Tavistock, Devon, England - Hawkins
...
Sherford, Devonshire, England - de Courtenay
Tankardstown, County Meath, Ireland - Luttrell (b ca.1650)


Notable Cousins: (under construction)

George Washington - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
John Adams - 17th cousin, 5 times removed
Thomas Jefferson - 12th cousin, 7 times removed
James Madison - 14th cousin, 7 times removed
James Monroe - 19th cousin, 4 times removed
John Quincy Adams - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
William Henry Harrison - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
John Tyler - 14th cousin, 5 times removed
James K. Polk - 14th cousin, 4 times removed
Zachary Taylor - 15th cousin, 4 times removed
Millard Fillmore -16th cousin, 3 times removed
Franklin Pierce - 15th cousin, 3 times removed
James Buchanan - 15th cousin, 7 times removed
Abraham Lincoln - 14th cousin, 3 times removed
Andrew Johnson - 19th cousin, once removed
Ulysses S. Grant - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
Rutherford B. Hayes - 18th cousin, twice removed
James A. Garfield - 15th cousin, 3 times removed
Chester A. Arthur -13th cousin, 4 times removed
Grover Cleveland - 16th cousin, 3 times removed
Benjamin Harrison - 15th cousin, 4 times removed
Theodore Roosevelt - 17th cousin, twice removed
William H. Taft - 17th cousin, twice removed
Warren G. Harding - 17th cousin, once removed
Calvin Coolidge - 18th cousin, once removed
Herbert Hoover - 18th cousin, once removed
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 14th cousin, 4 times removed
Harry S. Truman - 18th cousin, once removed
John F. Kennedy - 20th cousin, once removed
Lyndon B. Johnson - 19th cousin, once removed
Richard M. Nixon - 18th cousin, once removed
Gerald R. Ford - 17th cousin, once removed
Jimmy Carter - 17th cousin, twice removed
Ronald W. Reagan - 18th cousin
George H.W. Bush - 19th cousin
William J. Clinton - 24th cousin
George W. Bush - 19th cousin, once removed

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Windsor, Queen of all the Commonwealth Realms - 15th cousin, once removed
Sir Edward Coke MP SL PC (1552 - 1634) Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench - 15th cousin, 11x removed
Winston Churchill KG OM CH - 14th cousin, twice removed
Napoléon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France - 17th cousin, 9 times removed

US Senator Rand Paul MD - 24th cousin, once removed

"Mark Twain" Samuel L. Clemens - 17th cousin, once removed
Samuel Morse - 16th cousin, 8 times removed
John Wayne - 23rd cousin, once removed
Elvis Presley - 19th cousin
Louisa May Alcott - 14th cousin, twice removed
Amelia Earhart - 25th cousin, once removed
Johnny Cash - 20th cousin, 3x removed
Anne Hathaway - 20th cousin, twice removed


Family Tree Timeline: https://time.graphics/line/27487


WikiTree family & friends:

Gene Baker Dechant cousin, USAF veteran
Kathy Baker Dechant cousin
Lisa (Dechant) Yancey Dechant cousin
Peter Geier Dechant descendant in Germany
Debbie Lein Dechant cousin
David Dechant Dechant cousin
Norma Pipkin, Dechant & Wasinger cousin
Agus Wasinger Wasinger cousin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mary Kearns Wasinger cousin
Pam Kreutzer Wasinger cousin
Sandra Diehl Wasinger cousin
Jennifer Anderson Wasinger cousin
Rubén Santiago Wasinger Wasinger cousin
Cara Lynn Foster, Wasinger cousin
Steve Herman Leiker cousin
Michael Leiker Leiker cousin
Amanda Leiker Leiker cousin
Milton Klaus, Leiker cousin
Bob Jagers *Hendrickx cousin, deceased
Tami Jackson *Hendrickx cousin
Michelle Ferguson-Tirpak Behlke cousin
Laurel (Widerski) Smirl 10 degrees connection via Gunther<Hahn<Behlke<Hoss
Glee Van Osdol-Krapf cousin (Luttrell family)
Eva Martin cousin (Luttrell family)
Barry Fleig Chicago & Cook County cemetery historian
Warren Canady KT US Navy veteran
Dame Bonni Bluh KT *deceased
Dame Nancy Major KT CH *deceased
James Stratman - 25th cousin & California Cemeteries Project coord?, researched Knights Templar Grand Masters
Julie Mangano Volga German descendant
Kirsty Ward - Gedcom files transfer pro

resource pages:

veterans profile recognition

Occupations & religion stickers: Space:Religion_Images

Space:Supreme_Military_Britannic_Holy_Order_of_the_Knights_Templar_of_the_United_States


Sources

  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLV5-82V : 27 November 2014), Russell J Gunther, 21 Nov 1967; citing Santa Clara, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • Republican National Convention: State's Delegate Roster Representing Arizona in New York, The Arizona Republic, Sunday 29 August 2004, pA17: "Russ Gunther, Tempe." <https://www.newspapers.com/clip/69047313/>
  • First-hand information. Entered by Russell Gunther



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Hi Russ,

I would like to join the Volga German project. How do I go about making that official? Thanks, Brad

posted by Brad Geist
Russ, a chara,

In December I sent Trusted List requests for Varadkar-1 and Varadkar-2. I have resent these requests today, please respond.

Thanks, Feargal.

posted by Feargal Hennigan
Hello Cousin, the US Civil War Project is conducting a Check-in for 2024 to see if your still interested/active in the Project.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you. You can click the reply button or message me with your answer. Thank you. Pam Kreutzer, leader of the US Civil War Project

posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hello Cousin!

Yes thanks, I'm still interested!

Russ Gunther

posted by Russ Gunther KT CH
Glad to hear from you and your staying in the project.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Russ,

We're doing a little Category housekeeping, and cleaning off the 1776 Project level. Would you please help with the following change in your biography?

Change

Category:1776 Project

to

Category:1776 Project Members

Thanks a bunch! Betty

posted by Betty (Skelton) Norman
Dear Germany Project member,

it's annual check-in time 2023. If you still wish to remain a member of the Germany Project, please reply to this post, by stating this intention. If we don’t hear from you in the next 30 days, your membership badge will be removed. In this case please don't be offended ... you're welcome to rejoin at any time. Please also note, that in order to receive help, with researching your German ancestors, membership is not mandatory. Just ask your questions in the G2G forum and tag them with Germany in order for knowledgeable people to see them.

If you wish to remain a member, we would like to learn more about your perception of the Germany Project in order to achieve a future development according to our members needs and wishes. For this, we created a survey, which we kindly ask you to fill-in.

In case you want to communicate, discuss and receive help about WikiTree in German, you might want to check out the WikiTree category at Compgen’s Discourse as well as the German Discord server Ahnenforschung.

Of course there’s still the official WikiTree Discord server, where we usually talk English. Feel free to learn more about Discord and the server at Help:Discord.

Kind regards from Black Forest

Flo (Project Coordinator Research/Resources)
posted by Florian Straub
Thanks for your private message and for working on the Volga German project
posted by Florian Straub
Hi Again Russ--

I sent you a check-in message two weeks ago about the Great War Project July check in (subproject of Military and War Project). The message asked you about your continued involvement, I have not yet heard back from you. Do you still want to be in the Great War project? If I do not hear from you by the same time next week, I will assume that you've moved on to other things. You are most welcome to re-join the project at any time.by answering the g2g posting Here.

Best wishes,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Russ,

It is time for a July 2022 check in for the Great War Project. I am sending this message on the behalf of the leader of the Military and War Project. Have you been active in the Great War project in the last six months?

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the Military and War Project that you respond to these check-ins. To make bookkeeping easier, just click Reply to this message on your own page, add your reply, then SAVE or post reply. I look forward to hearing from you..

Thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Military and War Project

posted by Mary Richardson
I’ve not heard back from you regarding the https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:1776 check-in. The 1776 Project will remove your badge. We appreciate all of the contributions you have made.

Please remember at any time you are most welcome to reapply for membership on g2g by answering the post with an Answer Here.

Mary~ Project Coordinator, 1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hello Russ,

We wrote to you about the check-in for Profile Improvement Project (PIP) a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to continue in Biography Team Level 1 where we have placed you? That's the Team that works on improving profiles from both your own watchlist and projects you are involved with to Level 1 of the PIP Profile Standards.

If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time. We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Hi Russ

I sent you a check-in message ten days ago about the 1776 Project to ask you about your past and continued involvement but have not yet heard back from you. Do you still want to be in the project?

If I don’t hear from you by the same time next week I’ll assume that you’ve moved on to other things but you’re most welcome to re-join the project at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, 1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Dear Russ,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. Please review the following and let us know if you are content where we have placed you or would like to be more involved.

We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1, working on profiles from your own watchlist, from projects in which you are involved, and whatever else you find. Biography Teams Levels 2 and 3 will work on designated profiles for notables (Level 3) and everyday people (Level 2). Please let us know if you would like to help with a higher-level Bio Team or one of the other Teams.

You joined the Project before the Voyage started in late 2018. We would like to invite you to consider a "fast track" Voyage, especially if you would like to work at a higher level on the Biography Team. If you’re interested, choose a profile from your own watchlist for the 19th or 20th century, that you have completed to the best of your ability and compare it to the Voyage Biography Standards. If your profile is at Level 2 or better, include a link to the profile in your response to this check-in for a “fast track” review.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. If you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Robin (Dodge) Shaules
Greetings from the https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:1776

We're doing our semi-annual check-in with members to see if you have been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the 1776 Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Please post your reply as a reply to this message here on your page, for convenience of our record keeping.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Richardson ~ Project Coordinator,1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Russ,

It’s time for our annual Ireland Project check-in! Please respond within the next two weeks to let me know:

  • If you are happy with the team you’re on or if you’d like to make a change. It is now required that all members with an Ireland project badge work on at least one of the project’s team(s), so if you’ve not yet signed up please do so in your reply to this check-in.
  • What you think the project is doing well, and what (if any) changes you would like to see us make? Are there any teams you would like to become more active in?
  • Would you be interested in helping to work on an Ireland Project newsletter?
  • Please give us some feedback on the use of google group and discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way for us to ensure you receive project communications? If you would like to join us on either one, just let us know in your response and we will get you signed up.

Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within two weeks, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the Ireland Project, and your badge will be removed. If you wish to reapply for membership later, we will be happy to have you back. Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Jen Hutton, on behalf of the Ireland Project

posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton
Hi Russ I hope you consider this: here's a link to a US Civil War Project Challenge you might be interested in: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1392544/us-civil-war-between-the-states-project-april-2022-challenge
posted by Pam Kreutzer
I created a profile for US Navy Commander Alexander Gordon.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gordon-17242

Would it be appropriate to use this template on his profile?
Roll of Honor
Russ Gunther KT CH was † Died in Military Service † .
posted by Warren Kuntz
Hi Cousin, I just wanted to thank you for all the work you've done to improve the US Civil War Between the States Project. I'm doing a check-in with all project members and wanted to verify that you're still interested in being a member of the project. Also, any suggestions for the Project would be welcome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

P Kreutzer, US Civil War Between the States Project Leader.

posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hello,

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

If we don't hear back from you we will assume that you no longer wish to participate in the project and if so, you could rejoin at any time as is convenient for you.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
edited by SJ Baty
Hi Russ,

I am adding a Roll Of Honor Sticker to Russell Wilfred Demarais as well as a Veteran Recognition Sticker. He is a distant relative of my mother's side, who survived the Sinking of the USS Langley (CV-1/AV-3) but it is currently unknown as to whether he survived the sinking of the USS Pecos (AO-6) the oiler that picked him up from the Langley. He is listed on the Navy Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. He was officially declared deceased by the Navy 31 Dec 1945. My question is this: Should I list his ROH sticker as Killed In Action; Missing in Action; or have two separate ROH stickers?

posted by David Owens
Hi David,

Thanks for using the recognition stickers for our great veterans! Since he was declared deceased, I would list the ROH sticker as KIA and note "Originally MIA, and officially declared deceased by the US Navy 31 Dec 1945"

Thank you!

posted by Russ Gunther KT CH
Hi Russ

The United Kingdom Project has not been active since 2018 and we are now completely closing it down. We are removing all UK project badges. If you still have an interest in the UK and have not already joined another project, then you will need to join the England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales Project by answering one or more of their G2G posts. If your interest is in the British Isles and British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, then please contact me directly.

Regards Joan

Hi, I am a member of the Volga German Project and am adding all the names from the book Conquering the Wind. and am now working on Major Otto Friedrich von Monjou. I did not find him in wikitree so now he has a profile started Von_Monjou-1 I think he is notable? and wondered if I could add him to the Category: Obermonjou thank you Carole
posted by Carole Taylor
Hi Carole,

Yes the category for Obermonjou sounds appropriate., and I would include in his profile that the Colony (also Nieder-Monjou) was named in his honor.

Thank you Carole!

posted by Russ Gunther KT CH
Hi, Russ

The Ambassadors project has been reorganizing and is looking for those who have a membership at a genealogical society, to help in spreading the word about WikiTree.

We're working on ways to improve how WikiTree connects and interacts with genealogical and local history societies. This is the kind of thing we want to do:

  • Liaise with societies: set up your local society with a free-space page and some WikiTree materials as part of a package.
  • Use social media to promote what societies are offering on WikiTree.
  • Encourage bloggers to blog about societies and the resources available to them on WikiTree.

Are you interested in participating in some way? Do you have some ideas to share?

Azure Rae ~ co-Leader of Ambassadors Project

posted by Azure Robinson
Hi, Russ, I've noticed that you've been putting the stickers for Volga German above the Biography line, but these stickers must go under the Biography heading according to Wiki guidelines. Items like Unsourced and categories go above the Biography. Thank you for putting in the various colonies categories. Pam
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hello, Russ!

Thanks for your participation during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us for the Source-a-thon this fall.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi there, Russ!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 100!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Russ,

I noticed that you were currently following the CEMETERIES tag, but were not yet a member of the Cemeteries Global Cemeteries Project.If you are interested in more details about the project, or are just ready to sign up, please head on over to our G2G Welcome Post for more information.

I look forward to seeing you around the tree!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi,

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi! I was checking on people profiles in Category:Magna Carta Project - the only modern profiles in the category should be project members. Could you remove that category from your profile? The project has several tailored Descendant stickers you could use... for example, the following, from Space:Magna Carta Stickers:
Magna Carta Project logo
Descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons.

Give me a holler if you have any questions. For more information about joining the project, see https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/829631/magna-carta-project-badged-affiliate-memberships-available

Thanks!

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Thank you Russ. The Germany team was definetly needed. Does this mean you would like to join the team? :)
posted by Kylie Haese
Hi cousin, just a heads up, I made a profile that people may try to connect to Johann Carl Dechant and Katharina Elizabeth Leiker, on ancestry they have the wife of Sylvester Herklotz: Rosa Dechant connected to them as their daughter. Some helpful person may just think you have the wrong Rosa connected.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi Russ, just wanted to introduce myself as a new Kansas project worker. I can help with Jackson county and Sherman co. I am still getting used to the site. I have several lines in Jackson co and 2-3 in Sherman and grew up there.
posted by [Living Ford]
"Finally we take this moment to wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, May you all stay well and we encourage you to please take a moment to remember all of our family members who have gone before us." Dec 23, 2017 in The Tree House by Russ Gunther

Just found this post. Thank You Russ. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-night.

posted by Kenneth Shelton
Russ,

I sent you an email concerning Volga German research advice. I'm posting comment here so you know to look for it (darn spam filters) thank you, Sarah

posted by Sarah Mason
Hello Russ,

I am just wondering how you get the little flag on your profile that says: Russ Gunther has German ancestry. I see things on a lot of peoples profiles, but I just haven't figured out how to add things like that. Can you please explain? Thank you, -Noah

posted by Noah Doolan

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