[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Albert Muth - Obituary

jim Pekrul jpekrul at chartermi.net
Wed Jul 17 19:24:20 PDT 2013

Very sad news about Al. I met him in Dec 2000 at the FHC in Grand Rapids,
MI. He set me in the right direction the first night,  he had seen  my
surname in the films he was indexing. I sat next to him at the FHC every
Wednesday night looking at films for a number of years until he moved to
Detroit.  Just two weeks ago he answered a question about a Lithuania
surname that I was working on for my wife's line.  I was so inspired by him
to find my family roots that in 2007 my wife and I went to Poland to visit a
cousin that I had met on line. 

Jim Pekrul
Big Rapids, MI

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From: Ger-Poland-Volhynia [mailto:ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at sggee.org] On
Behalf Of Jerry Frank
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:44 PM
To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Albert Muth - Obituary

I was stunned when I came home from work to hear this news.  It is my sad
duty to report that Albert (Al) Muth passed away from pulmonary embolism
(blood clots) at his home, Sunday July 15.  A brief obituary can be found on
this site http://www.mccabefuneralhome.com/Publishsite/

Al was only 55 but he crammed a whole lot of genealogical research into
those few years.  I was first introduced to him in the mid 1990s when he did
some genealogical research for Wandering Volhynians magazine.  It was later
in the founding years of SGGEE that he became extremely active through his
extraction of literally hundreds of thousands of names from Russian Poland
Lutheran records.  SGGEE, its members, and those who have passed this way as
friends owe him a huge debt for helping us to do our research.  He did this
through his general extractions, through his historical and language
research and especially through personal messages in direct correspondence
with us.  He did not keep his research to himself but shared it with us and
many others around the world.  He seldom did the specific family research
for us but allowed us to make our own discoveries by pointing us to people,
places, and records.

As several people have already indicated in private messages I received, Al
is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.  Please join us in extending our
prayers and thoughts of condolences to his surviving family.

Jerry Frank
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Ger-Poland-Volhynia at sggee.org

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