The CAGenWeb Project

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of The US GenWeb

The Memorials below were all written by Richard S Wilson, former CAGW State Coordinator
Some of the original links did not work at the time of this revision, they have been deleted or updated as necessary. 

Chuck Knuthson

June 21, 1946 - Feb 27, 2008

I have had the pleasure of working with Chuck over many years giving National, Regional, and Local Genealogy Conferences and Family History Fairs. Chuck served as the county coordinator of Sierra County, California, from 2000 to 2008.

Chuck was a member of many genealogical organizations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the California State Genealogical Alliance(CSGA). I also belonged to these societies and any time I was at a meeting when Chuck was there, he always brought a smile and joy to the meetings.

Richard S Wilson
State Coordinator for the California USGenWeb Project
From 1996 to 2008.

Chuck passed away at his home in Roseville on February 27, 2008, after a courageous three-year battle with colon cancer. He was born in Chico, California, to Alvin and Eileen Knuthson. Chuck was raised in Paradise, California, and in 1969 moved to Roseville, California.

Chuck is survived by his loving soulmate and wife Paula; his five children, Cynthia (Wayne) Christensen, Jennifer (Jeff) Harris, Todd (Amina) Knuthson, Jeremy Knuthson, and Bethany Knuthson; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild-to-be and the mother of his children, Merle Thompson. Chuck is also survived by his brothers Richard (Brenda) Knuthson, Patrick (Connie) Knuthson and his sister Patrice (Bruce) Snyde; in-laws George and Joan Linsley, sister-in-law Valorie Linsley and many nephews and nieces.

Chuck served in the U.S. Army for four years and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was specially trained in Morse Code Interception. Chuck was instrumental in the development and implementation of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento. Chuck served with the Roseville Police Department with distinction for over 29 years. His first day as a police officer in 1973, was the day the bombs exploded in the Roseville rail yards. After 20 years as a Roseville Police Captain he retired in 2002. Chuck earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and also was a Command College graduate.

Chuck enjoyed being a Roseville and District 54 Little League umpire for many years. He also was a member of the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club. Chuck enjoyed fishing and camping with his family.

Chuck's true passion was genealogy and he was a renowned speaker both locally, regionally and nationally. For the past 14 years Chuck instructed genealogy classes at Sierra and American River colleges. Chuck was an active member of many local, state, and national genealogical and professional organizations. He served seven years as president of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and was currently vice president of the national organization Federation of Genealogy Societies. Chuck volunteered weekly at the Sacramento LDS Family History Center. His favorite pastime was researching in libraries and visiting cemeteries.

Jeff Donald Murphy

1947 - 2001

Jeff Donald Murphy, of Redmond, Oregon, was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, son of Powell Davis Murphy and Marjorie (Morrison) Murphy. Jeff was the founder of the following:

The KYGenWeb Project
The USGenWeb Project
US Biographies,
and co-founder of KY Biography Project

I had the pleasure of communicating with Jeff and all the State coordinators on the GenWeb Mail List. Everyone said how can we get 50 state coordinators, let alone the over 3,000 coordinators to cover every county in the US. Luckily we were all genealogists, we know what could be done if we could get the message out to all the genealogists out there. In 1996 it seemed bleak - but as I look back today, we all knew what we were doing.

I started in 1996 as the first State Coordinator for the state of California. It really did not take that long to find people willing to work on The USGenWeb Project.

Richard S. Wilson

The CAGenWeb Project.

His dedication made this project possible.

Patricia Jane Rowell

1932 - 2000

This is dedicated to the memory of Patricia Jane Rowell (1932 to 2000). She was the creator and volunteer coordinator of Sierra County California, for many years. Her dedication was sincerely appreciated.

Linda L. Worley

September 21, 1940 - January 7, 2002

Linda was the Creator and Publisher of the Web site for the 59th California County, Klamath County. This is the only California county that no longer exists. Linda felt it should still be remembered, so she did extensive research on the county.

Linda was born September 21, 1940 and passed away on the 7th of Jan 2002. She taught college for 10 years, received her bachelors degree in journalism in 1967 from Fresno State University, her master's degree in education from Humboldt State University in 1992, and was a graduate of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, Institute of Religion. She received her Family History Research Certificate from Brigham Young University in 1998. She will be remembered and sorely missed.............

"The Fine Print"
The CAGenWeb Administrative Team:
Acting State Coordinator: Jeannette Harper
Assistant State Coordinators: Claire Martin, Joy Fisher

All materials, images, sounds and data contained herein are not to be copied or downloaded for purposes of duplication, distribution, or publishing without the express written permission of The CAGenWeb Administrative Team. Any and all future data which is contributed to this project will be returned to the donor upon request.

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