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Friday, July 23, 2021

Remembering Ruth

Ruth was the consummate genealogist.  Her research (and her proofreading) were impeccable.  She volunteered to proofread our entire new SMCGS website and picked up broken links and typos that even our webmaster missed.  She was also responsible for much of the cataloging that went on at our library.  

When Ruth joined the British Interest Group she was researching her Carwithen ancestors of Devon.  But every time I went into an obscure site to look for this family I would run up against "you should contact a researcher in California named Ruth Sattherthwaite".  I guess she was famous among the Carwithen researchers.  And it was a joy to have someone in the group looking in 16th & 17th century England.

Ruth was also a writer of family stories and apparently a cook (see photo).  She was there at our first Genealogy in the Park gathering in June, and brought stories and deviled eggs to share. We had such a good time, and it was a blessing to have her with us.  

Ruth Satterthwaite, a long-time member of SMCGS, passed away recently.  We would like to have an article in our next newsletter with people’s remembrances of her. Do you have memories that you would like to share? If so, please send them to  

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