With the help of the software, Family Tree Maker, and its Internet companion, Ancestry.com, I have continued to add information to the Muench family tree. I can now report that the database hovers at 7000 persons with 550 personal photographs and extends back to my 23rd-great grandfather, von Marburg, and his son, Guntram von Grunberg (1170-1236). Of those 7000 persons, many are direct descendants of those or other specific ancestors and have their own descendants, continuing a line. Others are cousins of varying distances in parallel lines, and still others are related by marriage but not by DNA (or what we used to call "blood"). Many lives were distinguished and some were famous. Without doubt any one person among the 7000 would be astonished to recognize connections not previously known.
Access to this treasure of family information is available by subscription to Ancestry.com. Some might criticize this commercial aspect of genealogy, but without a computer and the Internet the collection of so extensive a database would be impossible. I hope this letter will stimulate others to respond, comment, or question and to add branches, leaves, or twigs to our tree.
Karl H. Muench, M.D.
1699 S. Bayshore Lane
Miami, FL 33133