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I joined findagrave in 2005, and I have come to appreciate and tolerate the broad diversity of interests and perspectives that the enormously varied community of findagrave participants brings to this site--from mourners and family historians to cemetery surveyors and preservationists, from ghost-hunters and devotees of the famous and infamous, to those who work to honor veterans.|
I strongly believe that for our unruly and far-flung community to work, volunteers and visitors alike must exercise tolerance, courtesy, and generosity. By and large, I have found this to be the case. I am grateful to and humbled by many volunteers for their amazing generosity and hard work.
I am researching the genealogy and history of a family of German Lutherans from Lower Saxony named Koppelman, who were founding members of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Belair Rd.
I've extended my research to all the many families connected to the Koppelmans and to this church. I'm also interested in the history of the Gardenville area of Baltimore, and Baltimore County more generally, as well as the history of German immigration to Baltimore County.
Recently I've become fascinated with German immigrant communities in the Missouri River valley in central Missouri, including St. Charles, Franklin, Warren, and Lafayette counties.
I also collect and research 19th-early 20th c. Maryland photographs and photographers:
And I'm sort of obsessed with finding photos taken by Robert C. Mumbrauer and his son Charles, who had a gallery in Hermann, Missouri for about 65 years:
The Lost Legacy of Robert C. Mumbrauer
Some of my favoriate Maryland/Baltimore Co. resources:
--Loudon Park Cemetery by Candeux
--Maryland State Archives death certificate index database (part of it is searchable, and someday maybe all of it will be);
--Maryland State Archives databases of deeds and other land instruments, mdlandrec.net (currently free with registration);
--Paper index of Baltimore County wills 1850-1925, created by Carol Porter and published by the Baltimore County Genealogical Society;
--Baltimore County Genweb and Baltimore City Genweb websites, as well as the Rootsweb grave transcription project;
--Pratt Library Periodicals Section: free copies of obituaries from Baltimore area papers;
--Howard County Historical Sciety Marriage License Index: Ellicott City had more lax requirements for marriages, so many impetuous couples from Baltimore and environs were married there.
--Washington County Free Library Obituary Locator and Marriage Index:
--US Naval Academy Cemetery Index, complete with photos of each grave
--District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1959 at Familysearch.org: Dowloadable images of many Washington, DC death certificates
--Pricey but indispensable Baltimore Sun Archives, searchable back to 1834
I also have an interest in genealogy of Jews from Eastern Europe, and have done some work for both my own family and others. Jewishgen.org is, of course, my favorite site for help in that realm.
Another excellent site for anyone with forebears in New York is italiangen.org. Their volunteers have put up searchable indices of New York area deaths, marriages and naturalizations that have been invaluable in tracking down death and marriage certificates.
Recently I've begun doing research for friends and relations. Other surnames I've worked on:
-Ravitsky (Bialystok, Russian Poland to New York)
-Hart (New York to Chicago to Pipestone, MN)
-Baumhoefer and Duebbert (Detmold, Wesphalia to St. Charles, Franklin, and Boone counties, MO)
Some favorite research sites for Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri:
--Minnesota Historical Society:
--State of Illinois Archives:
--State Historical Society of Missouri:
--Missouri State Archives
--Saint Charles County Genealogical Society
--Saint Charles County Historical Society:
--A hard-to-find but rich project by Ruth Busdieker on German immigrant families and cemeteries in the St. Charles County area:
--Illinois Genealogical Society will get copies of Illinois death certificates after 1916 much more quickly and cheaply than via the State of Illinois site
--Ohio State Historical Society
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|Richard Snyder||Andrew Hall, Woodland Cemetery|
Your photo request will be honored in the Spring 2016. Woodland Cemetery is presently snow covered, and most headstones are not visible. Please be patient.
|Jane Feldmann Cook||RE: Merry Christmas and Happy Belated Bday|
Thank you, how sweet. Hope you had/are having a wonderful Christmas.
|Jane Feldmann Cook||Thank you|
Thank you so much for your nice words. I am still transcribing away and saw your photo request where I saw your note. You happened to post that on my birthday so it even means more. I will be back at Holy Redeemer when this rain stops (and when the cemetery isn't flooded; it floods badly in this kind of rain) and will try to get your photo. Thanks again. Jane Cook
|Dianne Feldman||Fannie Keyser Bachrach|
Re: photo request for the above subject, DOD 1/31/1937
Fannie Keyser Bachrach's ashes are interred in the columbarium of the Bachrach-Keyser family. You have a photo of the columbarium door which was sculpted by Ephraim Keyser, Fannie's brother.
Hope this helps.
My husband and I just finished spending the summer searching through Parkwood Cemetery to fulfill photo requests, but could not find John Stecker's' marker. If you call the office to ask for the location of his marker, I would be glad to photograph it for you. LShue
Added by LShue on Sep 20, 2015 6:49 PM
I found a Kathleen Stecker next to the marker for Elizabeth Stecker in Parkwood Cemetery and created a memorial page for Kathleen. Are Elizabetha and Kathleen related?
Added by LShue on Sep 17, 2015 8:16 PM
|Jodi Landa||Memorial #137115691|
I am a great-granddaughter of Stuart Alexander Wiley and Kathryne Mary (Ritter) Wiley who are buried at Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster. Thank you so much for the detailed memorial for Stuart (Memorial #137115691).
I wish to respectfully request that you make a correction to the memorial. Kathryn D Wiley (1900-1974) was not his wife. Kathryne M Wiley, who is buried next to him, was his wife. They were married in 1914 and were not separated until his death in 1965. Thank you in advance for correcting the memorial and removing Kathryn D Wiley.
I would also like to provide information so that you may link other memorials to his page. Stuart and Kathryne's first child, daughter Mildred, was my grandmother. You can link Mildred C. (Wiley) White to Find a Grave memorial #142807099. Their daughter, Iona Ruth (Wiley) Reinecker is located at Find a Grave memorial #142600917.
Please let me know if I can be of further help.
~Jodi (White) Landa
|Jane Feldmann Cook||RE: Greensfelders at MHR|
You are so very welcome. And thank you for your nice note. You know, anyone not into genealogy would think me not so much an unsung heroe but a little nutty? That's genealogy.
|Jean Johnson||Elizabeth Gleitsman Spindler #122605015|
I am a distant cousin of Elizabeth's son-in-law, Herbert O. Aburn #141137900.
I found Elizabeth's exact date of birth on a passport application. I would be happy to send you a copy if you would like.
|J.O.||Marie B McNamara, #140554750|
Likewise I cannot find Marie McNamara in St. Patrick Cemetery. Are you sure they are buried here?
Added by J.O. on Jan 12, 2015 12:48 PM
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