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Michael Minnich (#47649232)
 member for 5 years, 6 months, 22 days
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Bio Photo I have been interested in genealogy since 2004. I am retired and live in Gambrills, Maryland. My main genealogy interests are in Western Maryland and S. Central Pennsylvania. My wife is also involved in her genealogy in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We visit cemeteries to find our ancestors' stones and markers. I enjoy photographing the monuments.

Main families of interest are Minnich (Minich), Keefauver, Lemen, Harsh and Stone, Craig, Lydic, and Buterbaugh. Others are Johnston, Swonger, Lloyd, and Miner.

If I have made a duplicate, please contact me and it will be deleted quickly. Use edit button to add corrections. Also, since only five free photo spots per memorial are allowed in findagrave, please do not add unnecessary photos to any memorials. Save room for future personal photos from family. Unnecessary photos include close-up photos of the plot number on markers and the cemetery plot signs. The plot number should be entered in the Bio plot section of the memorial not as a picture. Obituaries should be typed in the Bio sect and not added as photos. Transfers may be made if you ask using the EDIT button and also state relationship. You have my permission to use my grave stone / marker photos for your private use. For any use of my family or my rescue-orphan photos please contact me. Hopefully, you will source or link the photos. It never hurts to give someone credit for helping you.

I have been purchasing "orphan-rescue" antique photos with names sufficient to search and find a 'home' for them. Some success has been had. There are photo albums of Hellyers (Seneca F., etc. - PA) and Hopkins (Arthur, Lewis, etc.) that are awaiting family. Please visit my Rescue-Orphans Virtual Cemetery.

A free site to check certain years of Maryland State Archives for death certificate index is


This site is a hodge-podge but you can search Baltimore city and the counties for individuals. It has just name and death date and whether death was in Baltimore City or a county. Sometimes the counties have age. Good Luck. I have been using this to upgrade entries in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

I will try to be a friend to all and will help where possible.

Findagrave is as good as we make it.
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Jesse Patrick
Hi Michael
I am going through my old requests just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to take this photo for me. Was not sure if I ever thanked you for your time but wanted you to know I was grateful for your time and the picture.

Added by Beth on May 21, 2017 3:42 PM
Sergeant DavidHatfield
Oh my gosh thank you so much I'm sure you went through a lot of work to find it I really appreciate it
Added by Mark on May 08, 2017 9:22 AM
Joan Mays
Charles Nowlin
The photo you added to Charles Nowlin's memorial is great.

Added by Joan Mays on May 06, 2017 7:18 AM
Lil Reis
John Alfred Cordeiro
thank you Michael for taking the photo!
Added by Lil Reis on May 04, 2017 4:30 PM
Gary Bonney
William Pumphrey photo
Thanks for the photo. I am trying to find out if his connected to my pumphreys.

Added by Gary Bonney on May 04, 2017 7:55 AM
Kate Pitluck
Added by Kate Pitluck on Apr 25, 2017 7:08 PM
RE: Wm T Simms
Michael, I have been working on the Hess-Simms families ALL afternoon. There are TWO Florence M Hess that married Simms. Both were born in Maryland and both lived for a time in Baltimore.

The other Florence is at memorial # 166621817. She lived from 1869-1954.

If you go to my Profile Page, you will see a message from an LShue about her. And if you click on LShue's name, you can go to her Profile Page to see the lengthy detailed explanation I just sent to her. I am too tired to re-type all of that information, but you can access it there.

Let me know if you have an questions. I did submit links to your Florence' parents.
Added by S.R.F. on Apr 24, 2017 1:46 PM
That explanation does help quite a bit! Thank you for your reply.
Added by S.R.F. on Apr 23, 2017 7:06 PM
RE: William T. Simms
Oh, you are so very welcome....What exactly is a centograph memorial? I don't know.
Added by S.R.F. on Apr 23, 2017 7:36 AM
Tammy Sumner
RE: Arthur Luskey
Hi Michael,

Thank you for posting that picture. I know that you said you aren't related to Arthur Luskey memorial # 139038466. How did you come across this picture? I have been looking for a picture of him for a long time. It says it was bought at an antiques fair? Did you buy it?

Do you mind if I use the picture for my genealogy? I use Ancestry and Family Search websites and I have a private Facebook group for my family that I post genealogy info and pictures to for them to see. I would give you credit for submitting the picture of course.

Thanks again for contributing it and for pointing it out to me.

An interesting fact that isn't on Arthur Luskey's memorial page is that he had a hand in building all of the decorative fencing that is around the White House still today.

Tammy Sumner
Added by Tammy Sumner on Apr 21, 2017 5:11 PM
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