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Michael Minnich (#47649232)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 12 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 site to upgrade entries in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Useful tools - Battery-powered string trimmer, non-flexible putty knife, grout brush, towels, gallon of water to enhance inscriptions, digital camera - Canon SX160 IS.

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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Honoring Their Lives
What a beautiful image of Mrs. Karene Harris that you left on her memorial! And what a great find in an out-of-the way antique store like that! It always baffles me how people can get rid of photographs like that, perhaps the families no longer think they hold value, so you finding it was certainly a treasure. I have such fond memories as do all of my siblings of the Harris family. My brothers used to help during hay cutting season, loading and storing literally thousands of bales of hay for the Harrie farm. Mrs. Karene was a special teacher who was loved and adored by every student who ever met her. So this image is indeed a gift. Thank you Michael, Helen Murphy, Nashville, TN
Added by Honoring Their Lives on Oct 16, 2017 3:49 PM
Alfred George Rickert
What a great idea! Thank you for adding the photo of Alfred George Rickert!
Added by HudieGram on Oct 16, 2017 11:39 AM
Bessie King Heckart
Thank you so much for adding the family photo to Bessie's Memorial page...a wonderful rescue of a photo that was lost.. Maybe someday, someone in the family will contact you about it.
Really awesome...
Mexico, MO
Added by Marty on Oct 16, 2017 10:51 AM
Cedar HIll Cemetery
Mr. Mike - I sent you a private message via my Hotmail account. Can you keep any eye out for it, as it might be filtered to spam?


Best, Robin.
Added by LRobin on Oct 15, 2017 2:49 PM
The Navigator
Henry Michaelis
Thank you so much for the transfer of Henry Michaelis. I can now place him with the rest of the family.

Take Care,
Added by The Navigator on Oct 04, 2017 3:45 PM
Min. Danice Wilson
Thank you so much for the quick update. He was like a godfather to me in my early childhood and couldn't believe the news 15 yrs post incident. Thank you for the closure.
Added by Min. Danice Wilson on Aug 25, 2017 4:37 PM
Jacob Waters
Thank you very much for managing my great grandparents info here on
Jacob Waters
Added by Jacob Waters on Aug 25, 2017 5:47 AM
Jim Henwood
Rosemary Marucci
Hi thank you for the photo of Rosemary Marucci
Added by Jim Henwood on Aug 22, 2017 12:30 PM
Mark Stancil
Thank you for your rapid update of Mark Stancil's memorial.
Added by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2017 9:41 AM
Sandi L
Sarah F. Ginnelly photos
Thanks so much Mike.. I truly appreciate the pics and the obit..

Sandi L.
Added by Sandi L on Aug 08, 2017 11:03 AM
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