Retired mechanical engineer with an interest in genealogy since 1976, and a home computer since 1986.
My sister first got me interested in our family history when she copied some old photos and sent them out to the family as part of her "1776 Bicentennial celebration". After years of research, we haven't found any ancestors who were rich or famous, but the real story we uncovered is better than anything we could have made up.
I'm interested in:
Beaver, Billman, Bower, Curran, Darlington, Dugger, Loy, Lupfer, McClure, McCormick, Monasmith, Pflanz, Pollard and Schlott. Spellings vary.
Monasmith is of German origin, and many Manneschmidt households can be found today in the German state of Hessen. In America, the name has been re-spelled as Mahnenschmidt, Monasmith, Monesmith, Monismith, Monosmith and several other variations. Although not gifted in spelling, we are all cousins. We are all descended from Christian Mahnenschmidt (1680-1746), who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1719.
I have registered several hundred graves that are not related to my families, and I would be happy to transfer to any relative.
I'm working on memorials for the alumni of Frankfurt American High School, and for the Class of 1961 of Wichita High School North. Old friends are not forgotten.
On memorials, I like to see photos of the person taken when they were young, as well as later in life.
Then we need one close-up photo of the grave marker, and a wide-angle shot to show the whole monument or adjacent graves. All of us owe a deep debt of gratitude to the photo volunteers who are helping to preserve history through their work.
For the genealogists, I like to add scans of the public documents that chronicle the events of the person's life: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Census Records, etc. A $5 donation will increase the photo limit to accommodate this trove of original source materials.