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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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|mel truman||RE: Harbison photo request|
I initially posted all the Harbisons listed on Find A Grave except Martha and Lt. James. After numerous trips and photos, I believe the marker next to the GAR stone to be Martha and posted it as so. That seems to only leave one marker unaccounted for which would be Lt James. My only concern is that when I started all this in this cemetery, Find A Grave only listed 92 burials and with the work I have done the total is now close to 300. I truly believe that marker is a Harbison as you can read the name and with the GAR star I believe it is Lt James. If you would like me to post it just let me know.
|David D||RE: Daniel Rubright|
You're welcome! I enjoy doing it. I'm sorry there was no marker to photograph.
Added by David D on Aug 10, 2016 7:14 AM
|mel truman||RE: Harbison photo request|
Whoa that was weird. Believe it or not, I sent the last message before I read yours. As far as Pine Creek goes, I'll have to go out and retake photos, no big deal. I don't think there are any more discernible words on the one that just says Harbison but I can get some close-ups of the markers. Now to the Civil War soldier, I have a book that belonged to my 3x Great-Grandfather who served in Co. B 9th Pa Reserves - 28th Infantry from June of 1861 to June of 1864. It's the history of Allegheny County fron 1753 to 1876.
It has personnel lists from many if not all of the regiments recruited in and around Allegheny Co. It also has a Roll of Honor showing the names of the casualties and many of the dispositions there of. The regiment rosters are alphabetical so if I assume this is a Harbison, it shouldn't take to terribly long. Other than that I don't know what to do. Thoughts?
I saw the Harbison request for Pine Creek and it reminded me, I saw more Harbisons at rest in the cemeteries in Bakerstown, a few miles north of Pine Creek Cemetery. Thought you might like to know.
|mel truman||Harbison photo request|
I stopped out the cemetery again and took a look around. There are two stones next to James and Martha that are similar to theirs. On one all you can make out is Harbison, the other has a G.A.R. star and flag but appears completely worn. I couldn't find anyone else though there are supposed to be more. I took pictures of what I saw and will send them to you if you wish.
|mel truman||RE: James and Martha Harbison at Pine Creek|
It was all my pleasure to fill your request. My people come from this area and it was a real pleasant surprise to find this little gem of a cemetery. Although it supposedly only has 92 internments, there are many familiar names. There's actually a fellow with a Revolutionary War emblem who's marker states he died in 1814 in the 116th year of his age! I don't know if there is a connection but my Sunday School Teacher at Calvert Memorial Church in Etna in 1967 was Ruth Harbison. She and her husband are in the Mount Royal Cemetery mausoleum. You're very welcome, happy to assist and thank you again.
|LindaP||RE: Dobbin Family at Grace Episcopal Church|
Grace Cemetery is split between two locations. The older location is about3 miles from where the church itself and the newer cemetery are located.
I have been to both and they are heavily documented. There are some burials that are not marked and you would have to call the church directly for that info. Their phone number is on the info for the cemetery.
Added by LindaP on Jul 22, 2016 4:54 AM
|LShue||RE: Transfers in Parkwood|
Your welcome for finding some of the many grave markers you have requested on Find A Grave. I understand your frustration in not being able to travel to the cemeteries in Maryland yourself because you live too far away. I am not originally from Maryland, so all of my ancestors are from either Pa., Mass., or Ohio. The closest cemetery to me for an ancestor is 5 hours away in northern Pa. I have made trips to Pa. once or twice, but it gets expensive to pay for hotels to be able to stay in an area for a couple of days to do genealogical research. I haven't even tried to tackle trips to Mass. or Ohio yet!
Added by LShue on Jul 20, 2016 8:25 PM
I found Emma Fetsch in Moreland Park for you today, but her husband, Ferdinand's grave is unmarked next to her. I took a photo of the area where he is buried and added it to his page instead.
Added by LShue on Jul 20, 2016 2:07 PM
|LShue||Transfers in Parkwood|
I transferred the Seiferts and Nortrups memorial pages I created to you. Check to see if there are any other family members for which I created memorial pages in Parkwood (and Moreland) and let me know if you want any of them transferred to you. I'd rather memorial pages are managed by family members who might know a bit more about the people. I photograph grave markers for Find A grave to fulfill photo requests and to help others find out more about their family, not to collect memorial pages for myself (or sweat pounds off in the sun)!
Added by LShue on Jul 20, 2016 1:31 PM
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