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waldonia (#46824356)
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Bio Photo 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:

Photographicus Baltimorensis

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, (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 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. is, of course, my favorite site for help in that realm.

Another excellent site for anyone with forebears in New York is 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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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.
Added by Jeanjo on Feb 10, 2015 10:23 AM
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
James William McNamara, Sr., #140554195
Do you have any more info on this person? I don't see him buried in this cemetery. The cemetery's database is online and publicly available for your reference. Thanks!
Added by J.O. on Dec 28, 2014 8:13 PM
linda webb
Frank Graham
I am a graham descendent. Frank Graham is 2nd cousin 5x removed, but to far to worry about transfer. Thanks.
Added by linda webb on Nov 20, 2014 6:58 PM
linda webb
Frank Graham
According to death cert Frank Graham Grave Memorial# 89289032
Birth 1857? death 1922 his parents are William Graham and Susannah Covey.
Added by linda webb on Nov 20, 2014 12:20 PM
Lee An
RE: Elmyra Josephine Bolen Sack
It is very strange! First time that's ever happened. I don't have her grave info, would you mind creating it? Here's her father's memorial in case it's useful at all. Do you want the info on her children by both marriages?
Added by Lee An on Nov 01, 2014 10:03 PM
Linda Butt
RE: Pancratz and Barbara Raab
Thanks for the quick reply! I have been in contact with Lula's children and have pictures and info that her daughter Helen got from a researcher and from her records at St. Joe's. I haven't gone to see those records (now at the Maryland Historical Society). I am related through of Lula's children married a Kahl and that's where I come in.
How are you related to the Raab family?

Thanks, again,
Added by Linda Butt on Sep 04, 2014 7:19 AM
John Stoutimore
Good links
Good links on your bio page. I've added your bio page to my favorites.
Added by John Stoutimore on Aug 03, 2014 3:17 AM
Chuck Lewis
RE: Geissdorfer in Gardens of Faith
You are very welcome!

Chuck Lewis
Added by Chuck Lewis on May 17, 2014 6:06 PM
RE: Luther M.E. Menkel Grave
You're quite welcome, as always!
Added by Candeux on May 04, 2014 3:22 PM
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