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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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RE: Susan A. Sindall Askey
You're quite welcome; happy to help!
Added by Candeux on Jun 26, 2016 6:44 PM
memento mori
Thank you
The opening paragraphs on your profile page struck a chord with me. I couldn't agree more, and you articulated it so artfully. These sentiments should be incorporated into a mission statement for FindAGrave. Thank you.
Added by memento mori on May 16, 2016 5:15 AM
Jane Feldmann Cook
RE: Joseph and Josephine Bopp Holy Redeemer
You are very welcome. Pretty day out there today, and crowded for once! Hope you are well, too. Jane
Added by Jane Feldmann Cook on May 08, 2016 5:45 PM
Robert Treat
Carole Treat
Hey Cuz,

I was gonna send you a message and let you know that my Mom had passed very suddenly, but I see that you already left flowers on her page, so you already know.
I feel so very lost without her, I thought for sure that she would live to be as old as Minnie Nanny Kramer, but I guess it was not meant to be, that the Lord had other plans for her.
I hope this note finds you well, and that your Mom is doing well also, please give her our best.

Love ya,
Added by Robert Treat on Apr 29, 2016 9:49 PM
RE: Hillen @ Zion
Here you go.
'Mother' Annie M 1873-1938
'Father' Valentine 1838-1914
'Father' Chas. Berlett. 1872-1900

Please let me know when you are done so I can add the pix
Added by Michelle on Mar 29, 2016 2:55 AM
Hillen @ Zion
While getting photos for Harry and Julia I found a few other Hillens. Annie M, Valentine and Chas. Berlett. Are these your folks and if so would you like to create the memorials. Also I was not able to locate and Lutz.
Added by Michelle on Mar 27, 2016 1:39 PM
Richard Snyder
Andrew Hall, Woodland Cemetery
Your photo request will be honored in the Spring 2016. Woodland Cemetery is presently snow covered, and most headstones are not visible. Please be patient.
Added by Richard Snyder on Jan 27, 2016 8:38 AM
Jane Feldmann Cook
RE: Merry Christmas and Happy Belated Bday
Thank you, how sweet. Hope you had/are having a wonderful Christmas.
Added by Jane Feldmann Cook on Dec 25, 2015 6:18 PM
Jane Feldmann Cook
Thank you
Thank you so much for your nice words. I am still transcribing away and saw your photo request where I saw your note. You happened to post that on my birthday so it even means more. I will be back at Holy Redeemer when this rain stops (and when the cemetery isn't flooded; it floods badly in this kind of rain) and will try to get your photo. Thanks again. Jane Cook
Added by Jane Feldmann Cook on Dec 23, 2015 1:47 PM
Dianne Feldman
Fannie Keyser Bachrach

Re: photo request for the above subject, DOD 1/31/1937

Fannie Keyser Bachrach's ashes are interred in the columbarium of the Bachrach-Keyser family. You have a photo of the columbarium door which was sculpted by Ephraim Keyser, Fannie's brother.

Hope this helps.

Dianne Feldman
Added by Dianne Feldman on Oct 13, 2015 1:21 PM
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