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:
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:
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.
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.
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
John Stecker My husband and I just finished spending the summer searching through Parkwood Cemetery to fulfill photo requests, but could not find John Stecker's' marker. If you call the office to ask for the location of his marker, I would be glad to photograph it for you. LShue
Memorial #137115691 I am a great-granddaughter of Stuart Alexander Wiley and Kathryne Mary (Ritter) Wiley who are buried at Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster. Thank you so much for the detailed memorial for Stuart (Memorial #137115691). I wish to respectfully request that you make a correction to the memorial. Kathryn D Wiley (1900-1974) was not his wife. Kathryne M Wiley, who is buried next to him, was his wife. They were married in 1914 and were not separated until his death in 1965. Thank you in advance for correcting the memorial and removing Kathryn D Wiley. I would also like to provide information so that you may link other memorials to his page. Stuart and Kathryne's first child, daughter Mildred, was my grandmother. You can link Mildred C. (Wiley) White to Find a Grave memorial #142807099. Their daughter, Iona Ruth (Wiley) Reinecker is located at Find a Grave memorial #142600917. Please let me know if I can be of further help. ~Jodi (White) Landa