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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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Thomas H. Lynch
Hi Carol,
Kathy Pregitzer here. Just wanted to let you know I'm making some suggestions to Thomas H. Lynch, based on his death certificate and the document I have from 1972 listing tombstone inscriptions at St. John's cemetery.
Hope you are well!
Warm regards,
Added by KP on Sep 07, 2017 2:54 AM
Anna Marie Roberts
I had not been able to find Anna Marie Roberts despite searching the entire Parkwood cemetery this summer, so I went to the office for help in locating her and was told there is no record of an Anna Marie Roberts buried in this cemetery. Then when I went to your memorial page, I saw that she was married to Dr. John H. Roberts for whom I had created a memorial page earlier this summer. When I looked at my memorial page for John, I found I had him connected to Carrie A.M. Roberts as his wife as her name appears on her marker. Then I figured out Carrie A. M. Roberts must be your Anna Marie Roberts, so I deleted my page and transferred the photos I took of her marker to your memorial page. Mystery solved! :)
Added by LShue on Aug 23, 2017 9:51 PM
August R. Vogt in Moreland
I noticed your memorial page for August Vogt noted that his obituary stated he was buried in Moreland Memorial Park, but that the office had no record of him. I did indeed find his marker in Moreland and have added it to his memorial page for you. I also created a memorial page with photo for his wife Lillian. If you would like me to transfer the management of her page to you, just let me know.
Added by LShue on Jul 06, 2017 9:14 AM
Photo request; Mt. Sinai Memorial Park
Hello! I am trying to pick up the banner and fulfill the photo requests at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Miami, FL.
I am focusing first on those requests that have provided the location of the grave within their request itself. If you would consider calling the office at (305) 681-4432 and obtain the location information and advise back, I'll do my best to fulfill your request(s). Thank you.
Added by WiSH on May 02, 2017 10:07 PM
Dan Phelan
RE: Edith Phelan Schwarz
Hi Waldonia,
I assume you meant Edith Shrader Schwatz. Names along side were Schneider, Starkey, Chilcoat, and Wagner. The Wagner names had matching style markers to the Schwartz names. Do you have any Wagner's in the family (William and Emma Daly Wagner)?
Hope that helps,

Added by Dan Phelan on Mar 07, 2017 6:34 PM
Bertha Waugh
No Headstone
Added by Patty on Oct 24, 2016 8:38 AM
Shirley Elaine Weigand Marion
Bertha Hillman
Just wanted to let you know that I believe you have made an error in the location of Bertha Hillman. I have been to the cemetery that you claim she is in and neither her or her husband are there. It is a very small place. I do believe she is located in the Easton Bnai Abraham Cemetery as there are actually two with similar names. I will research this more and get back to you and if needed will change the information that is listed as to where she is. SEMarion. I live in Palmer Township and close to both places.
Added by Shirley Elaine Weigand Ma... on Sep 17, 2016 4:00 PM
C & N Rasmussen
Matilda H Rassum
First, let me say I really like your bio page and all the resource links!

The reason I'm contacting you is that I found the death certificate for Matilda. She died in Philadelphia. Her death certificate identifies her parents as Bradford Russum and Amelia Herdman who were both from Maryland, and that she was 75 years old. I found her death certificate on Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963.

All the best,
Added by C & N Rasmussen on Sep 14, 2016 7:53 AM
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.
Added by mel truman on Aug 16, 2016 1:39 PM
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
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