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Posted by: Kristen MacDuffee (ID *****7315) Date: February 12, 2007 at 15:04:24
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I AM JUST NOW FINDING OUT THAT MY GRANDFATHER CHANGED OUR LAST NAME FROM KORTKAMP TO KORTCAMP, THEREFOR I BELIEVED US TO BE A SMALL CLAN. WELL IN DOING A BIT OF RESEARCH, I HAVE TRACED MY FAMILY BACK TO MADISON COUNTY IL. MY FATHERS NAME IS RICHARD KORTCAMP, HIS FATHER WAS HARRY KORTKAMP, SON OF JOHN AND ELLINOR KORTKAMP, AND THEY HAD 14 CHILDREN. I HAVE BEEN READING SOME OF THE MESSAGE BOARDS AND I SEE SOME GUESSING OR ASSUMPTION THAT THERE WERE BROTHERS THAT CAME TO ILLINOIS FROM GERMANY. MY GRANDFATHER JOHN KORTKAMPS FATHER WAS WILLIAM FREDERICK KORTKAMP, WHO WAS BORN IN ALTON AROUND 1822, BUT ACCORDING TO THE MANY CENSUS', JOHNS FATHER WILLIAM ARRIVED AROUND THEN WITH HIS WIFE REIKA FROM PRUSSIA. SO AS YOU CAN SEE I SHOULD HAVE MANY LIVING COUSINS ETC, THAT MAY HAVE BEEN PASSED MORE ACCURATE DETAILS. I SEE THAT IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT ADOLPH KORTKAMP IMIGRATED ABOUT THE SAME TIME MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WILLIAM SHOULD HAVE ARRIVED FROM PRUSSIA, AND IF THIS IS THE CASE, AND WILLIAM AND ADOLPH ARE PERHAPS BROTHERS,THEN WHO KNOWS, WE MAY ALL BE RELATED INDEED. I AM PREPARING TO GO BACK TO ALTON AND GODFREY AND HILLSBOROUGH THIS YEAR, TO SEE IT ALL. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO MAY KNOW ANYTHING, OR WANT ANY INFORMATION I MAY HAVE AQUIRED.


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