My quest to find Johann Heinrich Kortkamp and his wife Frederica Bernadina Harte:
This quest began some years ago when I pulled out the album my grandmother had made each of her children. In it were multiple family group sheets (all hand typed or written) and several photos. This had been something I always had growing up and loved looking at. So I began by researching how to put all this information into my computer. From there I spent most of my time researching on free sites or through already posted family trees. I had a Frieda Alma Sand, who appears to be a twin of my sister, I knew who her father was and the first name of her mother Elizabeth. I pulled up her Ohio Marriage Record at familysearch. This gave me the maiden name Burkamp and for years I assumed this was correct. After much failed research I went back and began to search through Alma's siblings marriage records to find out that the maiden name was Kortkamp. I already had dates and places of birth and death for Elizabeth through census records at Ancestry and findagrave. I used the birth information and the new name to find her on a census with a Henry and Dina Kortkamp. From there I was able to also find them on findagrave with birth and death information. I knew they were from Germany so I searched through German Marriage Records at familysearch. I found them married Sep 4 1857 along with place, parents and full names. But thier story doesn't end there. I was able to find them on immigration records (via Ancestry). From there I went to the naturalization records at the University of Cincinnati and found Johann Heinrich. They left Sep 15 1857, eleven days after their wedding. They settled in Cincinnati. Elizabeth was their only child to grow to adulthood. I now had my 4th great grandparents, a small part of their life and end to my 10 year search.
It takes time, patience and multiple resources to find your ancestors. Don't ever just use one website and when your stuck go back over things!