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Kathryn Genczo (#47412797)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family histories and those of my husband since my sister got me interested eons ago in family history. My daughter, sister, and I research and exchange information as we find it. The three of us make quite the team walking cemeteries and visiting old archives and records. Some of the surnames I am researching are:
Meikamp, Zobel, Bade, Bode, Schiefer, Spies, Espenscheid, Bohmann, Daudermann,Dautermann, Dustmann, Graff, Graf, Frey, Friedhoff, Husso, Ilko, Mirga Genczo, Mihalic, Wolbert, Adams, Tuetken, Kuiken, Reinink.

I would gladly exchange and share information to help you with your research and would love to have information in return.
Find a Grave is such a wonderful place to recognize our ancestors.
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Sheryl Vanlandingham
RE: John Graf Tombstone
The O section of Bethany is strange part is common ground which has very few headstones the Graf family is at the edge of that section they are directly behind my family they have a tall headstone with everyone's name on it but no individual markers. Then you go into some baby plots to the right then a part with NO headstones then you get back into a lot of headstones. All around the outside edges of this cemetery is like that. The middle of the cemetery is heavy with headstones mostly family plots. Bethany was abandoned long ago and went into disrepair until St. Peter's of Normandy bought it. They do the upkeep on the grounds but not much else. I have family out there that has no headstones either and some are buried in the commons and there was no rhyme or reason to the burials. At least I was able to locate the plot. I am trying to think of a way to mark graves like these that can be found in the future.
Added by Sheryl Vanlandingham on May 08, 2015 11:12 AM
RE: George & Anna Genczo
My pleasure and honor, Kathryn. The gravestone was just the third I spied after getting out of the car. With all the giant mosquitoes that were around I needed to find, snap, and leave. God bless!
Added by DEX on Jul 14, 2014 10:33 AM
RE: Arthur & Esther Helmich
Anything you add would be fine. I trust you to do what is right. Thanks for the help,
Added by ruth on Sep 06, 2013 2:24 PM
Connie Edwards Thomilson
RE: Spies
Oh I would love a picture, thank you so very much!!!! my email is There is going to be a Spies Family reunion for the charles spies family of bond county sometime in august.
Added by Connie Edwards Thomilson on Mar 24, 2013 7:48 AM
Connie Edwards Thomilson
Hello, I am the great great great grand daughter of Charles "Karl" Spies, the son of Heinrich Spies. I just wanted to say HI.
Added by Connie Edwards Thomilson on Mar 23, 2013 8:06 PM
Lynn Marie Vint
RE: Tutken Tombstones

Thanks for your help! The trouble with old church records is that the spellings are never the same from one entry to another.

I was just helping someone look up some information this evening, and the mother's name was recorded as Elisa, Elisabeth, Elise, Marthe, Martha and Marthargata on the church baptismal records for 6 of her children. All 6 children had the same mother, believe it or not!

I need to do some more research at Zion, but just haven't had the time lately. I hope to get working on it again later this spring. I've come to the conclusion that if you search hard enough, you will find that everybody buried at that cemetery is related to everybody else who is buried there, even if it does get pretty distant!

Do let me know if you find out any additional information that should be added to or changed on any of memorials. I want them to be as accurate as possible.

Added by Lynn Marie Vint on Feb 10, 2013 8:58 PM
Frank Cranshaw
You're welcome.
Added by Whitfield on Feb 09, 2013 9:54 AM
Lynn Marie Vint
RE: Tutken Tombstones

I'm glad I was able to help you with the headstone photos at Zion. We searched the entire cemetery for Wilke's wife, Anna, but couldn't find a readable stone for her. There are several older markers near his that are impossible to read because of weathering, multiple coats of white paint, pieces missing, etc. I'm afraid hers may have been one of them. Maybe someone with access to the church burial records would be able to figure out which grave is hers.

I did want to ask you a question related to Anna Tuetken. My ties to the family are distant and by marriage only, so I am far from an expert.

I have a Catharine Deye at Zion (memorial #98100712) whose maiden name was Gellermann, according to the records I found. Since your Anna Tuetken's maiden name was Gettermann, I was wondering if the ll's in Catharine's name should have been tt's--perhaps someone forgot to cross them, and they were misinterpretted as l's. Would you happen to know if Anna had a sister named Catharine Deye (1843-1923)?

The only other Tuetken stones we were able to locate at Zion that have not already been photographed for Find A Grave, were for Johan H. and Maria. There are memorials without pictures on Find A Grave for both of them, but under the Tutken spelling. Didn't know if they were related to you or not, but I would assume most of the Tutken/Tuetkens at Zion have some sort of ties to each other.

Good luck in your search for Anna!

Added by Lynn Marie Vint on Oct 05, 2012 7:27 AM
Lynn Marie Vint
Hi Kathryn,

I'm currently working on relatives at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Bethalto. I saw where you wrote that you would like a picture of Wilke Tuetken's stone.

If you will click on the button that says Request A Photo on Wilke Tuetken's Find A Grave memorial, I'll be happy to take a picture for you.

Added by Lynn Marie Vint on Oct 01, 2012 11:39 AM
Barbara Hitch
RE: Tuetken
Sorry, but I never look to see if anybody has posted anything to my name.

I don't know if I posted Tuetkens or not to Zion but if I didn't why don't you post them. I have added to so many cemeteries I don't know which i have done and which I haven't

Meta G M Tuetken 28 Sept 1873 - 1 Jan 1889
Wilke J Tuetken - 25 Apr 1844 - 4 May 1885
Johann H Tutken - 21 Feb 1880 - 21 June 1881
Maria Tutken - 5 June 1873 - 10 Feb 1885
Herman J Tuetken - 1869 - 1954
Mary L Tuetken - 1876 - 1953
Frank E Tuetken - 26 July 1910 - 25 Mar 1998
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Margaret Bohannon, nee Tuetken - 28 July 1907 - 23 jan 1995 (buried next to Frank)
Willis G Bohannon - 11 July 1906 - 27 July 1993

Added by Barbara Hitch on Sep 11, 2012 7:53 PM
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