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katieinohio (#46957522)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Ohio. I started doing our family genealogy over six years ago after having surgery and being told to stay in bed for two weeks. Now I'm hooked on it and I hope to pass down what I've learned about our family to those who will come after me.

Like many other family "historians", I've become obsessed with discovering all I can about our ancestors and their stories. Stories such as a two family members who were in the civil war, fighting against each.

Another story that tells of two children who died on their way to Ellis Island. On my grandmother's (Maria Balko) first trip to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia, her one and a half year old brother (Istvan Balko) died while on the journey and was buried at sea...he never getting the chance to step foot on American soil. On her second trip over she lost her little sister, Anna Balko who was just 9 years old. She died about a month after arriving. She was detained right after her arrival (due to a fever) along with her sister and their mother (Anna Balko). Little Anna was put into the hospital and died from measles...never to see the wonders of the United States. After years of searching I finally found her resting place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, New York.

I am researching my Traum branch of my tree. I was told all Traum's are related but I have yet to confirm this. I have known my Traum's to be German Catholic but I am finding Jewish Traums all over the place in my research. You can find some of my information on facebook at Traum Genealogy.

Our ancestors are our heroes as they were the ones who wanted a better life and had the courage to leave all that they knew and had; their loved ones, homes, churches, towns, occupations, etc. and traveled by boat, sometimes for weeks to come to the United States of America hoping to make a better life for themselves.

I feel that in some small way we honor them when we search out who they were and their stories for these are the true stories of hardships, survival, life and death.

May they know we cared enough to thank them for their courage, strength and sacrifices so that we, their future family would have a better life.
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Memorial duplication
The memorial # 29507660 is a duplication of #15805446
Albert Riddle in Fowler Cemetery

Kathy #48225033
Added by KBSkala on Nov 02, 2016 3:39 PM
Beverly Thompson
Ebenezer Hopkins
You have created a duplicate memorial for Ebenezer Hopkins 1787-1850. Would you please delete your duplicate.
Added by Beverly Thompson on Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
Cleveland Calvary Request
Just a friendly mid June reminder that we need plot info to fill your Cleveland Calvary request(s). We have less than 500 requests left but plot info for only 6% of those, having already filled the rest with plot info. We can't ask for plot info for more than 3 requests per week. Please call (216) 641-7575 and obtain plot info. We'd really appreciate it and will fill your request(s) soon after getting plot info. Thank you!
Added by runner9 on Jun 14, 2013 8:23 PM
Just FYI that we've cleared nearly 100 requests in the past week. Plot information is essential, a plot map increases the odds significantly. We cannot obtain plot info, the office will not allow it. Please call and obtain. Thanks!
Added by runner9 on Apr 01, 2013 5:12 PM
Calvary: Section 65 Request
Several of us are actively working to clear the 759 request at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland. You have a request (or more) with plot information, however we don't have a map for that part of the section. With thousands of graves per section (400,000 total on 300 acres) a section map is basically required to find a grave.

The office at Calvary is very restrictive with information. If you could please call them at (216) 641-7575 and tell them you have a relative buried in the specific section and that you're coming when they're closed (weekend, holiday, etc) they should agree to mail you a plot map. If you get one please let me know and I'll give you my e-mail address.

Each time I go I have to skip the requests with plot info that I don't have a map for, yours is one of them.

Added by runner9 on Mar 21, 2013 6:02 AM
John T. Richards- Fowler Cemetery
Hi Katie,
John Richards (29500782) is my great -grandpas
brother. Would you consider transferring him to me.
I am working on our tree and would love to link him up with
the rest of the family. Thank you soo much ! Lynne
Added by Lynne on Aug 02, 2012 7:29 AM
Mary Blank Szekely
Anthony Martini
I am certain he is buried at St. Paul's Euclid. He worked for the railroad and was at Grdina Funeral Home on St. Clair, which are all local to the cemetery.
Added by Mary Blank Szekely on Jan 13, 2011 9:42 AM
Mary Blank Szekely
RE: Transfer of family members
Hi Katie,
I am very glad to transfer the memorials to you. It is great when they find their families. I will check into Mr. Martini and see if I have any info on him.
Added by Mary Blank Szekely on Jan 13, 2011 9:09 AM
RE: Thank You for Anna Balko Photo
Yes, where Maple Grove is located is a good, safe neigbhorhood. There really is not a whole lot to do in that neighborhood, just visit the cemetery and stay maybe in Manhattan? Whatever you do, I am sure it will be a lot of fun and educational, especially at Ellis Island.

Added by Cristina on Nov 03, 2010 8:52 PM
RE: Thank You for Anna Balko Photo
You are very welcome, Katie. I am really happy that you finally found her, too. Maple Grove Cemetery is divided into sections and that particular part of South Border has a lot of old headstones. It has happened before where I look for someone who died a long time ago and there is no marker, but I always take pictures of the area. In addition, I took some pictures of the headstones in Anna's area and I will e-mail them to you later. It may help to know who her neighorbors are because they have the lot number on the stone so they are easier to find (they are good as a point of reference). They are all in the 70s and I think the closest one I saw that had a headstone was 77. I don't have the pictures in the computer that I am writing from, but I will send them to you tonight. And whenever you take your trip, I hope you have a nice time. Have you been to NYC before?

Added by Cristina on Nov 03, 2010 4:57 AM
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