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Mark Crawford (#48011967)
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Bio Photo When asked to write about one 's self what do you say? ....."I was born in a house with an earthen floor, walked 5 miles to school waist deep in snow, uphill both directions".....

I was born in Ohio in the farming community of Wood County where most of my fathers ancestors originated from, my mothers were from Virginia. In 1960 my father was working in the auto industry; with lay offs happening on a regular basis; he decided to move west for the "California dream". He hitched up the U-haul trailer to his '59 Ford and left his wife and 5 children in the care of his widowed mother and found his way to "Route 66". After securing employment and housing, in Aug my mother had the task of hauling her 5 children; ranging from 7 years thru 9 months old; on the 3 day train ride.

In my youth I was involved in scouting with a troop that loved to backpack. My father was extremely active with the scouts and was always searching for new places to go. We traveled to the peaks of every major mountain top in southern California, going someplace at least once a month. That is where I learned to appreciate the outdoors. I had my horse for several years and enjoyed riding on a daily basis. I have liked photography from an early age and used my 35mm up until recently when I started to use a digital camera.

I was pretty young when I started to question and search my genealogy. In the beginning; late '60 -70's; I would have to find somewhere that would have archives on micro fish and scroll through them. If you wanted a copy of anything you would have to send a check or money order along with your request and then wait for weeks before it would return, and then it might not be what you expected. I would go to the Temple in L.A., made several trips to Salt Lake, spent time in Ohio going into the public libraries, stopping at the local news papers to use their archives, and strolling through the local cemeteries. I always wondered what I would do with all my hand written files.

I was computer illiterate until about 18 months ago when a friend took some time to start teaching me a few things. I still have a lot to learn and sometimes have problems navigating through the different programs so please keep this in mind if communicating with me. I have been introduced to some of the Ancestry programs and have been working diligently entering my data.

I am amazed at the amount of documentation available, but would still rather search on my own verses just coping some one else's complete tree. The quest is the adventure.
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RE: Photo
You are very welcome!
Added by LV BRMNS on Mar 30, 2014 6:18 PM
Nora Wright

Thanks for linking her with her folks.

Added by Deb on Feb 09, 2014 7:35 PM
Re: Photos
Hi Mark, May I have your permission to use your photo of the Riverside National Park in Riverside, California in my Ancestry Tree? Thanks wrmcferrin
Added by wrmcferrin on Feb 05, 2014 11:34 AM
Laura Loe
I'm not related to Laura or Abraham, Mark, and am happy to make the transfers. Judith
Added by Lavidaloca on Jan 02, 2014 10:23 PM
Garland Hill
thank you
for transfering Nancy T Sullivan Baker
Added by Garland Hill on Dec 10, 2013 11:35 PM
RE: Transfers
You're welcome! I did some research into the people in the email that you had sent me but basically came up to dead ends. I saw that you managed some memorials for some Moore's, Barringer's and Wright's and if your from the Bloomdale area of Wood County and have a Facebook, there's a group called, "Memories of Bloomdale, Ohio" and there's some Moore's, Barringer's and Wright's that are members that you might be able to connect with if they're any relation to you!

Added by jdean on Oct 19, 2013 10:47 PM
pamela burdue
RE: Mary McCrory
I live in Lucas County Ohio but as you know the family came from wood county
Mary McCrory who married Reason Whitacre her brother John McCrory 1818-1873 is my GGG Grandfather. It has been awhile sence i have worked on that line but if you need anything I will be more than happy to help

Added by pamela burdue on Oct 04, 2013 5:51 PM
Kay (Barton) Swonger
RE: Overly/Wright
Thanks for your response. I have some photos I received after mom's passing and of course, no names on the back to determine who they may be...sad to say he least. Right now I'm catching up with Swonger tree, then back and forth to the Barton,Buck, Gander,Crow, Hammond,Drake, Emans, Herr surnames. Thanks. The journey continues...
Added by Kay (Barton) Swonger on Oct 04, 2013 5:34 AM
Kay (Barton) Swonger
RE: Overly/Wright
I didn't see 2 marriages, just George. Their daughter Madeline had married Charles Pugh Jr. a grandson of Catherine (Swonger) and Edward Pugh. Catherine's father was John Swonger Junior, 1807 Penn. - 1861 Columbus, Ohio. It is John's brother George William from whom my husband descends. Most in Ohio took the name of Swonger, originally, Swanger and Schwanger. Hence the ? as to why the move to Michigan
Thanks again.
Added by Kay (Barton) Swonger on Oct 02, 2013 10:47 PM
Kay (Barton) Swonger
# 36020840
Are you related to George and Alverda(Wright) Overly? I was just wondering how they came to be buried in Michigan instead of Buckeye Country.
Added by Kay (Barton) Swonger on Oct 02, 2013 6:38 AM
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