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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: Arthur's, John Thomas and Emeline
Your welcome
Added by cjgriffith on Feb 25, 2016 12:31 AM
Erik Gregory
RE: Photo request
Your very welcome Mark. I'm so happy I could help.
Added by Erik Gregory on Oct 11, 2015 6:49 PM
Carolyn Turner
Aunt Virgie
A lovely surprise to heard about her. My grandmother, Elsie, was her sister and my adopted dad was their brother, George Calvin (Duck) Atkins.
I remember when she visited us in Roanoke, and I didn't like that she wouldn't let me eat between meals and she did my hair in these curls for my second grade school picture.
Added by Carolyn Turner on Sep 23, 2015 12:14 PM
Regina Epley
I am your cousin, Regina
I saw your post of the pictures that you added to my Daddy information on the site. Just wanted to get in touch with you and to say thank you! You probably don't remember me. I haven't seen you in many, many years.
Added by Regina Epley on Aug 27, 2015 11:20 AM
Adkins cemetery
To make this more confusing I have found that Mary Elizabeth Adkins Wilkinson's parents were Eliza Adkins and Peter Joe Adkins(yet another name), but makes it possible for Della P and Mary Elizabeth to be born in 1889 on different months, but then that means Mary Elizabeth in not I Peat Adkins daughter, just similar names...I have the Peter Joe's death certificate and he and Eliza married in 1887... and you already posted Peter Adkins on his memorial so we can eliminated her as I Peat's child....really interested in what that I is for. This does answer why you are finding J.(John)Peter and Peter J.(Joe) Adkins, names correct, just two different people.
Added by ROSE on Aug 05, 2015 2:12 PM
John Cockerham
John H. Cockerham
Thanks for posting a photo of my grandfather's grave stone. I will be in Oregon in September and will go visit it. He died from lung damage from being gassed in the war.
John Horton Cockerham III
Added by John Cockerham on May 25, 2015 3:22 PM
Colin Baird
RE: Photo
You are very welcome..
Added by Colin Baird on May 17, 2015 3:54 PM
Rick Miller
John N Wood
Hi Mark,
I made the transfer. Thanks for taking the time to chat and thank you for your service.
Added by Rick Miller on May 13, 2015 4:50 AM
Karen Pederson
Photos of Niels Christenson etc
Hi Mark,
I e-mailed a response last night after receiving the notice from Find A Grave. I'm not sure if you saw it?
I'm related to Niels through my grandma's, sister who was married to a son of Niels. I would very much be interested in any other photos, etc you can provide. I didn't know this family but have spent a lot of time and effort putting this family together. I have them on Ancestry,com on one of my trees.
My e-mail is
Karen Pederson
Riverside, California
Added by Karen Pederson on Jan 15, 2015 7:19 PM
Karen Griswold Stroh
RE: transfer
Your welcome
Added by Karen Griswold Stroh on Nov 18, 2014 6:25 PM
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