JULY 9, 2003
4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!
This is to update those that subscribed to the
mail list this year and additions for all.
Four years ago July 9 we took over the Crawford
County Gen Web site. There was not much there with the
exception of several informative and very nice family
web pages, a couple town links and the 1892 Farmers list.
There were many links but not much for our county.
We took the reins July 9, 1999 when we found that a
coordinator was needed. At that time the counter registered
about 4400 visitors to the site. Now after four years it is
No one person could have accomplished getting all
the data online without the help of many volunteers that
are listed on each of the various pages, this data
did not appear by Magic. Dozens of volunteers transcribed
data from original documents so they could be posted on
the site. Those transcriptions can take days or weeks to
accomplish. It is hard work. To find these volunteers
please look at the names of the people who appear at the
top or bottom of any page, indicating who transcribed or
submitted the data. It always shows up someplace on the page.
We also want to include those that are doing Lookups in the
county and going to the courthouse.
Bob Kuehl our assistant and programmer at large has
spent much time accepting, assembling and maintaining all the
pages you see online plus spending hours, making it much
easier to navigate through all the items online.
Just a note, there were about 25 pages, July 9, 1999.
Now July 9, 2003 there are 450 plus pages for researchers
to get lost in.
All the volunteers you see on each page are the ones
that either submitted this data or as in the 1900 census
project, spent hours reading those old microfilmed pages
and entering them so they could be used online.
We also had donations for printing, from volunteers listed.
Most of the cemeteries you see online are the efforts of
those folks that walked and read each stone to obtain the
We are getting data and many other items to add to the
pages from around the county, this is due to the many
folks that have an interest in Crawford County.
We do wish to thank those folks very much and please!!
continue to send your items.
Glenn Gustafson has donated much of his data from
his Kiron Kountry. If anyone has ever checked out Kiron
Kountry you will note that he has a large amount of data online that,
we are sure, he has spent much time obtaining and
To sum it up this is our county, each and every
person's name on the Crawford Gen Web pages has helped
and contributed in various ways. The pages are for our
pleasure and for the many visitors to our site. This data is
the property of Crawford County, Iowa, GenWeb Project.
Submmitted, transcribed, entered and maintained by folks
with ROOTS to Crawford.
Both Bob and I will do our best to keep it here.
All of us connected to Crawford County can be
proud to be from each little corner of it. Me, I like
Aspinwall, but Saturday nights as a kid was Manning
in Carroll county. Oh yes! we were the Bulldogs of Manning
High. The Iowa 2002 class A high school football champions.
I just had to get this in because this was my high school.
Now we can look for other material to enter.
Example: Veterans lists from all wars, churches
If the churches or schools had all their old and new records
on a disk or to be put into a website, there would
be much more available for everyone to enjoy. This could
be accomplished in various ways.
Many folks have computers and are willing to volunteer
their time to transcribe this data.
A good example is what we have done so far with all the
thousands of names in the 1900 census from the townships
in Crawford County being transcribed by people in several
states, then sending this material by e-mail.
How many of us have thought about our ancestors
coming from Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, just to
name a few of the countries? That boat ride across the
ocean, with very little resources other than their
determination, had to be rough, especially for the
women and children.
To end with, bringing our ancestral data up to date
by getting most of it into an electronic file inline with
this century whether it be just on a disk or online,
should be our goal for this County.
Then last but not least. We have incredible amount
of genealogical data produced by our volunteers.
What do we do with it besides leave it online? Online can
change as did paper to electronic. Neither Bob nor I will
be here forever. I suggest to each and every one of you,
to give some thought and input to all these files over
the next years. Please do not let them go to outer space
or be controlled by others out of the Crawford County
area. We would like you folks to form a committee
and recommend a standby for both Bob and I. It would
be much easier to control by learning a little at a
How about it you younger folks that may retire in a
Once more do you have something of interest to add to the
Crawford county genealogy site, that we can determine if it
is appropriate? If so, can you transcribe it and send it
to us for posting?
Last but not least, the Crawford County site is
and has been produced and maintained by the rules
and regulations set forth by the USGenWeb, IAGenWeb
better known as the Genealogy web, with Rootsweb
storing our files free of charge.
Crawford County GenWeb
Crawford County GenWeb