Crawford Co., OH as a preferred first settlement point

From the beginning of my research I have found first indicators that Crawford Co., and especially Bucyrus and its neighborhood had been a center of first settlement of many emigrants from my hometown area. With the great help of lots of volunteers from the Crawford Co. mailing list I was able to establish first links. Thanks to all of you who have supported me in the last years.

After the great success analyzing the cemetery book in Florence Twp., Williams Co., OH I ordered the Crawford Co. cemetery books Vol. 2a and Vol. 3 from the Crawford County Genealogical Society. It was a great source of information and I could find a lot more of emigrants being buried on Crawford Co. cemeteries. Thanks to all the volunteers for their great work they have done.

After a few months of intensive work I have extracted data about 29 emigrants from the cities of Wankheim, Jettenburg, Maehringen, Kusterdingen and Immenhausen and other emigrants from the extended area including Moessingen and Pfullingen giving a total of 76 emigrants and 824 persons in total where I can assume they have died in Crawford Co. or at least are buried in Crawford Co.  cemeteries.

In several cases the second generation of these families moved on to Williams Co., OH or to Blackford Co, IN where I could find other hot spots of settlements.

Search for ancestors

The Historical Society and I are very interested to know where the emigrants finally settled and what happened to them in the New World. Therefore we would be very much interested to get in touch with the descendants of the emigrants and we would be happy to share the ancestral information with them.

So if you have a German heritage from the former Kingdom of Wuerttemberg and the names Braun (Brown), Dinkel, Duerr, Fauser, Grauer, Gruen, Hoss, Lang (Long), Leutze (Leitzy), Maier, Mollenkopf, Ott, Raiser, Schwartzkopf, Steinhilber, Walker are part of your ancestor chart you may have a look to the following sources:

With the name  and birth date of your ancestor I should be able to match it with the data in my database. In case of a match I will be happy to provide additional information about your German roots and family relationships.

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