IAAGG Committee Chairs are experienced genealogists, dedicated to the success of our organization.
My name is Marva J Crews. I am a member of Light of the World Christian church. I retired from General Motors Corporation after working 33 years in various salaried positions. My genealogy research began some 25 plus years ago through family conversations and increased after joining Ancestry.com and perusing FamilySearch.org. I have been a member of the IAAGG for approximately (15) years. I have served as secretary as well as nominating committee chair. I am a member of the Tri-State Genealogical Society (IN-KYIL) as well as the Kentucky Historical Society. I am researching the surnames: Bowers, Hamilton, Rowan, and Pursley (maternal); White, Crimes and West (paternal) as well as slave owners John Folden and W G Baynham. Research includes southern Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and possibly West Virginia.
I hold a Masters Degree in Education and recently retired as a teacher in IPS. In addition, in December of 2008, I earned a second Masters Degree in School Administration and Supervision. I teach education classes for IVY Tech, Child Development Associate (CDA) classes, and serve as a Professional Development Specialist for CDA students. I have experience facilitating workshops for groups of 50-500 people on topics such as diversity, stress, positive discipline, inclusion, and others. In addition to the "work" I do, in my spare time, I love listening to all kinds of music, traveling, dancing, walking in nature, doing Zumba, viewing movies, participating in genealogy webinars, researching ancestors to build my family tree, learning ASL, and hanging out with close friends and family members.
I began researching my ancestors as a youngster, as part of a homework assignment, and built my family tree back to my grandparents. I only began serious genealogical research within the past 10 years. My maternal line is from Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and southern Indiana. My paternal line is from TN and KY.
I am a retired long distance runner and software developer. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Certificate in Ecommerce development from IUPUI. I was also a design draftsman for over 10 years. I worked at Naval Avionics for 11 years and Sallie Mae for 9 years. I was honorably discharged from the United States Naval Reserves after 10 years of service as a data processing technician.
I was born and raised in Detroit, MI and was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a founding member of the Michigan Black Panther Party (BPP) back in the 1960’s. I moved to Chicago in 1976 to become the Afro-American editor for the October Leagues’ Call Newspaper.
I have been a member of IAAGG since mid-2019 and have been an active genealogy researcher for over 25 years, off and on. I started out using the DOS version of Family Scrapbook, an excellent genealogy database program and now use Family Tree Maker.
In particular, I am researching ancestors from Jamaica, Cuba, Virginia, Michigan and Maryland. My goal is to validate my research with sources and prepare it for publication so that I can leave something behind for my descendants and relatives.