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Larry's biological father's family originated in Ireland, most likely County Galway. His mother's family was from France (on both her father's side and mother's side) and Switzerland (on her mother's side). The Shirk family has been in the United States for many generations, originating in Pennsylvania and moving west into Ohio.

Carole's family has been in the United States for many generations, having arrived here from England, Ireland and Germany.

Genealogy has been an interest of ours for over 20 years now, beginning with listening to stories told by our relatives. Now that Larry is gone, I intend to continue searching for details about our family histories, in his honor. Feel free to search our database and join us on our journey into generations gone by.

Should anyone find errors posted here, please let us know so that we can correct them. We have accepted a great deal of information from others over the years and try to be as accurate as we possibly can.

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The following links will take you to the research we've done over the years, which can be found on Rootsweb. In addition, we have a photo website which includes many old family photos, as well as some new. And finally, we have visited hundreds of cemeteries over the years and some of the photos we've taken of gravestones and monuments from those visits can be found at the Cemetery Photos link.