GENEALOGY ATTRACTS FOLKS FROM AFAR

BARNESVILLE HUTTON Memorial Library is the home of the Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and attracts visitors and researchers from all over the country. Belmont county was an early gateway to western expansion and records of the early pioneers may be found in the vast accumulation of records in the genealogy room at the library.

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Coming from Texas last summer to further research their family's ancestry and history, are the McNealy sisters, Joan, left, and Dr. Mary Sue, right. They spent two days in Barnesville researching several family ancestries.

LAST FEBRUARY the McNealys were the subject of a two-part column in this space. The columns were about the McNealys restoring a long-neglected family cemetery bearing the graves of five of their McGaughy ancestors. With clean-up of the grounds by their brother, James McNealy, Sr., of Bethesda and his son, James, Jr., and complete restoration of the wrought iron fence by Brian Goodhart of Somerton, the 150-year-old cemetery is now a fitting burial ground.

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Cheryl Skinner and Sandra Saffield of the Belmont County Genealogical Society are pictured accepting a special gift from Arthur Carle of St. Clairsville. The gift was 32 rolls of microfilm of the St. Clairsville Gazette and Harrison and Ohio counties owned by Carle's late mother. The accompanying letter tells the story of the donation.

"This box of microfilm is the lifelong collection of Lois Margaret Shepherd Carle, wife of Ray Gerrard Carle. She asked that these films be kept in tact as a collection of her gift."

"My goal is to donate these as her gift to your Society. I have extensive records on the Shepherd, Carle and Seabright families. Arthur Carle."

jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifelong Enterprise associate. She may be reached at jeandavies@comcast.net.