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From: "CJ Skinner" <>
Subject: Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:04:50 -0400
If you have ancestors that lived or came through Belmont County, we need
Helen Stanford, of Smith Township, is spearheading a project to salvage the
old county records which have been stored for years in the basement of the
onetime County Home on Bannock Road. Much controversy has surrounded the
deteriorating condition of the building and the possible damage or loss of
important historical documents; many dating to the 1800's.
Helen attended a recent Belmont County Board of Commissioners meeting,
explained the situation and got them to state for the record - the Board's
goal is to centralize the county's public records, clean them, and preserve
them for future generations.
The first step in the preservation of these documents is the removal and
cleaning of hundreds of old books and ledgers from the basement area. A work
area has been set up on the second floor of the old County Home and the work
of cleaning the books has begun. Anyone wishing to help with this worthwhile
project should contact Helen at . Volunteers are
needed to help clean the books and donations are needed for cleaning
supplies, HEPA filters, masks, etc.
The Document Preservation Committee (working name only) will be providing a
valuable service to genealogists and local historians as well as future
generations. The hope is to create one centrally located, comprehensive
library of county record books that can be accessed by the public. The
ultimate goal, Any ideas and suggestions are welcomed. Email us at:
Dusting Off Memories
c/o Helen Stanford
68323 Bannock Rd.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Cheryl J Skinner
Connecting Family Dots
|Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 08:04:50 -0400 by "CJ Skinner" <>|