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"Keeping an eye on our Heritage for our Posterity"

NOW DISBANDED


This website was originally created for the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society by Linda Cunningham Fluharty in 1998 at the request of AUDRA WAYNE, PHYLLIS DYE SLATER and MARY COSS STALEY. When the Ohio County WVGenWeb site became available for adoption in 2005, it was blended with the W.A.G.S. site.

March 3, 2024: Over the years, the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society evolved, and one by one, Many of the oldest members passed away. At one point, maybe around 2015, the W.A.G.S. decided to do a website of their own, with no affiliation with the WVGenWeb Project. Today, I learned that the society is disbanding. According to Jeanne Finstein, there are simply "no people willing to serve as officers or do other related work." She added, "All WAGS assets will be turned over to the Ohio County Public Library for genealogy-related work."

This page will remain online because the organization, founded in September 1970, was an important part of preserving history for more than 53 years.



W. A. G. S. HISTORY HEROES

History Hero Award, WV Archives & History


THE LOOKOUT
W.A.G.S. Special 50th Anniversary Edition

ARTICLE - W.A.G.S. 50th Anniversary

W.A.G.S Photos


W.A.G.S. 35th ANNIVERSARY, 2005


W. A. G. S. History & Wheeling Room

NOTE: This history was written by the first WAGS president for this website:

FROM OUR FIRST WAGS PRESIDENT, CHARLES FORTNEY (1999)

THE HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY AS REMEMBER IT...

     Sometime in the year of 1970, Oglebay Institute had a genealogical class led by Monroe Worthington. It was held for about six weeks and it was at the center on National Road across from the AAA office. I do not remember who all was there but I know Ruth Moss, Lib Woods,...Nation, Helen Knierim, Harry Parshall, I think Evelyn Renshaw was there also and of course me. I think there were a few more but don't remember who. At the class we discussed continuing as a group. I went to Robert Ferguson, President of WTRF-TV and got permission for the group to meet there each month. I guess that is why they elected me President.
     I don't remember whether Audra Wayne was in the class but she was there at the beginning of the Society. Ruth Moss knew Irene Ochenbein and we invited her to the meetings and she came to all of them as I was her transportation. I was elected President every year until I resigned in June 1978 when I retired and moved to Florida. I believe Harry Parshall became President for a few years cause I think he was Vice President under me for a few years. I know Harry was President in Aug. 1979 as I have a newsletter put out by him. Evelyn Renshaw was Secretary at that time. After I left, the group stopped meeting at the TV station.....


     According to an article in the LOOKOUT, June 2000, by Evelyn Renshaw, the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society was founded on September 22, 1970. The following were the CHARTER MEMBERS:

Charles Fortney, First President
Helen Hartlieb
Helen Knierim
Ruth Moss
John Nation
Marie Nelson
Jessie Price
Evelyn Renshaw - First Secretary
Eileen Shemenski
Marcella Steinman
Audra Wayne
Lib Woods
Monroe Worthington

The Charter Members were memorialized on this plaque,
presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty to the society
at the 35th anniversary celebration, September 2005.

plaque



THE NEW WHEELING ROOM, 2009

     The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society founded and maintains the WHEELING ROOM, in the Ohio County Public Library. A beautiful new room was built on the main floor of the library and opened in June 2009. A wealth of information about the Wheeling Area, as well as West Virginia and beyond, are contained in the thousands of books on the shelves. Volunteers from the society are on hand to assist with genealogical and historical research.

Photos by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.

WHEELING ROOM

Phyllis Dye Slater in one part of the new Wheeling Room.

WHEELING ROOM

WHEELING ROOM



THE OLD WHEELING ROOM

WHEELING ROOM

Phyllis Dye Slater & Dorothy Albasin
Wheeling Room Volunteers

[Note: Dorothy Albasin, born in 1926, died on October 30, 2022.]


Intelligencer - March 2005

WHEELING ROOM

Examining books containing naturalization records from 1854-1907, compiled by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society, are society members, seated from left, Mary Staley, Phyllis Slater and President Adda Thornton; standing from left, Glenna Dillon, Treasurer Bill Maxwell and Dorothy Albasin.
[Photo by Linda Comins.]

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