Genealogical Society of Allegany County, Maryland

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Welcome to the Genealogical Society of Allegany County, Maryland web site.  It is the purpose of this web site to aid those in researching ancestors who lived in Allegany County, Maryland.

The Genealogical Society of Allegany County, Maryland is a non-profit organization of genealogists.  We research our ancestry and family history, and are interested in preserving our family heritage for future generations.

This web site offers a list of all surnames available for research, links to marriage records, and a list of all cemeteries in Allegany County, divided into sections.  The site also offers information on how to submit queries to the Society, a list of all available resources at the library, and the publications that the Society produces, including a list of past issues of the newsletter.  You can also find information on how to become a member, information about the Society and the library including photos of the library, a contact page, and many links that may help you in your research.

    President - Bonnie Miller
    Vice President - Franklin Fatkin
    Treasurer - Harriet Moore
    Secretary - Debbie Pustolski
    Board Members: Anthony Crosby, Larry Haines, Richard T. Koch, Sandra Stansberry, Deborah Walsh
It is with heavy hearts that we need to report that Harriet Moore, Old Pike Post Editor, Board Member, and current Treasurer passed away on February 22, 2022. She will be greatly missed by all.

Harriet Ann (Clark) Moore passed away on February 22, 2022. The daughter of Arnold and Hilda (Murphy) Clark, Harriet was born in Keyser, WV and was raised and lived in Westernport, MD. She is the proud big sister to one brother, Bill, born when she was seventeen years old; he basically grew up with her children.

Harriet is survived by her husband Carl and seven children. Sons Ron and Derek live in Pittsburgh and Florida, respectively. Their five daughters live in the local area – Nancy Shingler, Angela McKenzie, Jennifer Hickey, Kerry Fazenbaker and Heidi Moore. They are the grandparents of twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Nothing pleased her more than spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach, raising their two cats Mittens and Shadow and making family memories.

Harriet developed an abiding love of history during her days at St. Peter’s Elementary School in Westernport. Following graduation from Bruce High School, she attended the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Cumberland, MD. St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine was the source of a BS degree with a major in Management of which she completed years later while raising a family.

Her career as a Registered Nurse began at Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser, WV. Throughout her 25 years working in the medical field, she worked in all of the fields of nursing at one time or another, enjoying the years spent working in surgery the most. The last ten years were spent in nursing/hospital administration.

What started in 1995 as a few days to straighten out her family tree ended up in a second “career” – volunteering at the Genealogical Society of Allegany County. In this capacity, she staffed their Library, located in the Appalachian Collection of the Allegany College of Maryland, weekly and has served as a Board Member, Treasurer and President at various times. As the editor of their quarterly newsletter, The Old Pike Post, since 1997, she has done a prodigious amount of research on the families and history of Allegany County and the surrounding areas. Other writing/research credits include the Allegany Magazine and the Journal of the Alleghenies, as well as legal research.

Harriet has been the Secretary of the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation since its inception. Other spare time pursuits, in addition to the family, have involved participation in the administration of their church and the Bruce Alumni Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution and belonging to a number of local historical organizations. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, WV.

As Clarence says in her favorite movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  And when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

Friends were received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport on Friday, February 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service took place at the funeral home on Saturday, February 26th at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Bart Thompson officiating.

Interment was at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, Flintstone.