I, too, am searching for ancestors. My father was Thomas Gerard Mears, born in Wheeling, WVA in 1921. His father was Thomas Elmer Mears DOB unknown. His mother was Bernadette Shields DOB: 1897 in Grafton WVA. I was told Thomas Elmer Mears' father (or grandfather) came from Ireland with the name of O'Mears and dropped the "O" for obvious reasons. An uncle of Thomas Elmer Mears went to live in Australia. Thomas Elmer Mears had several brothers and sisters. I can only remember the names Catherine, Mary and Irvin. Don't know much about Catherine, but I know that Mary had lived in Elm Grove, WVA and married a Meyers. Her son, I believe, is or was living in the Columbus, Ohio area and is or was an architect. His name is "Bud", but don't know the proper first name. He had several children (I know only one name A. J) Could be Albert (and now that I think about it, Bud may be Albert, Sr.). The other sibling I remember of Thomas Elmer was Irvin Mears, who worked for Continental Can company in Pittsburgh, PA.