Hi Heather, I was researching my ancestry when I saw your post. My father, Ron Nearhoof, knows nothing about the family history because his father died in a plane crash when my father was a baby. Therefore I'm at a loss too. He also believes our ancestors came from Germany. I am very curious about Nearhoof family history, and wish I could be of more help to you. My parents live in Blair County, and I went to Tyrone high, class of "86". I think you went to Tyrone also and your father was a science teacher, but I'm not sure? I'm not even sure if our families are in any way related but it seems probable. If you uncover any historic information could you please pass it on. I'll do the same for you. Good luck searching!
Thank you, Timhoofypa@aol.com