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Our Genealogical Helper for Providence ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Providence (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Providence. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Providence ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Providence, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Providence.

Cemeteries Near Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Providence.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Providence covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Eden Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Ridge View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Floyd Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Price Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts - Sneed Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Deep Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Overlook Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stoneville Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Gallaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ellington Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Wentworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Matthews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evans Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S New Straightway House of Prayer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasantville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blue Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Meadow View United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Price United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Joyce Ford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Llewellyn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Newnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Christian View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Slaydon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dan View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Glenns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beaver Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Clearview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mayodan Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gallaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Setliff Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alexander Martin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Ayersville Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Providence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Providence.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Providence, with the one closest to Providence listed first.

Leaksville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Leaksville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 726 people
 - Leaksville had a post office and no railroad service
Matrimony   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Providence
 - Matrimony had a post office and no railroad service
Spray - Historic   [Map]
 - While Spray was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Providence
 - Spray had a post office and no railroad service
Stoneville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 1,249 people in 2017)
 - Stoneville had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasantville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Pleasantville had a post office and no railroad service
Price   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Providence
 - Price had railroad service and no post office
Ridgeway (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 236 people (with 701 people in 2017)
 - Ridgeway had a post office and railroad service
Wentworth   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Providence
 - 1895 population of 262 people (with 2,713 people in 2017)
 - Wentworth had a post office and no railroad service
Beaver Island   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Providence
 - Beaver Island had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Providence in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Providence is located in Rockingham County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Rockingham County: Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Stokes, Henry (VA) & Pittsylvania (VA).

Below are the counties that are near Providence. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Providence:

Rockingham     (The home county for Providence)
      Shiloh   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      College Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Stoneville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eden   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Meadow Summit   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wentworth   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mayodan   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Norwood   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reidsville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gold Hill   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Altamahaw   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ossipee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clover Garden   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Birchwood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      British Acres   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gibsonville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Green Acres   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sherwood Forest   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union Ridge   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westbrook Forest   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Country Club Acres   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elon College   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elon   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitetown   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Providence   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Yanceyville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jericho   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blanch   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leasburg   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Semora   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prospect Hill   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      High Point   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wallburg   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gum Tree   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belews Creek   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stonewood Acres   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crims Crossroads   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brinkley Estates   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Knolls   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bonanza Hills   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kynwood   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Road - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abington   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benefit - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dennis   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greystone Forest   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smokerise   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scalesville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stokesdale   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Browns Summit   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summerfield   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rudd   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Ridge   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spicewood   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White Oak   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colfax   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cumberland   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McLeansville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carr   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lakeview Acres   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Archdale   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Hall   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Ridge   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Upper Sawra Town - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bailey Town   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadows   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Walnut Cove   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Danbury   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lawsonville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Germanton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Quaker Gap   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Capella   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Herman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pilot Mountain   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ararat   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shoals   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (VA)
      Pike City (VA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Danville City (VA)
      Danville (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Floyd (VA)
      Pizarro (VA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Floyd (VA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (VA)
      Henry (VA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferrum (VA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Laprades Mill (VA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Penhook (VA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rocky Mount (VA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Hall (VA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Henry (VA)
      Ridgeway (VA)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sandy Level (VA)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chatmoss (VA)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horse Pasture (VA)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Laurel Park (VA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Villa Heights (VA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fieldale (VA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collinsville (VA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reed Creek Village (VA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stanleytown (VA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bassett (VA)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Level (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Madison (VA)
      Beaver Park (VA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Martinsville City (VA)
      Martinsville (VA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Patrick (VA)
      Patrick Springs (VA)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stuart (VA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meadows of Dan (VA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carters Mill (VA)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ararat (VA)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pittsylvania (VA)
      Chatham (VA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Transco Village (VA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whittles (VA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pittsville (VA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Providence, see our County-by-County Page for Providence.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Providence:

These websites are specific to North Carolina:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of North Carolina to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Rockingham County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Alamance County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Caswell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Davidson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Forsyth County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Guilford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Orange County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stokes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Surry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Danville City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Floyd County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Franklin County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Martinsville City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Patrick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pittsylvania County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for North Carolina:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of North Carolina,     of Rockingham County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for North Carolina     Cemetery Wiki for North Carolina
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of North Carolina,     of Rockingham County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from North Carolina
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Providence. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Providence) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Providence. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Providence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Providence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4737, Longitude: -79.8286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Providence have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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