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Our Genealogy Helper for Alta View ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Alta View (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Alta View. 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.

Name Variations for Alta View ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Alta View: Alta Vw.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Newspapers Published in Alta View ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta View.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alta View, there are papers which were published within Less than 2 miles<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alta View.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

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

  • 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.
    • Stories from Virginia
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Alta View ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alta View.

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 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 Alta View covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Church Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Church Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Church Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Church Hill Cemetery
  • East Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the East Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the East Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Hill Cemetery
  • Cain Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cain Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cain Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cain Cemetery
  • Sherwood Burial Park
  • Butts Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Butts Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Butts Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butts Cemetery
  • Duckwiller Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Duckwiller Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Duckwiller Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Duckwiller Cemetery
  • Beamer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Beamer Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Beamer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beamer Cemetery
  • Harris Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Harris Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Harris Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harris Cemetery
  • Ferguson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ferguson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ferguson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferguson Cemetery
  • Woods Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woods Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Woods Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woods Cemetery
  • Muse Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Muse Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Muse Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muse Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fairview Cemetery
    • The Fairview Cemetery is located in Roanoke.
    • Fairview Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Fairview Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairview Cemetery
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    • St. Andrews Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Andrews Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Andrews Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Andrews Cemetery
    • Williams Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Williams Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Williams Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williams Memorial Park
    • Loury Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Loury Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Loury Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loury Cemetery

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.<4>

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

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

  • Cave Spring (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cave Spring
    • Cave Spring lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 149 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cave Spring had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cave Spring
  • Poages Mill (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poages Mill
    • Poages Mill lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 28 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Poages Mill had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poages Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poages Mill
  • Lafayette (Montgomery County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lafayette
    • Lafayette lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Alta View and is located in Montgomery County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 135 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lafayette had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lafayette have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lafayette
  • Catawba (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catawba
    • Catawba lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Catawba had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catawba have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catawba
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Catawba<5>
  • Airpoint (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Airpoint
    • Airpoint lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 12 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Airpoint had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Airpoint have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Airpoint
  • Roanoke (Roanoke City)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roanoke
    • Roanoke lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Alta View and is located in Roanoke City
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 16,159 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 99,058 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Roanoke had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roanoke
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roanoke<5>
  • Moomaw (Roanoke County) - Historic
    • While Moomaw was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moomaw
    • Moomaw was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Moomaw had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moomaw have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Hollins (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollins
    • Hollins lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hollins had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hollins have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollins
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hollins<5>
  • Bradshaw (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bradshaw
    • Bradshaw lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bradshaw have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bradshaw
  • Elliston (Montgomery County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elliston
    • Elliston lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Alta View and is located in Montgomery County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Elliston had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elliston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elliston<5>
  • Bent Mountain (Roanoke County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bent Mountain
    • Bent Mountain lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bent Mountain had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bent Mountain
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bent Mountain<5>
  • Naff (Franklin County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naff
    • Naff lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Alta View and is located in Franklin County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 36 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Naff had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Naff have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naff
  • Continue List   (18 more) ...
    • Vinton (Roanoke County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vinton
      • Vinton lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,057 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,128 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Vinton had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vinton<5>
    • Abbott (Craig County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbott
      • Abbott lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Alta View and is located in Craig County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 16 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Abbott had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbott
    • Leslie (Roanoke County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leslie
      • Leslie lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Alta View and is located in Roanoke County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 13 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Leslie had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leslie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leslie

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Alta View. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alta View.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alta View) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta View. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2785, Longitude: -80.0778       In this case, the coordinates for Alta View have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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: findagrave.com.
<4>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 Alta View, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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