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Our Genealogy Helper for South Boston ...

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 South Boston (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 South Boston. 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 South Boston ...

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 South Boston: S. Boston

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.

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 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.

South Boston is located in Halifax County.

To see how the shape of Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Halifax County: Caswell (NC), Granville (NC), Person (NC), Campbell, Charlotte, Mecklenburg & Pittsylvania.

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

  • Halifax County     (The home county of South Boston)
    • Westside Village [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westside Village
      • Westside Village [Halifax County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westside Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westside Village
    • Halifax [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halifax
      • Halifax [Halifax County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,200 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halifax
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Halifax<3>
    • Banister Town [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banister Town
      • Banister Town [Halifax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Banister Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Banister Town
    • Cluster Springs [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cluster Springs
      • Cluster Springs [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cluster Springs
    • Omega [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Omega
      • Omega [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Omega
    • Jones [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jones
      • Jones [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones
    • Crystal Hill [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Hill
      • Crystal Hill [Halifax County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Hill
    • Alton [Halifax County]
    • Aarons Creek [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aarons Creek
      • Aarons Creek [Halifax County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aarons Creek
    • Harmony [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harmony
      • Harmony [Halifax County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harmony have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harmony
    • Elmo [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmo
      • Elmo [Halifax County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmo
    • Clover [Halifax County]
    • Sign Rock [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sign Rock
      • Sign Rock [Halifax County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sign Rock
  • Appomattox County
    • Pamplin City [Appomattox County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pamplin City
      • Pamplin City [Appomattox County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 227 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pamplin City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pamplin City<3>
  • Campbell County
    • Brookneal [Campbell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookneal
      • Brookneal [Campbell County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,104 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookneal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brookneal<3>
    • Altavista [Campbell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altavista
      • Altavista [Campbell County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,422 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altavista have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Altavista
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altavista<3>
    • Rustburg [Campbell County]
  • Charlotte County
    • Aspenwall [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aspenwall
      • Aspenwall [Charlotte County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aspenwall
    • Drakes Branch [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drakes Branch
      • Drakes Branch [Charlotte County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 492 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Drakes Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drakes Branch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Drakes Branch<3>
    • Phenix [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Phenix
      • Phenix [Charlotte County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 211 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Phenix have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Phenix
    • Charlotte Court House [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charlotte Court House
      • Charlotte Court House [Charlotte County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 507 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlotte Court House
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Charlotte Court House<3>
    • Rough Creek [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rough Creek
      • Rough Creek [Charlotte County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rough Creek
    • Keysville [Charlotte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keysville
      • Keysville [Charlotte County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 776 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keysville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keysville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keysville<3>
  • Danville City
    • Danville [Danville City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Danville
      • Danville [Danville City] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,869 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Danville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Danville<3>
  • Fluvanna County
    • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scottsburg
      • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scottsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scottsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scottsburg<3>
  • Madison County
    • Beaver Park [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver Park
      • Beaver Park [Madison County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Park
  • Mecklenburg County
    • Henrico [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henrico
      • Henrico [Mecklenburg County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henrico
    • Clarksville [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarksville
      • Clarksville [Mecklenburg County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,169 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarksville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarksville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarksville<3>
    • Shiny Rock [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shiny Rock
      • Shiny Rock [Mecklenburg County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shiny Rock
    • Jeffress [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jeffress
      • Jeffress [Mecklenburg County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jeffress
    • Mill Village [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Village
      • Mill Village [Mecklenburg County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Village
    • Finchley [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Finchley
      • Finchley [Mecklenburg County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Finchley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Finchley
    • Chase City [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chase City
      • Chase City [Mecklenburg County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,217 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chase City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chase City<3>
    • Finneywood [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Finneywood
      • Finneywood [Mecklenburg County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Finneywood
    • Boydton [Mecklenburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boydton
      • Boydton [Mecklenburg County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 410 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boydton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boydton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boydton<3>
  • Pittsylvania County
    • Henrys Mill [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henrys Mill
      • Henrys Mill [Pittsylvania County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henrys Mill
    • Laurel Grove [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel Grove
      • Laurel Grove [Pittsylvania County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Grove
    • Riceville [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riceville
      • Riceville [Pittsylvania County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riceville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riceville
    • Lucks [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucks
      • Lucks [Pittsylvania County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucks
    • Java [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Java
      • Java [Pittsylvania County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Java
    • Markham [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Markham
      • Markham [Pittsylvania County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Markham
    • Kentuck [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentuck
      • Kentuck [Pittsylvania County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kentuck have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kentuck
    • Spring Garden [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Garden
      • Spring Garden [Pittsylvania County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Garden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Garden
    • Renan [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Renan
      • Renan [Pittsylvania County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Renan
    • Chalk Level [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chalk Level
      • Chalk Level [Pittsylvania County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chalk Level
    • Transco Village [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Transco Village
      • Transco Village [Pittsylvania County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Transco Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Transco Village
    • Chatham [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chatham
      • Chatham [Pittsylvania County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,413 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chatham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chatham
    • Ridgecrest [Pittsylvania County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgecrest
      • Ridgecrest [Pittsylvania County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgecrest
  • Caswell County (NC)
    • Semora [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Semora
      • Semora [Caswell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Semora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Semora
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Semora<3>
    • Milton [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milton
      • Milton [Caswell County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 146 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milton<3>
    • Estelle [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Estelle
      • Estelle [Caswell County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Estelle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Estelle
    • Blanch [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blanch
      • Blanch [Caswell County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blanch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blanch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blanch<3>
    • Leasburg [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
      • Leasburg [Caswell County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leasburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leasburg<3>
    • Gatewood [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gatewood
      • Gatewood [Caswell County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gatewood
    • Providence [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Providence
      • Providence [Caswell County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Providence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Providence
    • Yanceyville [Caswell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yanceyville
      • Yanceyville [Caswell County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,941 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yanceyville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yanceyville<3>
  • Durham County (NC)
    • Rougemont [Durham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rougemont
      • Rougemont [Durham County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rougemont have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rougemont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rougemont<3>
    • Bahama [Durham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bahama
      • Bahama [Durham County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bahama have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bahama
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bahama<3>
  • Granville County (NC)
    • Wilbourns [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilbourns
      • Wilbourns [Granville County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilbourns
    • Bullock [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bullock
      • Bullock [Granville County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bullock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bullock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bullock<3>
    • Stovall [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stovall
      • Stovall [Granville County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 420 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stovall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stovall
    • Townsville [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Townsville
      • Townsville [Granville County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Townsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Townsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Townsville<3>
    • Oxford [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxford
      • Oxford [Granville County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,905 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oxford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oxford<3>
    • Stem [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stem
      • Stem [Granville County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 474 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stem
  • Person County (NC)
    • Concord [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
      • Concord [Person County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Concord have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concord
    • Allensville [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allensville
      • Allensville [Person County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allensville
    • Hicks Village [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hicks Village
      • Hicks Village [Person County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hicks Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicks Village
    • Roxboro [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roxboro
      • Roxboro [Person County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,383 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roxboro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roxboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roxboro<3>
    • Whitt Town [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitt Town
      • Whitt Town [Person County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitt Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitt Town
    • Roseville [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roseville
      • Roseville [Person County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roseville
    • Allens Level [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allens Level
      • Allens Level [Person County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allens Level
    • Cates [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cates
      • Cates [Person County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cates have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cates
    • Mount Tirzah [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Tirzah
      • Mount Tirzah [Person County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Tirzah
    • Timberlake [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Timberlake
      • Timberlake [Person County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Timberlake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Timberlake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Timberlake<3>
    • Hurdle Mills [Person County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurdle Mills
      • Hurdle Mills [Person County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurdle Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurdle Mills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hurdle Mills<3>
  • Rockingham County (NC)
    • Ruffin [Rockingham County]
  • Vance County (NC)
    • Henderson [Vance County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henderson
      • Henderson [Vance County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,109 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henderson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Henderson<3>
    • Middleburg [Vance County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middleburg
      • Middleburg [Vance County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 138 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middleburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middleburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Middleburg<3>
  • Warren County (NC)
    • Manson [Warren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manson
      • Manson [Warren County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manson<3>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of South Boston ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Boston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of South Boston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of South Boston and those printed in the larger area surrounding South Boston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km] of South Boston.

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 either 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 South Boston:

  • 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 North Carolina
    • Stories from Virginia

Cemeteries Near South Boston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Boston.

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 South Boston covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Oak Ridge Cemetery
  • Dan River Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dan River Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dan River Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dan River Cemetery
  • The Peaceful Tabernacle Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the The Peaceful Tabernacle Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the The Peaceful Tabernacle Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on The Peaceful Tabernacle Cemetery
  • Halifax Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Halifax Memorial Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Halifax Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halifax Memorial Gardens
  • Five Forks Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Halifax Town Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Halifax Town Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Halifax Town Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halifax Town Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Glenwood Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glenwood Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glenwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenwood Cemetery
    • Ebenezer Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ebenezer Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ebenezer Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ebenezer Cemetery
    • Cherry Hill UMC Cemetery
    • Pleasant Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Grove Cemetery
    • Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
    • New Bethel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New Bethel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New Bethel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Bethel Cemetery
    • Union Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Union Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Union Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Cemetery
    • Spring Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Spring Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Spring Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Spring Hill Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of South Boston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Hill Cemetery
    • Winns Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Winns Creek Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Winns Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Winns Creek Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of South Boston.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winns Creek 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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that South Boston had a population of 1,789 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, South Boston had a population of 7,519 people.

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

  • South Boston [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Boston
    • South Boston [Halifax County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of South Boston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,789 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,519 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, South Boston had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Boston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Boston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for South Boston<3>
  • Wolf Trap [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wolf Trap
    • Wolf Trap [Halifax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wolf Trap had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wolf Trap have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wolf Trap
  • Mountain Road [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Road
    • Mountain Road [Halifax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 32 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mountain Road had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Road have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Road
  • Omega [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Omega
    • Omega [Halifax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Omega had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Omega
  • Hyco [Halifax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hyco
    • Hyco [Halifax County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of South Boston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 48 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hyco had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hyco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hyco
  • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scottsburg
    • Scottsburg [Fluvanna County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 297 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Scottsburg had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scottsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scottsburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scottsburg<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Clays Mill [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clays Mill
      • Clays Mill [Halifax County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Clays Mill had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clays Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clays Mill
    • Turbeville [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turbeville
      • Turbeville [Halifax County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 70 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Turbeville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turbeville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turbeville
    • Mayo [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mayo
      • Mayo [Halifax County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 38 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mayo had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mayo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mayo
    • Midway [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midway
      • Midway [Halifax County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Midway had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Midway have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midway
    • Crystal Hill [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Hill
      • Crystal Hill [Halifax County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Crystal Hill had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Hill
    • Alton [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
      • Alton [Halifax County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of South Boston
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alton had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alton<3>
    • Dryburg [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dryburg
      • Dryburg [Halifax County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 40 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dryburg had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dryburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dryburg
    • Meadville [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadville
      • Meadville [Halifax County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 70 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Meadville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadville
    • Elmo [Halifax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elmo
      • Elmo [Halifax County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of South Boston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Elmo had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elmo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elmo

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for South Boston ...

While our initial data about South Boston came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of South Boston in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about South Boston.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Note for South Boston:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found South Boston in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for South Boston for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for South Boston. See our Misc Page for South Boston for more information.

Cities, Towns and Villages of Virginia

About Halifax County

About Virginia

The official website for South Boston: www.southboston.com/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Boston) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Boston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South BostonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Boston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7144, Longitude: -78.9118       In this case, the coordinates for South Boston 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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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 South Boston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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