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Our Genealogy Helper for Williamsburg ...

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 Williamsburg (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 Williamsburg. 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.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Williamsburg ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williamsburg.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Williamsburg. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Williamsburg and those printed in the larger area surrounding Williamsburg.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> of Williamsburg.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Williamsburg:

  • 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

Cemeteries Near Williamsburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williamsburg.

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

  • Cedar Grove Cemetery
  • Galt Family Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Galt Family Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Galt Family Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galt Family Cemetery
  • Jones Family Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jones Family Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jones Family Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones Family Cemetery
  • Bruton Parish Churchyard Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bruton Parish Churchyard Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bruton Parish Churchyard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bruton Parish Churchyard Cemetery
  • Hospital Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hospital Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hospital Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hospital Cemetery
  • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Williamsburg Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Williamsburg Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Williamsburg Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williamsburg Memorial Park
    • Cheesecake Cemetery
    • Travis Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Travis Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Travis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Travis Cemetery
    • Mt. Gilead Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Gilead Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Gilead Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Gilead Cemetery
    • Curtis Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Curtis Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Curtis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Curtis Cemetery
    • Swanns Point Plantation Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Swanns Point Plantation Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Swanns Point Plantation Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Swanns Point Plantation Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Williamsburg.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Swanns Point Plantation Cemetery
    • Jackson Post Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jackson Post Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jackson Post Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jackson Post Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Williamsburg.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jackson Post Cemetery
    • James City Chapel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the James City Chapel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the James City Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • James City Chapel Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Williamsburg.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on James City Chapel Cemetery
    • Riverview Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverview Cemetery
      • Riverview Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Williamsburg.
      • Riverview Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Our Saviours Evangelical Lutheran Church City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverview Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2463455<2>

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 Williamsburg in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Williamsburg.

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

  • Ewell [James City County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ewell
    • Ewell [James City County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Williamsburg
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 12 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ewell had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ewell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ewell
  • Oaktree [York County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oaktree
    • Oaktree [York County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Williamsburg
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 14 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Oaktree had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oaktree have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oaktree
  • Jamestown [James City County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jamestown
    • Jamestown [James City County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Williamsburg
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jamestown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jamestown<5>
  • Homewood [Surry County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homewood
    • Homewood [Surry County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Williamsburg
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 81 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Homewood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homewood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homewood
  • Grove [James City County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grove
    • Grove [James City County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Williamsburg
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 37 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Grove had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grove
  • Lightfoot [James City County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lightfoot
    • Lightfoot [James City County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Williamsburg
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 6 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lightfoot had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lightfoot have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lightfoot
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lightfoot<5>
  • Continue List ...
    • Scotland [Surry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotland
      • Scotland [Surry County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Scotland had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotland
    • Clay Bank [Gloucester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay Bank
      • Clay Bank [Gloucester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 72 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Clay Bank had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clay Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay Bank
    • Allmondsville [Gloucester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allmondsville
      • Allmondsville [Gloucester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Williamsburg
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Allmondsville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allmondsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Allmondsville
    • Lee Hall [Newport News City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lee Hall
      • Lee Hall [Newport News City] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lee Hall had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lee Hall
    • Toano [James City County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toano
      • Toano [James City County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 250 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Toano had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Toano have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toano
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Toano<5>
    • Alliance [Surry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alliance
      • Alliance [Surry County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 37 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Alliance had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alliance have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alliance
    • Highgate [Surry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highgate
      • Highgate [Surry County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 56 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Highgate had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highgate have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highgate
    • Sassafras [Gloucester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sassafras
      • Sassafras [Gloucester County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 143 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sassafras had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sassafras have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sassafras
    • Yorktown [York County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yorktown
      • Yorktown [York County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Williamsburg
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 221 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Yorktown had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yorktown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Yorktown<5>

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

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The official website for Williamsburg: www.ci.williamsburg.va.us/

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

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Williamsburg) 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 Williamsburg. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WilliamsburgOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williamsburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2710, Longitude: -76.7058    
<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: findagrave.com.
<3>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.
<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 Williamsburg, 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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