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Ada, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ada ...

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 Ada (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 Ada. 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.

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.

Ada is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Ada)
  Edison   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Johnston Town   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gary   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  War   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Union   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Carroll (VA)
  Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pulaski (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dublin (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Radford City (VA)
  New Town (VA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Radford (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mill Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Radford Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Austinville (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ada ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ada.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Ada covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shumate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pruett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  WNW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tuggle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sword Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Comfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hypes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NNE Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tynes & Ferguson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hop Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cassidy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hogan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Bivins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barberie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Page Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Grandview Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Oakvale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ada ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ada.

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

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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Ada had a population of 32 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Bethel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bethel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Bluefield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 1,775 people (with 9,869 people in 2017)
 - Bluefield had a post office and railroad service
Byron (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ada
 - Byron had a post office and no railroad service
Rocky Gap (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Rocky Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Ingleside had a post office and railroad service
Princeton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 320 people (with 5,822 people in 2017)
 - Princeton had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Fork (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Clear Fork had a post office and no railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Ada:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's



Radford City (VA):     Cyndi's


Smyth County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Wythe County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Mercer 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 West Virginia
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ada ...

While our initial data about Ada came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ada 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 Ada.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Ada:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ada. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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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- Ada) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ada. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2948, Longitude: -81.1468     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ada have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Ada, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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