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Alderson, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Alderson ...

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 Alderson (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 Alderson. 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.

Alderson is primarily located in Greenbrier County. A portion of Alderson extends into Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

Greenbrier     (The home county for Alderson)
  Frazier   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Vale   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Unus   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Merrimac (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Alderson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alderson.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hanger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Alderson ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alderson.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Alderson. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Alderson and those printed in the larger area surrounding Alderson.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km] of Alderson.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

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

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Alderson had a population of 663 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Alderson had a population of 1,155 people.

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

Santifee - Historic   [Map]
 - While Santifee was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Alderson
 - Santifee had a post office and no railroad service
Blaker Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alderson
 - Blaker Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Riffe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alderson
 - Riffe had railroad service and no post office
Wolfcreek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alderson
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Wolfcreek had a post office and no railroad service
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Alderson
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Clayton had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Spring   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Alderson
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Fort Spring had a post office and railroad service
Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alderson
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Johnson Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Alderson
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Johnson Crossroads 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 Alderson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alderson in the 1890's.

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 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 it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Craig County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's



Pulaski County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Greenbrier County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Greenbrier 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 Alderson ...

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

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 Alderson:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Alderson) 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 Alderson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alderson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alderson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7277, Longitude: -80.6436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alderson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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

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