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Aldersons Ferry, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Aldersons Ferry ...

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 Aldersons Ferry (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 Aldersons Ferry. 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

Aldersons Ferry is located in Greenbrier 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 Aldersons Ferry. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Aldersons Ferry:

Greenbrier     (The home county for Aldersons Ferry)
  Alderson   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Frazier   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  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   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Unus   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Spring Dale   [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]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 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]     SW   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   40 miles [64.4 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]
  MacArthur   [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]     W   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   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 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]
  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   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pulaski (VA)
  Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Aldersons Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Aldersons Ferry.

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 Aldersons Ferry 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]  
  WSW 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]  
  SSW Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oak Grove 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 Aldersons Ferry ...

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 Aldersons Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Aldersons Ferry, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Aldersons Ferry.

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>

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

These communities are listed based on their distance from Aldersons Ferry, with the one closest to Aldersons Ferry 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 Aldersons Ferry
 - Santifee had a post office and no railroad service
Blaker Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Aldersons Ferry
 - Blaker Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Riffe   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Aldersons Ferry
 - Riffe had railroad service and no post office
Wolfcreek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Aldersons Ferry
 - 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 Aldersons Ferry
 - 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 Northeast (ENE) from Aldersons Ferry
 - 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 Aldersons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Sinks Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Aldersons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sinks Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Talcott   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Aldersons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 288 people
 - Talcott had a post office and railroad service

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

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Aldersons Ferry. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Aldersons Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aldersons Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7251, Longitude: -80.6429     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aldersons Ferry 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 Aldersons Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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