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Algoma, West Virginia

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The location of Algoma

Our Genealogy Helper for Algoma ...

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 Algoma (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 Algoma. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Algoma is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Algoma)
  Northfork   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Keystone   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Elkhorn   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Welch   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Davy   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  War   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Union City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bim   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Stark   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Janie   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cazy   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Man   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Omar   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Edison   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Helen   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bud   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Uno   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Pike (KY)
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wytheville (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Algoma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Algoma.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Algoma ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Algoma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Algoma, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Algoma.

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 in 1895, Algoma had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Algoma
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Algoma
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Algoma
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Algoma
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Algoma
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Algoma
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Coopers   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Algoma
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Coopers had a post office and no railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Algoma
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Algoma
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas 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 Algoma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Algoma in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites of 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 Algoma:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Algoma:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Algoma. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Algoma) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Algoma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4190, Longitude: -81.4259     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Algoma 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 Algoma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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