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Our Genealogical Helper for Alliance ...

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 Alliance (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Alliance. 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.

Newspapers Published in Alliance ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alliance.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alliance, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alliance.

Cemeteries Near Alliance ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alliance.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Alliance covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hildreth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pricetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scritchfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elizabeth Mason Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thorne & Huey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mannington Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Rymer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kilcoyne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whetstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Schupp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shaffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ice Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Atha Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Murray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lieuts - Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burchfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chutes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Higginbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Main Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yost Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shuman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Furbee Cemetery   [Map]     


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

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

Folsom   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Alliance
 - Folsom had a post office and no railroad service
Wallace   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Alliance
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Wallace had a post office and no railroad service
Grangeville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Alliance
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Grangeville had a post office and no railroad service
Jimtown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alliance
 - Jimtown had a post office and no railroad service
Logansport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alliance
 - Logansport had a post office and no railroad service
Hazel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alliance
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Hazel had a post office and no railroad service
Dola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alliance
 - Dola had a post office and no railroad service
Wyatt   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alliance
 - Wyatt had a post office and no railroad service
Rymer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Alliance
 - Rymer had a post office and no railroad service
Brink   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Alliance
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Brink had a post office and no railroad service
Olive   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Alliance
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Olive 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 Alliance. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alliance in the 1890's.

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 hospitals and 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.

Alliance is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Alliance)
      Lumberport   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Union   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen Dale   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMechen   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vadis (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shadyside (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Alliance:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County:

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Alliance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alliance) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alliance. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4565, Longitude: -80.4809     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alliance 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 Alliance, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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