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Our Genealogical Helper for Alpheus ...

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 Alpheus (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 Alpheus. 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 Alpheus ...

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 Alpheus.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alpheus, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alpheus.

Cemeteries Near Alpheus ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alpheus.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hartwell - Berwind Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deskins 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.<2>

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

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

Kyle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alpheus
 - Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Alpheus
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alpheus
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
Algoma   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alpheus
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Alpheus
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Alpheus
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Alpheus
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Shraders (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Alpheus
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Shraders 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 Alpheus. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alpheus 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Alpheus 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 Alpheus. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Alpheus:

McDowell     (The home county for Alpheus)
      Gary   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Thorpe   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Welch   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      War   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davy   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bim   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stark   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cazy   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kohlsaat   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harper   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bud   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
Pike (KY)
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Washington (VA)
      Fleet (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Alpheus:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alpheus. 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 that begins in Alpheus. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alpheus) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alpheus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3682, Longitude: -81.5609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alpheus 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 Alpheus, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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