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Our Genealogy Helper for Alton ...

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 Alton (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 Alton. 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.

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.

Alton is located in Upshur County.

To see how the shape of West Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

  • Upshur County     (The home county of Alton)
    • Beans Mill [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beans Mill
      • Beans Mill [Upshur County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beans Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beans Mill
    • Queens [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queens
      • Queens [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queens
    • Sago [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sago
      • Sago [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sago
    • Adrian [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adrian
      • Adrian [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adrian
    • Hoover Town [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoover Town
      • Hoover Town [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hoover Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoover Town
    • Rock Cave [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Cave
      • Rock Cave [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Cave
    • Wilsontown [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilsontown
      • Wilsontown [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilsontown
    • Frenchton [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchton
      • Frenchton [Upshur County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchton
    • Goshen [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goshen
      • Goshen [Upshur County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goshen
    • Abbott [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbott
      • Abbott [Upshur County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbott
    • Overhill [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Overhill
      • Overhill [Upshur County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Overhill
    • Excelsior [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Excelsior
      • Excelsior [Upshur County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Excelsior
  • Barbour County
    • Audra [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Audra
      • Audra [Barbour County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Audra
    • Junior [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Junior
      • Junior [Barbour County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Junior have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Junior
    • Belington [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belington
      • Belington [Barbour County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,898 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belington<3>
    • Union [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Barbour County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
    • Valley Bend [Barbour County]
    • Calhoun [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Calhoun
      • Calhoun [Barbour County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calhoun have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calhoun
    • Elk City [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk City
      • Elk City [Barbour County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elk City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elk City
    • Wellington Heights [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wellington Heights
      • Wellington Heights [Barbour County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wellington Heights
    • Philippi [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Philippi
      • Philippi [Barbour County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,239 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Philippi
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Philippi<3>
    • Adaland [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adaland
      • Adaland [Barbour County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adaland
    • Berryburg [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Berryburg
      • Berryburg [Barbour County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Berryburg
    • Kalamazoo [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalamazoo
      • Kalamazoo [Barbour County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalamazoo
  • Braxton County
    • Falls Mill [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls Mill
      • Falls Mill [Braxton County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls Mill
    • Napier [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Napier
      • Napier [Braxton County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Napier
    • Orlando [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orlando
      • Orlando [Braxton County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orlando
    • Burnsville [Braxton County]
    • Heaters [Braxton County]
    • Rollyson [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollyson
      • Rollyson [Braxton County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rollyson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rollyson
    • Flatwoods [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flatwoods
      • Flatwoods [Braxton County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 258 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flatwoods have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flatwoods
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flatwoods<3>
    • Arnett [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnett
      • Arnett [Braxton County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arnett
    • Exchange [Braxton County]
    • Sutton [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sutton
      • Sutton [Braxton County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 969 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sutton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sutton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sutton<3>
    • Gassaway [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gassaway
      • Gassaway [Braxton County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 816 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gassaway
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gassaway<3>
  • Doddridge County
  • Gilmer County
    • Sand Fork [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sand Fork
      • Sand Fork [Gilmer County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 145 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sand Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand Fork
    • Baldwin [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baldwin
      • Baldwin [Gilmer County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baldwin
    • Truebada [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Truebada
      • Truebada [Gilmer County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Truebada
    • Glenville [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenville
      • Glenville [Gilmer County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,410 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenville<3>
  • Harrison County
    • McWhorter [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McWhorter
      • McWhorter [Harrison County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McWhorter
    • Lost Creek [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lost Creek
      • Lost Creek [Harrison County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 462 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lost Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lost Creek
    • Craigmoor [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Craigmoor
      • Craigmoor [Harrison County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Craigmoor
    • Quiet Dell [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quiet Dell
      • Quiet Dell [Harrison County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quiet Dell
    • West Milford [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Milford
      • West Milford [Harrison County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 609 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Milford
    • Tichenal [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tichenal
      • Tichenal [Harrison County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tichenal
    • Anmoore [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anmoore
      • Anmoore [Harrison County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 732 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anmoore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anmoore
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anmoore<3>
    • Stonewood [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonewood
      • Stonewood [Harrison County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,702 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stonewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonewood
    • Nutter Fort [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nutter Fort
      • Nutter Fort [Harrison County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,501 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nutter Fort have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nutter Fort
    • Clarksburg [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarksburg
      • Clarksburg [Harrison County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,424 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarksburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarksburg<3>
    • Bridgeport [Harrison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bridgeport
      • Bridgeport [Harrison County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,782 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bridgeport have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bridgeport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bridgeport<3>
    • Bristol [Harrison County]
  • Lewis County
    • Crawford [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crawford
      • Crawford [Lewis County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crawford
    • Garton Village [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garton Village
      • Garton Village [Lewis County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garton Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garton Village
    • Cox Town [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cox Town
      • Cox Town [Lewis County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cox Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cox Town
    • Weston [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weston
      • Weston [Lewis County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,797 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Weston<3>
    • Smith Village [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smith Village
      • Smith Village [Lewis County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smith Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smith Village
    • Jane Lew [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jane Lew
      • Jane Lew [Lewis County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 388 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jane Lew
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jane Lew<3>
    • Westfield [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westfield
      • Westfield [Lewis County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westfield
    • Camden [Lewis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camden
      • Camden [Lewis County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camden
    • Valley Chapel [Lewis County]
  • Nicholas County
  • Pendleton County
  • Pocahontas County
    • Slaty Fork [Pocahontas County]
    • Durbin [Pocahontas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Durbin
      • Durbin [Pocahontas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 297 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Durbin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Durbin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Durbin<3>
    • Frank [Pocahontas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frank
      • Frank [Pocahontas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frank
    • Cass [Pocahontas County]
    • Green Bank [Pocahontas County]
  • Randolph County
    • Helvetia [Randolph County]
    • Womelsdorf [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Womelsdorf
      • Womelsdorf [Randolph County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 235 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Womelsdorf have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Womelsdorf
    • Huttonsville [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huttonsville
      • Huttonsville [Randolph County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 209 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huttonsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huttonsville<3>
    • Mill Creek [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mill Creek
      • Mill Creek [Randolph County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 681 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mill Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mill Creek
    • Elkwater [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkwater
      • Elkwater [Randolph County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkwater
    • Beverly [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beverly
      • Beverly [Randolph County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 657 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beverly
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beverly<3>
    • Weaver [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weaver
      • Weaver [Randolph County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weaver
    • Monterville [Randolph County]
    • Tigheville [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tigheville
      • Tigheville [Randolph County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tigheville
    • Elkins [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkins
      • Elkins [Randolph County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,908 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elkins<3>
    • Leadsville [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leadsville
      • Leadsville [Randolph County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leadsville
    • Canfield [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canfield
      • Canfield [Randolph County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canfield
  • Ritchie County
    • Auburn [Ritchie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburn
      • Auburn [Ritchie County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 88 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Auburn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
  • Taylor County
    • Astor [Taylor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Astor
      • Astor [Taylor County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Astor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Astor
    • Flemington [Taylor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flemington
      • Flemington [Taylor County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 306 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flemington
    • Grafton [Taylor County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grafton
      • Grafton [Taylor County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,968 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grafton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grafton<3>
  • Tucker County
    • Parsons [Tucker County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parsons
      • Parsons [Tucker County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,395 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parsons
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parsons<3>
    • Hambleton [Tucker County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hambleton
      • Hambleton [Tucker County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 212 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hambleton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hambleton
    • Hendricks [Tucker County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hendricks
      • Hendricks [Tucker County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 254 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hendricks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hendricks
  • Webster County
    • Cleveland [Webster County]
    • Hacker Valley [Webster County]
    • Replete [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Replete
      • Replete [Webster County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Replete have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Replete
    • Big Run [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Run
      • Big Run [Webster County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Run
    • Addison [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Addison
      • Addison [Webster County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 660 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Addison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Addison
    • Erbacon [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Erbacon
      • Erbacon [Webster County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Erbacon
    • Excelsior [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Excelsior
      • Excelsior [Webster County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Excelsior
    • Cowen [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cowen
      • Cowen [Webster County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 463 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cowen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cowen<3>
    • Camden-on-Gauley [Webster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camden-on-Gauley
      • Camden-on-Gauley [Webster County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 143 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camden-on-Gauley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camden-on-Gauley

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

Newspapers Published in Alton ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alton, 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 Alton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 everyone.

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

  • 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.
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Alton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alton.

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

  • Alton Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Alton Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Alton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton Cemetery
  • Marple Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Marple Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Marple Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marple Cemetery
  • Chapel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chapel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapel Cemetery
  • Mt. Zion Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Zion Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Zion Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Zion Cemetery
  • Tenmile Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tenmile Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tenmile Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tenmile Cemetery
  • Pleasant Dale Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pleasant Dale Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pleasant Dale Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Dale Cemetery
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    • Ross Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ross Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ross Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ross Cemetery
    • Brooks Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brooks Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brooks Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brooks Hill Cemetery
    • Maher Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Maher Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Maher Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maher Cemetery
    • Mt. Olive Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Olive Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Olive Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Olive Cemetery
    • Simmons Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Simmons Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Simmons Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Simmons Cemetery
    • Lanham Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lanham Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lanham Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lanham Cemetery
    • Pine Grove Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pine Grove Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pine Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Pine Grove Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Grove Cemetery
    • Mt. Carmel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Carmel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Carmel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mt. Carmel Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Carmel Cemetery
    • Rice Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rice Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rice Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rice Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rice Cemetery

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Alton had a population of 76 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

  • Alton [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
    • Alton [Upshur County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 76 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alton had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
  • Alexander [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexander
    • Alexander [Upshur County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Alton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alexander had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alexander have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
  • Sellers [Upshur County] - Historic
    • While Sellers was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sellers
    • Sellers [Upshur County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Alton
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sellers had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sellers have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Evergreen [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
    • Evergreen [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Evergreen had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
  • Holly Grove [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Grove
    • Holly Grove [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 47 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Holly Grove had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Grove
  • Selbyville [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Selbyville
    • Selbyville [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Alton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 53 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Selbyville had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Selbyville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Selbyville
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    • Hemlock [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hemlock
      • Hemlock [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hemlock had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hemlock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hemlock
    • Queens [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queens
      • Queens [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 103 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Queens had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queens
    • Palace Valley [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palace Valley
      • Palace Valley [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Palace Valley had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palace Valley
    • Arlington [Upshur County]
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      • Arlington [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 17 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Arlington had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arlington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlington
    • Gaines [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaines
      • Gaines [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gaines had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaines
    • Canaan [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canaan
      • Canaan [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Canaan had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canaan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canaan
    • Tallmansville [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tallmansville
      • Tallmansville [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tallmansville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tallmansville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tallmansville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tallmansville<3>
    • French Creek [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for French Creek
      • French Creek [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 302 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, French Creek had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for French Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on French Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for French Creek<3>
    • Sago [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sago
      • Sago [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Alton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sago had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sago

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Alton. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alton.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alton ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Note for Alton:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Appalachia & Piedmont
Written by: Walker, Mike
Published by Steam Powered Video (SPV), 2004
(Available from Amazon.com)

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

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AltonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8196, Longitude: -80.2160       In this case, the coordinates for Alton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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 Alton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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