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Alum Creek, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Alum Creek ...

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 Alum Creek (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 Alum Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Alum Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Alum Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Alum Creek: Alum Crk. (or less commonly used: Alum Ck. or Alum Cr.)

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 and hospitals 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.

Alum Creek is primarily located in Lincoln County. A portion of Alum Creek extends into Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lincoln County: Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Putnam & Wayne.

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

Lincoln     (The home county for Alum Creek)
  Sod   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Hamlin   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harts   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Horse Creek Junction   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Julian   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lory   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Nellis   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Easly   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Milton   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pax   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Banco   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Big Creek   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Logan   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Holden   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Upland   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leon   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Poca   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilsondale   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Buffalo Creek   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Burlington (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Alum Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alum Creek.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Altman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Kinder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW May Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Egnor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hill - Lory Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Dolin   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Alum Creek ...

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 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alum Creek.

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

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

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

Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alum Creek
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Alum Creek
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alum Creek
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alum Creek
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Alum Creek
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Alum Creek
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alum Creek
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Griffithsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alum Creek
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Griffithsville 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 Alum Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alum Creek in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Alum Creek:

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 Lincoln County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Lincoln County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lincoln County:

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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alum Creek) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alum Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alum Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alum Creek. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2869, Longitude: -81.8114     [Map].

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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 Alum Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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