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Our Genealogy Helper for Amboy ...

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 Amboy (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 Amboy. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Amboy is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

  DirDistance
Preston     (The home county for Amboy)
  Aurora   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Albright   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Barbour
  Philippi   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Belington   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Audra   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Grant
  Bayard   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Hardy
  Moorefield   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Harrison
  Bridgeport   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Despard   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion
  Hebron   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Mineral
  Elk Garden   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Monongalia
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cheat Lake   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Pendleton
  Onego   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brushy Run   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Randolph
  Montrose   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Harman   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
  Knottsville   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Tucker
  Thomas   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Davis   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
 
Upshur
  Gormley   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
  Luke (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Westernport (MD)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Barton (MD)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Nikep (MD)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Klondike (MD)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Midland (MD)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodland (MD)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Midlothian (MD)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frostburg (MD)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Highhouse (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hopwood (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Independence (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oliver (PA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
  Ursina (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Addison (PA)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Confluence (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Amboy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Amboy.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Gnegy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
  ESE Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Knotts Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kight Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bolyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wonderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Amboy ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Amboy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Amboy, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Amboy.

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

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

Aurora   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 248 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
 
Carmel   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Brookside had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eglon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Eglon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Amblersburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Amblersburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Sell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Sell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rowlesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 560 people (with 577 people in 2017)
 - Rowlesburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Macomber   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Amboy
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Macomber 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 Amboy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Amboy in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Amboy:

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 Preston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Grant County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marion County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mineral County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monongalia County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pendleton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Randolph County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tucker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Upshur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Somerset County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Preston County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for West Virginia

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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Amboy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3484, Longitude: -79.5684     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Amboy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP can be found on their website: mht.maryland.gov.

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

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