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Avoca, West Virginia

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The location of Avoca

Our Genealogy Helper for Avoca ...

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 Avoca (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 Avoca. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors 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.

Avoca is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

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

Clay     (The home county for Avoca)
  Clay   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Hartland   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eden   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seth   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sharlow   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kirbyton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Racine   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clem   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Orma   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hines   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Handley   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Addison   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Avoca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Avoca.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCutchin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Avoca ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Avoca.

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

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

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

Gould   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Avoca
 - Gould had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Avoca
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Avoca
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Avoca
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Avoca
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Lizemores   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Avoca
 - Lizemores had a post office and no railroad service
Wattsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Avoca
 - Wattsville had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Avoca
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Avoca
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek 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 Avoca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Avoca in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avoca. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4532, Longitude: -81.0507     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Avoca 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 Avoca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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