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Our Genealogical Helper for Avondale ...

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 Avondale (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Avondale. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

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

Newspapers Published in Avondale ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Avondale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Avondale, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Avondale.

Cemeteries Near Avondale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Avondale.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Avondale covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piggott Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arnold Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Wilbur Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Broadwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW South Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buck Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW South Branch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Leason Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     


       

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

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

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

West Union   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 833 people in 2017)
 - West Union had a post office and no railroad service
 
Morgansville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Morgansville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Blandville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Blandville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Central Station   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Central Station had a post office and railroad service
 
New Milton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - New Milton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Long Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Long Run had a post office and railroad service
 
Flint   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Avondale
 - Flint had a post office and no railroad service
 
Market   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Avondale
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Market 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 Avondale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Avondale in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

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

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

Avondale is located in Doddridge County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Doddridge County: Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, Tyler & Wetzel.

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

  DirectionDistance
Doddridge     (The home county for Avondale)
      Smithburg   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      West Union   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
 
Barbour
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Harrison
      Salem   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Lewis
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Marion
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Marshall
      Adaline   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Monongalia
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Ritchie
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tyler
      Atwood   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Upshur
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wetzel
      Bane   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Wirt
      Freeport   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wood
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Avondale:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Doddridge County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Of Special Interest ...

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

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
 
Also see Diaster Stories for ...
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...



Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Doddridge County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Avondale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Avondale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avondale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2979, Longitude: -80.7445     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Avondale have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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: findagrave.com.

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

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