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Barnum, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Barnum ...

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 Barnum (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 Barnum. 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Barnum is located in Mineral County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mineral County: Allegany (MD), Garrett (MD), Grant, Hampshire & Hardy.

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

Mineral     (The home county for Barnum)
  Piedmont   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Elk Garden   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Wiley Ford   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Carpendale   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ridgeley   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Romney   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Moorefield   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Baker   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wardensville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lost City   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Albright   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brandonville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Davis   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Luke (MD)   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Westernport (MD)   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Barton (MD)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nikep (MD)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Midland (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Klondike (MD)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Woodland (MD)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Midlothian (MD)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Frostburg (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hyndman (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Somerset (PA)
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Addison (PA)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ursina (PA)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Callimont (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Glade City (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Confluence (PA)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Garrett (PA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Casselman (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fairhope (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Barnum ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Barnum.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Tichnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sinkler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thomas Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warnick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Barnard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Old St. Peter's Catholic   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nethkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kalbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tasker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swanton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Gabriels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW North Glade Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Georges Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Paughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Potomac Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Queens Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Meadow View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sulter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Pritts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cundiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE John Liller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rawlings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moscow Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Upole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Doll Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stone Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Delawder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gerstell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Barnum ...

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 Barnum.

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

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Barnum had a post office and railroad service.

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

Shaw   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Barnum
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Shaw had a post office and railroad service
Windom - Historic   [Map]
 - While Windom was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Barnum
 - Windom had a post office and railroad service
Warnocks   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Barnum
 - Warnocks had railroad service and no post office
Chaffee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Barnum
 - Chaffee had railroad service and no post office
West Virginia Central Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barnum
 - West Virginia Central Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bloomington (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barnum
 - 1895 population of 295 people
 - Bloomington had a post office and railroad service
Elk Garden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Barnum
 - 1895 population of 723 people (with 220 people in 2017)
 - Elk Garden had a post office and railroad service
Floyd (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Barnum
 - Floyd had a post office and no railroad service
Piedmont   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barnum
 - 1895 population of 2,100 people (with 813 people in 2017)
 - Piedmont had a post office and railroad service
Westernport (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barnum
 - 1895 population of 1,526 people (with 1,767 people in 2017)
 - Westernport had a post office and railroad service
Blaine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Barnum
 - Blaine had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Barnum. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Barnum in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from 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 - 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 Barnum:

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 Mineral County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:     Cyndi's



Hampshire County:     Cyndi's



Hardy County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Preston County:     Cyndi's



Tucker County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Somerset County (PA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Barnum ...

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

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Barnum:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mineral County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barnum. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4418, Longitude: -79.1145     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barnum 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:

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

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