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The location of Black

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Our Genealogical Helper for Black ...

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 Black (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 Black. 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 Black ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Black.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Black, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Black.

Cemeteries Near Black ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Black.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brammer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ross 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 Black in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Black.

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

Pinoak   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black
 - Pinoak had a post office and no railroad service
 
Egeria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Egeria had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lashmeet   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Lashmeet had a post office and no railroad service
 
Odd   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Black
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Odd had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spanishburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Black
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Spanishburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
 
Algoma   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Black
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kyle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Black
 - Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
 
Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
 
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
 
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
 
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
 
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
 
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Black
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
 
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Black
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
 
Flat Top   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Flat Top had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bramwell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black
 - 1895 population of 499 people (with 352 people in 2016)
 - Bramwell 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 Black. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Black 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 doctors 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.

Black is located in Wyoming County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wyoming County: Boone, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo & Raleigh.

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

  DirectionDistance
Wyoming     (The home county for Black)
      Mullens   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uno   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Boone
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Janie   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bim   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Fayette
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Alderson   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vale   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Logan
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
McDowell
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Welch   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Davy   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      War   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Mercer
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Mingo
      Gilbert   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Monroe
      Ballard   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Raleigh
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wythe (VA)
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

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 Wyoming County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 ...
      Kentucky
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Wyoming County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4940, Longitude: -81.2637     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Black 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 Black, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Black.