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Our Genealogical Helper for Bloomington ...

So far, we have found very little information about Bloomington. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Bloomington to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Bloomington, please Contact Us.




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 Bloomington (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 Bloomington. 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 Bloomington ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bloomington.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bloomington, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bloomington.

Cemeteries Near Bloomington ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bloomington.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Helmic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cottrill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clark Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCune Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrell 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.

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

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

Amma   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bloomington
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bloomington
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bloomington
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kester - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kester was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bloomington
 - Kester had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Bloomington
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
 
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bloomington
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wellford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bloomington
 - Wellford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bloomington
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
 
Looneyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bloomington
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Looneyville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Roxalana   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Bloomington
 - Roxalana 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 Bloomington. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bloomington 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Bloomington is historic, it would have been located within present day Roane County.

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Roane     (The home county for Bloomington)
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Boone
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Braxton
      Clem   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Calhoun
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Clay
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Fayette
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Gilmer
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Jackson
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Kanawha
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Lincoln
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Mason
      Baden   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Putnam
      Liberty   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ritchie
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wirt
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wood
      Slate   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 either 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 Bloomington:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone 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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Roane County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
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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
 
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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Bloomington, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Bloomington. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bloomington) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bloomington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5840, Longitude: -81.2365     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bloomington have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bloomington.