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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue Creek ...

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 Blue Creek (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 Blue Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Blue Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Blue Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Blue Creek: Blue Crk. (or less commonly used: Blue Ck. or Blue Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Blue Creek ...

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 95 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Creek, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Creek.

Cemeteries Near Blue Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blue Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Deer Run - Keaton - Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jarretts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Run Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Given Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Rock Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rummell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fougharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  SSW Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE O Dell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ryder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Murdock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Newhouser Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clendenin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thaxton 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 Blue Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Creek.

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

Jarrett   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Creek
 - Jarrett had a post office and no railroad service
Coco   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blue Creek
 - Coco had a post office and no railroad service
Aarons   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blue Creek
 - Aarons had a post office and no railroad service
Odell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Blue Creek
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Odell had a post office and no railroad service
Clendenin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Creek
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,142 people in 2017)
 - Clendenin had a post office and no railroad service
Mink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Blue Creek
 - Mink had a post office and no railroad service
Blundon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Creek
 - Blundon had a post office and no railroad service
Kettle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Blue Creek
 - Kettle 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 Blue Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Creek 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Blue Creek is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Blue Creek)
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belle   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Johns   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Blue Creek:

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 Kanawha 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    
Cabell 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    
Jackson 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    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4507, Longitude: -81.4573     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Creek 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 Blue Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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