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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue Jay ...

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 Jay (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 Jay. 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 Blue Jay ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Jay.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Jay, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Jay.

Cemeteries Near Blue Jay ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Russ Lilly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Crook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Teel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Brammer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Camp Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trail 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 Jay in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Jay.

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

Shady Spring   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Shady Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Jay
 - Crow had a post office and no railroad service
Pemberton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Pemberton had a post office and no railroad service
Prosperity   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Prosperity had a post office and no railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Jay
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester had a post office and no railroad service
Glade   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blue Jay
 - Glade had railroad service and no post office
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Prince   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Jay
 - Prince had a post office and railroad service
Odd   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Jay
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Odd 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 Jay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Jay 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 and 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.

Blue Jay is located in Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Blue Jay)
      Beaver   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Daniels   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Clifftop   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Janie   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Keith   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Vale   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hines   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Handley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Man   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welch   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Davy   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edison   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uno   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Jay:

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 Raleigh 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    
Kanawha 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell 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 Raleigh County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Raleigh 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 ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Jay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7371, Longitude: -81.1379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Jay 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 Jay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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