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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue Spring ...

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 Spring (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 Spring. 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 Spring ...

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 Spring.

  • Typical abbreviation for Blue Spring: Blue Spg. (or less commonly used: Blue Spng. or Blue Sprng.)

Newspapers Published in Blue Spring ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Spring.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Spring, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Spring.

Cemeteries Near Blue Spring ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Cowger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Stainaker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Varner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Meadowland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pt. Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gibson 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Blue Spring had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Monterville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Spring
 - Monterville had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Blue Spring
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Valley Head had a post office and no railroad service
Elkwater   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blue Spring
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Elkwater had a post office and no railroad service
Pickens   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Spring
 - Pickens had a post office and no railroad service
Florence - Historic   [Map]
 - While Florence was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blue Spring
 - Florence had a post office and no railroad service
Bergoo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Spring
 - Bergoo had a post office and no railroad service
Woodzell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Blue Spring
 - Woodzell had a post office and no railroad service
Lee Bell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Spring
 - Lee Bell 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 Spring. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Spring 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 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.

Blue Spring is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

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

Randolph     (The home county for Blue Spring)
      Mingo   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Junior   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belington   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harper   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cass   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Frank   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edray   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Bath (VA)
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - you should note 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 Blue Spring:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Highland 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 Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Randolph 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Blue Spring ...

While our initial data for Blue Spring came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Blue Spring 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 Blue Spring.

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 Blue Spring:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Blue Spring.
      See our Misc Page for Blue Spring for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blue Spring. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Blue Spring. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blue Spring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5368, Longitude: -80.1123     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Spring have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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