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Blue Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Blue Sulphur Springs ...

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 Sulphur Springs (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 an insight into their world.

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 Sulphur Springs. 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 Sulphur Springs ...

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 Sulphur Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Blue Sulphur Springs: Blue Sulphur Spgs. (or less commonly used: Blue Sulphur Spngs. or Blue Sulphur Sprngs.)

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 Sulphur Springs is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

Greenbrier     (The home county for Blue Sulphur Springs)
  Vale   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Alderson   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Fairlea   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ronceverte   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Spring Dale   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Concho   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shady Spring   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Craig (VA)
  New Castle (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abbott (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (VA)
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pembroke (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Montgomery (VA)
  Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Blue Sulphur Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blue Sulphur Springs.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Sulphur Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N At The End Of The Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Wallace Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hanger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Old Amwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Blue Sulphur Springs ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Sulphur Springs.

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

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 Sulphur Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Sulphur Springs.

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

Blaker Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - Blaker Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Asbury had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy Meadows   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - Grassy Meadows had a post office and no railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - Alta had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Meadow Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Meadow Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Alderson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Blue Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 663 people (with 1,155 people in 2017)
 - Alderson 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 Blue Sulphur Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Sulphur Springs in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Sulphur Springs:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Craig County (VA):     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Sulphur Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8251, Longitude: -80.6362     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Sulphur Springs 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 Sulphur Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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