Our Genealogical Helper for Bluefield ...
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 Bluefield (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 Bluefield. 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 the area of Bluefield ...
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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bluefield.
We have organized these newspapers into two lists:
- A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bluefield. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bluefield and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bluefield.
- An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> of Bluefield.
Cemeteries Near Bluefield ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bluefield.
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 Bluefield covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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 Bluefield had a population of 1,775 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Bluefield had a population of 9,869 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Bluefield, with the one closest to Bluefield listed first.
| Bethel - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Bethel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 29 people |
| - || Bethel had a post office and no railroad service |
| Clear Fork (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 35 people |
| - || Clear Fork had a post office and no railroad service |
| Ada [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 32 people |
| - || Ada had a post office and railroad service |
| Falls Mills (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 228 people |
| - || Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service |
| Saint Clair (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluefield |
| - || Saint Clair had a post office and no railroad service |
| Stowersville (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bluefield |
| - || Stowersville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Byron (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bluefield |
| - || Byron had a post office and no railroad service |
| Flipping [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 27 people |
| - || Flipping had railroad service and no post office |
| New Hope [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 10 people |
| - || New Hope had a post office and no railroad service |
| Abbs Valley - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluefield |
| - || Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service |
| Hicksville (VA) [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bluefield |
| - || 1895 population of 22 people |
| - || Hicksville 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 Bluefield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bluefield 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 and doctors 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.
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 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 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 Bluefield:
These websites are specific to West Virginia:
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 Mercer County:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bluefield ...
While our initial data for Bluefield came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bluefield 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 Bluefield.
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 Bluefield:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office |
|We have found Bluefield in these Censuses: 2010-1990|
| See our Census Page for Bluefield for more information.|
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bluefield.|
| See our Misc Page for Bluefield for more information.|
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Bluefield. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bluefield) to Point B.|
If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bluefield. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bluefield
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluefield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2671, Longitude: -81.2219 [Map].
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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 Bluefield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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