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Our Genealogical Helper for Bluestone ...

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 Bluestone (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 Bluestone. 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 Bluestone ...

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 Bluestone.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bluestone, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bluestone.

Cemeteries Near Bluestone ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bluestone.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandview Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  ENE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mathena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sinkford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Earls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ireson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  ENE Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey 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>

While we didn't find Bluestone in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bluestone.

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

Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Bluestone
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bluestone
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bluestone
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bluestone. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bluestone 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 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.

Bluestone is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Bluestone)
      Bramwell   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Coopers   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Montcalm   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gary   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Welch   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      War   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Davy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bud   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (VA)
      Sheep Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Austinville (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Bluestone:

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 Mercer 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    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell 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    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe 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 Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
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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.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluestone. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3121, Longitude: -81.3179     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bluestone 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 Bluestone, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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