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Our Genealogical Helper for Boggs ...

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 Boggs (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 Boggs. 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 Boggs ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boggs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boggs, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boggs.

Cemeteries Near Boggs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boggs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Barnett Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blacks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blacks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Handschumacher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tinnel / Mollohan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lynch Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCourt - Cogar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Spruce Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain Trail Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adam Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Columbus McCourt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Centralia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baker Ridge 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>

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

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

Halo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boggs
 - Halo had a post office and no railroad service
Strouds   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Boggs
 - Strouds had a post office and no railroad service
Welch Glade   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boggs
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Welch Glade had a post office and no railroad service
Delphi   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Boggs
 - Delphi had a post office and no railroad service
Upperglade   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boggs
 - Upperglade had a post office and no railroad service
Birch River   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Boggs
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Birch River had a post office and no railroad service
Little Birch   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Boggs
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Little Birch had a post office and no railroad service
Craigsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Boggs
 - Craigsville 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 Boggs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boggs 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 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.

Boggs is located in Webster County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Webster County: Braxton, Greenbrier, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph & Upshur.

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

Webster     (The home county for Boggs)
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Unus   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vale   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edray   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cass   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Boggs:

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 Webster County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Boggs ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Webster County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boggs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4687, Longitude: -80.6251     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boggs 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 Boggs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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