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Our Genealogical Helper for Borland ...

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 Borland (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 Borland. 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 Borland ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Borland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Borland, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Borland.

Cemeteries Near Borland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Borland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Middle Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Schultz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Ingram Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harness Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corbin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rexroach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Layfields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lower Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Rizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elfritz Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Calcutta Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Grove United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sharp - Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenhill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Lawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Grant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cloverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Farson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beech Grove Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nine Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clay Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lamp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kinderhook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dennis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Red Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beha Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Dutch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hearn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kinnaird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW River View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williamstown 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, Borland had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Horseneck   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Horseneck had a post office and no railroad service
Schultz   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Schultz had a post office and no railroad service
Cluster   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Borland
 - Cluster had a post office and no railroad service
Deerwalk   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Deerwalk had a post office and no railroad service
Willow Island   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Willow Island had a post office and railroad service
Nutter Farm   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Borland
 - Nutter Farm had a post office and no railroad service
Calcutta   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Borland
 - Calcutta had a post office and no railroad service
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 876 people in 2017)
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Borland
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Eureka had a post office and railroad service
Lower Newport (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Borland
 - Lower Newport had a post office and no railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Borland
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Dallison   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Borland
 - Dallison 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 Borland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Borland 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 and 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.

Borland is located in Pleasants County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pleasants County: Washington (OH), Ritchie, Tyler & Wood.

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

Pleasants     (The home county for Borland)
      Belmont   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bane   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slate   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Stockport (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McConnelsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wrightstown (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Malta (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dungannon (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caldwell (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Olive Green (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Borland:

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 Pleasants County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Pleasants County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Borland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2979, Longitude: -81.2826     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Borland 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 Borland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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