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Our Genealogical Helper for Boyd ...

So far, we have found very little information about Boyd. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Boyd to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Boyd, please Contact Us.

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 Boyd (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 Boyd. 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 Boyd ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boyd.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boyd, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boyd.

Cemeteries Near Boyd ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boyd.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Chestnut Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Rock Cave Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Rexroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Post Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morrison Hull Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beechtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Long Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Slab Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Knawl Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gregory Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Life Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Marple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chop Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Highwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glady Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kniceley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riffle 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.

Boyd itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rock Cave   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Boyd
 - Rock Cave had a post office and no railroad service
Ireland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boyd
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Ireland had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Boyd
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Arlington had a post office and no railroad service
Frenchton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boyd
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Frenchton had a post office and no railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boyd
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Duffy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boyd
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Duffy had a post office and no railroad service
Walkersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boyd
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Walkersville had a post office and no railroad service
Kanawha Head   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boyd
 - Kanawha Head 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 Boyd. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boyd 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Boyd is historic, it would have been located within present day Upshur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for Boyd)
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cass   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Boyd:

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 Upshur County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
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    
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    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Boyd, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Boyd. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boyd) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boyd. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8362, Longitude: -80.3926     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boyd have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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