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Our Genealogical Helper for Boylen ...

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

We've added Boylen to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Boylen, 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 Boylen (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 Boylen. 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 Boylen ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boylen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boylen, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boylen.

Cemeteries Near Boylen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boylen.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Old Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Olive Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barbour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  E Mt. Cassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Knottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Virginia National 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.

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

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

Philippi   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 378 people (with 3,380 people in 2017)
 - Philippi had a post office and railroad service
Arden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boylen
 - Arden had a post office and no railroad service
Elk City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Elk City had a post office and no railroad service
Clemtown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boylen
 - Clemtown had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pleasant Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Pleasant Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Vannoys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Boylen
 - Vannoys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Nestorville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Nestorville had a post office and no railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - Simpson had a post office and railroad service
Cecil   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Cecil had a post office and no railroad service
Astor   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boylen
 - Astor had a post office and no railroad service
Pepper   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Boylen
 - Pepper had a post office and no railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boylen
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Calhoun 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 Boylen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boylen 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Harrison, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker & Upshur.

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

Barbour     (The home county for Boylen)
      Adaland   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Granville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Osage   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Onego   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Davis   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Boylen:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Barbour 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 Boylen, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Boylen. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boylen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boylen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1848, Longitude: -80.0373     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boylen 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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