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Our Genealogical Helper for Bretz ...

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 Bretz (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 Bretz. 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 Bretz ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bretz.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bretz, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bretz.

Cemeteries Near Bretz ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bretz.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ida Jane Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Howesville United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nuce Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fair View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Donaldson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW East Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jennewine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawnwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blaney 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>

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

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

Reedsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 598 people in 2017)
 - Reedsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Herring   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bretz
 - Herring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gladesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Gladesville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hudson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bretz
 - Hudson had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dellslow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bretz
 - Dellslow had a post office and no railroad service
 
Howesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Howesville had a post office and railroad service
 
Snider   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bretz
 - Snider had railroad service and no post office
 
Kingwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 625 people (with 2,929 people in 2017)
 - Kingwood had a post office and railroad service
 
Rockville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Rockville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
 
Halleck   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Halleck 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 Bretz. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bretz 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Bretz is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

  DirectionDistance
Preston     (The home county for Bretz)
      Masontown   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Reedsville   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Barbour
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Harrison
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Mineral
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monongalia
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Randolph
      Montrose   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Taylor
      Fetterman   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Tucker
      Parsons   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wetzel
      Hundred   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal Center (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Allenport (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Speers (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elco (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Long Branch (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Westmoreland (PA)
      North Belle Vernon (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottdale (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Bretz:

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 Preston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia 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    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       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    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Westmoreland 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 Preston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia

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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community in West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bretz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5423, Longitude: -79.8006     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bretz 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Bretz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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