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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 37 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 15 miles [24.1 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  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Leading Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Limestone 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bretz had a post office and railroad service.

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

Hendricks   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 257 people in 2017)
 - Hendricks had a post office and railroad service
 
Pleasant Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bretz
 - Pleasant Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pettit - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pettit was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bretz
 - Pettit had a post office and no railroad service
 
Saint George   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Saint George had a post office and no railroad service
 
Auvil   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Auvil had a post office and no railroad service
 
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 154 people in 2017)
 - Montrose had a post office and railroad service
 
Coketon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bretz
 - Coketon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lead Mine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bretz
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lead Mine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kerens   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bretz
 - Kerens had a post office and 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Bretz is located in Tucker County.

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

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
Tucker     (The home county for Bretz)
      Parsons   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davis   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Barbour
      Belington   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Hardy
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Harrison
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lewis
      Garton Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Mineral
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Monongalia
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
      Onego   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Durbin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frank   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Preston
      Aurora   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Randolph
      Montrose   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Taylor
      Knottsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Upshur
      Gormley   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   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 begin 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 it should be mentioned 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 Tucker 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    
Hardy 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    
Mineral 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    
Pocahontas 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Tucker 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
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bretz ...

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

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 Bretz:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bretz.
      See our Misc Page for Bretz for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Communities in West Virginia

About Tucker County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bretz. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Bretz. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 39.0954, Longitude: -79.6640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bretz have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bretz.



 
 
 

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