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Our Genealogical Helper for Bright Mountain Estates ...

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 Bright Mountain Estates (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 Bright Mountain Estates. 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.

Name Variations for Bright Mountain Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Bright Mountain Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bright Mountain Estates: Bright Mtn. Ests. (or less commonly used: Bright Mntn. Ests.)

Newspapers Published in Bright Mountain Estates ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bright Mountain Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bright Mountain Estates, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bright Mountain Estates.

Cemeteries Near Bright Mountain Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bright Mountain Estates.

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 Bright Mountain Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Groves Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW McCutchin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dotson - Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fowlers Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keenan Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Neil Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dixon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ward Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spruce Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spruce Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Downtain Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Russell 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 Bright Mountain Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bright Mountain Estates.

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

Enon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Enon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gilboa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - Gilboa had a post office and no railroad service
 
Zela   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Zela had a post office and no railroad service
 
Keslers Cross Lanes   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Keslers Cross Lanes had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Persinger   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Persinger had a post office and no railroad service
 
Muddlety   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - Muddlety had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hookersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Hookersville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tipton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bright Mountain Estates
 - Tipton 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 Bright Mountain Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bright Mountain Estates 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 hospitals 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.

Bright Mountain Estates is located in Nicholas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

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

  DirectionDistance
Nicholas     (The home county for Bright Mountain Estates)
      Summersville   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
 
Boone
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Braxton
      Canfield   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calhoun
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Clay
      Harrison   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Fayette
      Ansted   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Vale   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Unus   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Kanawha
      Handley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Raleigh
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Bright Mountain Estates:

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 Nicholas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone 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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh 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 Nicholas 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 Nicholas 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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bright Mountain Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2821, Longitude: -80.8607     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bright Mountain Estates 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 Bright Mountain Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bright Mountain Estates.



 
 
 

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