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Our Genealogical Helper for Bright ...

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 (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. 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 Bright ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bright.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bright, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bright.

Cemeteries Near Bright ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bright.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Helmic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cottrill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clark Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Coen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCune Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey - Siers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whited 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 in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bright.

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

Kester - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kester was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Bright
 - Kester had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bright
 - 1895 population of 104 people
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bright
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
Amma   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bright
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
Roxalana   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bright
 - Roxalana had a post office and no railroad service
Looneyville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bright
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Looneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Oka   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bright
 - Oka had a post office and no railroad service
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bright
 - Osbornes Mills 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bright 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.

Bright is located in Roane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Roane County: Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha & Wirt.

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

Roane     (The home county for Bright)
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Bright:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Communities in West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bright. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6259, Longitude: -81.2346     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bright 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:

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

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