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Our Genealogical Helper for Bristol ...

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 Bristol (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 Bristol. 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 Bristol ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bristol.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bristol, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bristol.

Cemeteries Near Bristol ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bristol.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  E IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Archbold 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>

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

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

Salem   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 310 people (with 1,541 people in 2016)
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
 
Wolf Summit   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Wolf Summit had a post office and railroad service
 
Marshville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Marshville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jarvisville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Jarvisville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Reynoldsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Bristol
 - Reynoldsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Zinnia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Zinnia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Miletus   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Miletus had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sedalia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sedalia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Olive   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Olive had a post office and no railroad service
 
Big Isaac   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Bristol
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Big Isaac 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 Bristol. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bristol 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 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.

Bristol is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

  DirectionDistance
Harrison     (The home county for Bristol)
      Salem   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Barbour
      Adaland   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Doddridge
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Gilmer
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Lewis
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Marion
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Marshall
      Adaline   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Monongalia
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Preston
      Newburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Randolph
      Montrose   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Ritchie
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Tyler
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Upshur
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Webster
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wetzel
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either 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 Bristol:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler 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    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       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 Harrison 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 Harrison 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 ...
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County: www.harrisoncountywv.com/

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 that starts in Bristol. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bristol) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bristol. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2879, Longitude: -80.5240     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bristol 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 Bristol, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bristol.