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Our Genealogical Helper for Brohard ...

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 Brohard (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 Brohard. 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 Brohard ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brohard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brohard, 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 Brohard.

Cemeteries Near Brohard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brohard.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Goodnight Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Belt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sixteen Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cloverleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Saunders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Haught Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Maze Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bigbend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Snyder Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Broomstick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hardman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Twist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCrae Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frederick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rector Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Villers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE King Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Saratoga Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bryners Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Betheny Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frederick Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Indian Creek Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Six Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan 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 Brohard in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brohard.

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

Munday   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brohard
 - Munday had a post office and no railroad service
Freed   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brohard
 - Freed had a post office and no railroad service
Oxbow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brohard
 - Oxbow had a post office and no railroad service
Bigbend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Brohard
 - 1895 population of 89 people
 - Bigbend had a post office and no railroad service
Smithville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brohard
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Smithville had a post office and no railroad service
Big Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brohard
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Big Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Creston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brohard
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Creston had a post office and no railroad service
Hartley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brohard
 - Hartley had a post office and no railroad service
Cantwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brohard
 - Cantwell had a post office and no railroad service
Burning Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brohard
 - 1895 population of 542 people
 - Burning Springs 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 Brohard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brohard 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 doctors and 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.

Brohard is primarily located in Ritchie County. A portion of Brohard extends into Wirt County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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

Ritchie     (The home county for Brohard)
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Brohard:

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 Ritchie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brohard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0365, Longitude: -81.1762     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brohard 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 Brohard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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