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Brooklyn, West Virginia
(Fayette County)

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The location of Brooklyn

Our Genealogy Helper for Brooklyn ...

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 Brooklyn (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Brooklyn. 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.

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 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 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.

Brooklyn is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Brooklyn)
  Concho   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Janie   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keith   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cabot   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kirbyton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Milltown   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clay   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hines   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vale   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Acme   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belle   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Brooklyn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brooklyn.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Brooklyn covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  W High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Rider Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Brooklyn ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brooklyn.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brooklyn, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brooklyn.

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 Brooklyn in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brooklyn.

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

East Sewell - Historic   [Map]
 - While East Sewell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooklyn
 - East Sewell had railroad service and no post office
Gatewood   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brooklyn
 - Gatewood had a post office and no railroad service
Sewell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sewell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Brooklyn
 - Sewell had railroad service and no post office
Thurmond   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brooklyn
 - Thurmond had a post office and railroad service
Dimmock   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brooklyn
 - Dimmock had railroad service and no post office
Rush Run - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rush Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brooklyn
 - Rush Run had a post office and no railroad service
Beury   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Brooklyn
 - Beury had a post office and no railroad service
Fire Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fire Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brooklyn
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Fire Creek had a post office and railroad service
Caperton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brooklyn
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Caperton had a post office and railroad service
Keeneys Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Brooklyn
 - Keeneys Creek had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Brooklyn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brooklyn in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Brooklyn:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brooklyn. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9909, Longitude: -81.0487     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brooklyn 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 Brooklyn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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