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Our Genealogical Helper for Burnsville ...

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 Burnsville (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 Burnsville. 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 the area of Burnsville ...

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 Burnsville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Burnsville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Burnsville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Burnsville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Burnsville.

Cemeteries Near Burnsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Burnsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Mick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ratcliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Riffle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tumbling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chop Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McHenry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boilon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Knawl Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Stone Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Highwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Long Point Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rhodes 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Burnsville had a population of 120 people in 1895 with no post office or railroad service. In 2017, Burnsville had a population of 490 people.

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

Hyers   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Burnsville
 - Hyers had a post office and no railroad service
Copen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Burnsville
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Copen had a post office and no railroad service
Stouts Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Burnsville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Stouts Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Rollyson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Burnsville
 - Rollyson had a post office and railroad service
Aspinall   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Burnsville
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Aspinall had a post office and no railroad service
Heaters   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Burnsville
 - Heaters had a post office and railroad service
Bulltown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Burnsville
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bulltown had a post office and no railroad service
Ellis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Burnsville
 - Ellis had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Fork   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Burnsville
 - Sand Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Cutlips   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Burnsville
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Cutlips 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 Burnsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Burnsville 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Burnsville is located in Braxton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Burnsville)
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Burnsville:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pleasants 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    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor 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      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Burnsville ...

While our initial data for Burnsville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Burnsville in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Burnsville.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Burnsville:
    Burnsville mentioned, but no details.  
We have found Burnsville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Burnsville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Burnsville.
      See our Misc Page for Burnsville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Burnsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Burnsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burnsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8580, Longitude: -80.6540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burnsville 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 Burnsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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