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Our Genealogical Helper for Cairo ...

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 Cairo (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 Cairo. 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 Cairo ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cairo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near Cairo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cairo.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Layfields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rexroach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elfritz Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Ingram Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Indian Creek Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Riddles Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ellenboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Newland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Haught Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Schultz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nine Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Calcutta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frederick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Betheny Churchyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cloverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Middle Ridge Baptist Church 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 Cairo had a population of 425 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Cairo had a population of 262 people.

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

Cornwallis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cairo
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Cornwallis had a post office and railroad service
Cokeleys   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cairo
 - Cokeleys had a post office and no railroad service
Nutter Farm   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cairo
 - Nutter Farm had a post office and no railroad service
Cantwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cairo
 - Cantwell had a post office and no railroad service
Hartley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cairo
 - Hartley had a post office and no railroad service
Harrisville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Cairo
 - 1895 population of 361 people (with 1,740 people in 2017)
 - Harrisville had railroad service and no post office
Petroleum   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Cairo
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Petroleum had a post office and railroad service
Rusk   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cairo
 - Rusk had a post office and no railroad service
Ellenboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cairo
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 356 people in 2017)
 - Ellenboro had a post office and railroad service
League   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cairo
 - League had a post office and no railroad service
Cisco   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cairo
 - Cisco 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 Cairo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cairo 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 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.

Cairo is located in Ritchie 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 Cairo. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cairo:

Ritchie     (The home county for Cairo)
      Harrisville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dungannon (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Cairo:

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    
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    
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    
Wetzel 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    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cairo ...

While our initial data for Cairo came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Cairo 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 Cairo.

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 Cairo:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Cairo in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Cairo for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cairo.
      See our Misc Page for Cairo for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cairo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2067, Longitude: -81.1543     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cairo 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 Cairo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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