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Our Genealogical Helper for Canaan Crossing ...

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 Canaan Crossing (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 Canaan Crossing. 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.

Name Variations for Canaan Crossing ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Canaan Crossing.

  • Typical abbreviation for Canaan Crossing: Canaan Xing.

Newspapers Published in Canaan Crossing ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canaan Crossing.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Canaan Crossing, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Canaan Crossing.

Cemeteries Near Canaan Crossing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canaan Crossing.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Flanagan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Flanagan Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Buena Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Teter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Cortland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rose Hill 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 Canaan Crossing in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Canaan Crossing.

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

Dryfork   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Canaan Crossing
 - Dryfork had a post office and no railroad service
Cortland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Cortland had a post office and no railroad service
Job   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Canaan Crossing
 - Job had a post office and no railroad service
Hopeville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Hopeville had a post office and no railroad service
Davis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 918 people (with 644 people in 2017)
 - Davis had a post office and railroad service
Alpena   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Alpena had a post office and no railroad service
Coketon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Canaan Crossing
 - Coketon had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan Run   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Jordan Run had a post office and no railroad service
Hendricks   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 212 people (with 257 people in 2017)
 - Hendricks had a post office and railroad service
Macksville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canaan Crossing
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Macksville 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 Canaan Crossing. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canaan Crossing 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.

Canaan Crossing is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

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

Randolph     (The home county for Canaan Crossing)
      Harman   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baker   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Onego   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Davis   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Rockingham (VA)
      Fulks Run (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cootes Store (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Turleytown (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Canaan Crossing:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Highland County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockingham County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan Crossing. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9748, Longitude: -79.4637     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan Crossing 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 Canaan Crossing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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