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Caretta, West Virginia

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The location of Caretta

Our Genealogy Helper for Caretta ...

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 Caretta (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 Caretta. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Caretta is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Caretta)
  War   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Gary   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bradshaw   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Welch   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Davy   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Union City   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stark   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bim   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Man   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Omar   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Logan   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Delbarton   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Uno   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Pike (KY)
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ransom (KY)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McVeigh (KY)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hardy (KY)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cleveland (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lebanon (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spring City (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Atkins (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Adwolf (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
Washington (VA)
  Fleet (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wythe (VA)
  Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Caretta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Caretta.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Riffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Atwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartwell - Berwind Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buckeye Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Candy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Caretta ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Caretta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Caretta, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Caretta.

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.<2>

While we didn't find Caretta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Caretta.

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

Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Caretta
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Bradshaw   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Caretta
 - Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Sayersville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Caretta
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Caretta
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Shraders (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Caretta
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Shraders had a post office and no railroad service
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Caretta
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
Harman (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Caretta
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
Gap Store (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Caretta
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Gap Store 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 Caretta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Caretta in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Caretta:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Mingo County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Pike County (KY):     Cyndi's



Buchanan County (VA):     Cyndi's



Dickenson County (VA):     Cyndi's



Russell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Smyth County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's



Washington County (VA):     Cyndi's



Wythe County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Find a Community within West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Caretta. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Caretta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Caretta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3357, Longitude: -81.6729     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Caretta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Caretta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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