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Our Genealogical Helper for Carmel ...

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 Carmel (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 Carmel. 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 Carmel ...

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 Carmel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Carmel, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Carmel.

Cemeteries Near Carmel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Carmel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Gnegy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
  ESE Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Gortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Kight Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knotts Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wonderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bolyard 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 Carmel had a population of 102 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Brookside   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Brookside had a post office and no railroad service
Eglon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Eglon had a post office and no railroad service
Sell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Sell had a post office and no railroad service
Horse Shoe Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Horse Shoe Run had a post office and no railroad service
Sunnyside (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Carmel
 - Sunnyside had a post office and no railroad service
Amblersburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Amblersburg had a post office and railroad service
Rowlesburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 560 people (with 577 people in 2017)
 - Rowlesburg had a post office and railroad service
Skipnish (MD) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Skipnish was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Carmel
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Skipnish 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 Carmel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Carmel 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 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.

Carmel is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

Preston     (The home county for Carmel)
      Aurora   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Onego   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harman   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Davis   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 helpful websites 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 Carmel:

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 Preston 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    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 Carmel ...

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

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 Carmel:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Carmel.
      See our Misc Page for Carmel for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carmel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3307, Longitude: -79.5545     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carmel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP 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 Carmel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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