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Our Genealogical Helper for Cedar Grove ...

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 Cedar Grove (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 Cedar Grove. 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 Cedar Grove ...

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 Cedar Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cedar Grove: Cedar Grv.

Newspapers Published in Cedar Grove ...

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 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cedar Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cedar Grove, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cedar Grove.

Cemeteries Near Cedar Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cedar Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Good Shepherd Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Dry Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Montgomery Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Witcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Slaughter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sawmill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wrightsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blakley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pettry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Snodgrass 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 in 1895, Cedar Grove had a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Cedar Grove had a population of 940 people.

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

Coalburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Cedar Grove
 - 1895 population of 520 people
 - Coalburg had a post office and railroad service
Shrewsbury   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cedar Grove
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Shrewsbury had a post office and no railroad service
Crown Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cedar Grove
 - Crown Hill had a post office and railroad service
Dry Branch   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cedar Grove
 - Dry Branch had railroad service and no post office
Winifrede Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cedar Grove
 - Winifrede Junction had railroad service and no post office
Handley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cedar Grove
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 325 people in 2017)
 - Handley had a post office and railroad service
Winifrede   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cedar Grove
 - Winifrede had a post office and railroad service
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cedar Grove
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Cedar Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cedar Grove 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Cedar Grove is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Cedar Grove)
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Glasgow   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Seth   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hopkins Fork   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Man   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Cedar Grove:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cedar Grove ...

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

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 Cedar Grove:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Express Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Cedar Grove in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Cedar Grove for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cedar Grove.
      See our Misc Page for Cedar Grove for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cedar Grove. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Cedar Grove. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cedar Grove) 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 Cedar Grove. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cedar Grove

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cedar Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2224, Longitude: -81.4379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cedar Grove 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 Cedar Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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