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Our Genealogical Helper for Center Branch ...

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 Center Branch (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 Center Branch. 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 Center Branch ...

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 Center Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for Center Branch: Center Br. (or less commonly used: Center Brnch.)

Newspapers Published in Center Branch ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Center Branch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Center Branch, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Center Branch.

Cemeteries Near Center Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Center Branch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enon 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 Center Branch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Center Branch.

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

Quiet Dell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Quiet Dell had a post office and no railroad service
Clarksburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 3,008 people (with 15,621 people in 2017)
 - Clarksburg had a post office and railroad service
Adamston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Adamston had a post office and no railroad service
Craigmoor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Craigmoor had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Center Branch
 - Glen Falls had railroad service and no post office
West Milford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 609 people in 2017)
 - West Milford had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 8,635 people in 2017)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Wilsonburg had a post office and railroad service
Lost Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Center Branch
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 474 people in 2017)
 - Lost Creek 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 Center Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Center Branch 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 and hospitals 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.

Center Branch is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Center Branch)
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Despard   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Center Branch:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie 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    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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 Harrison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison 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 beginning in Center Branch. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Center Branch) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Center Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2473, Longitude: -80.3151     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Center Branch have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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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 Center Branch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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