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Our Genealogical Helper for Centralia ...

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 Centralia (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 Centralia. 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 Centralia ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Centralia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Centralia, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Centralia.

Cemeteries Near Centralia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Centralia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Centralia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE McCourt - Cogar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Newville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clifton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baker Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Columbus McCourt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly River Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morrison United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Braxton County Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Kraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kniceley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Camden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Stone Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodam Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Barnett Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Canfield 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 Centralia in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Centralia.

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

Bakers Run   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Centralia
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Bakers Run had a post office and no railroad service
Newville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Centralia
 - Newville had a post office and no railroad service
Caress   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Centralia
 - Caress had a post office and no railroad service
Diana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Centralia
 - Diana had a post office and no railroad service
Replete   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Centralia
 - Replete had a post office and no railroad service
McNutt   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Centralia
 - McNutt had railroad service and no post office
Little Birch   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Centralia
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Little Birch had a post office and no railroad service
Corley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Centralia
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Corley had a post office and no railroad service
Milroy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Centralia
 - Milroy had a post office and no railroad service
Flatwoods   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Centralia
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 270 people in 2017)
 - Flatwoods had a post office and railroad service
Sutton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Centralia
 - 1895 population of 276 people (with 988 people in 2017)
 - Sutton had a post office and railroad service
Pugh   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Centralia
 - Pugh 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 Centralia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Centralia 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 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.

Centralia is located in Braxton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Centralia)
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Audra   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edray   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cass   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Centralia:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centralia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6232, Longitude: -80.5679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centralia 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 Centralia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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