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Our Genealogical Helper for Champwood ...

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 Champwood (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 Champwood. 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 Champwood ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Champwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Champwood, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Champwood.

Cemeteries Near Champwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Champwood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Culp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mead Chapel Biser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Staggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ludwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Leatherman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Whip Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gerstell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sulter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bever Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hutson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Waxler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Meadow View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Queens Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Potomac Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Delawder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roderick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Schoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ilechiter Monnett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Abe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rawlings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW John Liller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stone Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wesleyan Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Beeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Cecil Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lease 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 Champwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Champwood.

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

Reeses Mill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Champwood
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Reeses Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Headsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Champwood
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Headsville had a post office and no railroad service
Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Champwood
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
Grace   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Champwood
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Champwood
 - 1895 population of 168 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service
Black Oak (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Champwood
 - Black Oak had railroad service and no post office
Romney   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Champwood
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 1,737 people in 2017)
 - Romney had a post office and railroad service
Bier (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Champwood
 - Bier had a post office and no railroad service
Rawlings (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Champwood
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Rawlings had a post office and railroad service
Dawson (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Champwood
 - Dawson had a post office and railroad service
Pinto (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Champwood
 - Pinto 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 Champwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Champwood 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.

Champwood is located in Mineral County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mineral County: Allegany (MD), Garrett (MD), Grant, Hampshire & Hardy.

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

Mineral     (The home county for Champwood)
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Romney   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baker   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Champwood:

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 Mineral County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Champwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4434, Longitude: -78.8192     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Champwood 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 Champwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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