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Our Genealogical Helper for Chapel ...

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 Chapel (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 Chapel. 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 Chapel ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chapel, 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 Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Otter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bourn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Camden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Orton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Braxton County Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stone Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Earl Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morrison United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadows 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Chapel had a population of 23 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Home   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Chapel
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Home had a post office and no railroad service
German - Historic   [Map]
 - While German was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chapel
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - German had a post office and no railroad service
Cutlips   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chapel
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Cutlips had a post office and no railroad service
Hope - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hope was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Chapel
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Progress - Historic   [Map]
 - While Progress was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chapel
 - Progress had a post office and no railroad service
Little Otter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chapel
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Little Otter had a post office and no railroad service
Lloydsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Chapel
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Lloydsville had a post office and no railroad service
Bennett - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bennett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chapel
 - Bennett 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 Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chapel 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Chapel 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 Chapel. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Chapel:

Braxton     (The home county for Chapel)
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Chapel:

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:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane 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      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Chapel ...

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

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7476, Longitude: -80.8048     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chapel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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