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Our Genealogical Helper for Charleston ...

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 Charleston (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 Charleston. 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 the area of Charleston ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around Charleston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Charleston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Charleston and those printed in the larger area surrounding Charleston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Charleston.

Cemeteries Near Charleston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Charleston.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  NNE Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rummell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rock Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jarretts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Witcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newhouser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cunningham Memorial Park   [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 Charleston had a population of 6,742 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Charleston had a population of 47,929 people.

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

South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Charleston
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Charleston
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Charleston
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Charleston
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Charleston
 - 1895 population of 355 people
 - Malden had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Charleston
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Charleston
 - Mink had a post office and no railroad service
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Charleston
 - Rocky Fork 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 Charleston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Charleston 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 hospitals and 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.

Charleston is located in Kanawha County and is the County Seat.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Charleston)
      Airport Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eden   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 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]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Charleston:

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    
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    
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      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Charleston ...

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

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 Charleston:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Charleston in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Charleston for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Charleston.
      See our Misc Page for Charleston for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charleston:

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Charleston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charleston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3492, Longitude: -81.6298     [Map].

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

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