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Our Genealogical Helper for Chiefton ...

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 Chiefton (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 Chiefton. 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 Chiefton ...

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 Chiefton.

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

Cemeteries Near Chiefton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chiefton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  S IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  ESE Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  W K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakdale 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 Chiefton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chiefton.

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

Wilsonburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Wilsonburg had a post office and railroad service
Wolf Summit   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Wolf Summit had a post office and railroad service
Sardis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Sardis had a post office and no railroad service
Marshville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Marshville had a post office and no railroad service
Adamston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Adamston had a post office and no railroad service
Clarksburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 3,008 people (with 15,621 people in 2017)
 - Clarksburg had a post office and railroad service
Olive   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chiefton
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Dola   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Chiefton
 - Dola 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 Chiefton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chiefton 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.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Chiefton)
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Adamston   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Chiefton:

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    
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    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       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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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Chiefton. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Chiefton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chiefton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chiefton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2962, Longitude: -80.4209     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chiefton 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 Chiefton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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