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Our Genealogical Helper for Childs ...

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 Childs (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 Childs. 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 Childs ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Childs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Childs, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Childs.

Cemeteries Near Childs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Childs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kiger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Yoho Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Apostolic Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Craigs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mylburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lantz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Schupbach Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Fitzsimmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bokelman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McKimmie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shriver Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Huff Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Elk Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jolliffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wileyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Northview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Parks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fluhartys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dulaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hannibal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emma Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stender Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Middlebourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ollum Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Long Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yoho Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lieuts - Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chutes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Willey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Utt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jolliffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Freedom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Witten 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Childs had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Minnie   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Childs
 - Minnie had a post office and no railroad service
Porters Falls   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Childs
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Porters Falls had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Childs
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Vincen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Childs
 - Vincen had a post office and no railroad service
Reader   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Childs
 - Reader had a post office and no railroad service
Halls Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Childs
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Halls Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Childs
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
Andy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Andy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Childs
 - Andy had a post office and no railroad service
Lonetree   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Childs
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Lonetree 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 Childs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Childs 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Childs is located in Wetzel County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wetzel County: Monroe (OH), Greene (PA), Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia & Tyler.

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

Wetzel     (The home county for Childs)
      Bebee   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Barker   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen Dale   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      McMechen   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Benwood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bethlehem   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Triadelphia   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wheeling   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Grove   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clearview   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Liberty   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Vadis (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shadyside (OH)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellaire (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Neffs (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blaine (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bridgeport (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookside (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belmont (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bethesda (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clairsville (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barnesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Guernsey (OH)
      Quaker City (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harrison (OH)
      Harrisville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jefferson (OH)
      Mount Pleasant (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tiltonsville (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland City (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Olszeski Town (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rayland (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Batesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Caldwell (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (PA)
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (PA)
      West Alexander (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coon Island (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Claysville (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Childs:

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 Wetzel County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Doddridge 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    
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    
Ohio County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Guernsey County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble 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    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Wetzel County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Wetzel 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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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Childs ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Wetzel County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Childs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Childs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Childs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6026, Longitude: -80.7784     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Childs 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 Childs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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