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Our Genealogical Helper for Churchville ...

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 Churchville (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 Churchville. 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 Churchville ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Churchville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Churchville, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Churchville.

Cemeteries Near Churchville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Churchville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Ave. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gee Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E McCann Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Clara Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Halderman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Carder Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Machperlah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brownsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Farnsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rockford - Pletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lowther Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Troy - IOOF Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  SSW Boilon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keister 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Churchville had a population of 76 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Camden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Freemansburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Freemansburg had a post office and no railroad service
Benson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Benson had a post office and no railroad service
Alum Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Alum Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Kincheloe   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Kincheloe had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Clara   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Churchville
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Saint Clara had a post office and no railroad service
Vadis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Churchville
 - Vadis 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 Churchville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Churchville 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 doctors 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.

Churchville is located in Lewis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lewis County: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Upshur & Webster.

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

Lewis     (The home county for Churchville)
      Camden   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Churchville:

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 Lewis 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    
Calhoun 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Lewis County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lewis 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 Churchville ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Lewis County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Churchville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0973, Longitude: -80.5915     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Churchville 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>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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<4>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 Churchville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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