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Our Genealogy Helper for Giles ...

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 Giles (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Giles. 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.

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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Giles is located in Kanawha County.

To see how the shape of West Virginia's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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

  • Kanawha County     (The home county of Giles)
    • Eskdale [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eskdale
      • Eskdale [Kanawha County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eskdale
    • Cabin Creek [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cabin Creek
      • Cabin Creek [Kanawha County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cabin Creek
    • Hollygrove [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollygrove
      • Hollygrove [Kanawha County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Hollygrove has also been known as:
      • Hollygrove Station
      • Hudnall
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollygrove
    • East Bank [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Bank
      • East Bank [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 869 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Bank
    • Glasgow [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glasgow
      • Glasgow [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 833 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glasgow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glasgow
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glasgow<3>
    • Handley [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Handley
      • Handley [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 312 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Handley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Handley
    • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
      • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 907 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
    • Pratt [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pratt
      • Pratt [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 556 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pratt have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pratt
    • Acme [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acme
      • Acme [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acme
    • Chesapeake [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chesapeake
      • Chesapeake [Kanawha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,414 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chesapeake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chesapeake
    • Winifrede [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winifrede
      • Winifrede [Kanawha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winifrede
    • Witcher [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Witcher
      • Witcher [Kanawha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Witcher
  • Boone County
    • Joes Creek [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joes Creek
      • Joes Creek [Boone County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joes Creek
    • Coopertown [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coopertown
      • Coopertown [Boone County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coopertown
    • Orgas [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orgas
      • Orgas [Boone County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orgas
    • Keith [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keith
      • Keith [Boone County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keith
    • Comfort [Boone County]
    • Eden [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eden
      • Eden [Boone County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eden
    • Fosterville [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fosterville
      • Fosterville [Boone County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fosterville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fosterville
    • Kirbyton [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kirbyton
      • Kirbyton [Boone County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirbyton
    • Seth [Boone County]
    • Nelson [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nelson
      • Nelson [Boone County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nelson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nelson
    • Bloomingrose [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomingrose
      • Bloomingrose [Boone County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomingrose
    • Sharlow [Boone County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sharlow
      • Sharlow [Boone County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sharlow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sharlow
  • Clay County
    • Hartland [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartland
      • Hartland [Clay County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartland
    • Procious [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Procious
      • Procious [Clay County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Procious
    • Clay [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay
      • Clay [Clay County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 441 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clay<3>
  • Fayette County
    • Powellton [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powellton
      • Powellton [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Powellton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powellton
    • Montgomery [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montgomery
      • Montgomery [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,508 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montgomery<3>
    • Smithers [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smithers
      • Smithers [Fayette County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 734 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smithers have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smithers
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smithers<3>
    • Cannelton [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cannelton
      • Cannelton [Fayette County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cannelton
    • McDunn [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McDunn
      • McDunn [Fayette County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McDunn
    • Falls View [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls View
      • Falls View [Fayette County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls View
    • Gauley Bridge [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gauley Bridge
      • Gauley Bridge [Fayette County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 553 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gauley Bridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gauley Bridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gauley Bridge<3>
    • Beckwith [Fayette County]
    • Ansted [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ansted
      • Ansted [Fayette County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,305 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ansted have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ansted
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ansted<3>
    • Pax [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pax
      • Pax [Fayette County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pax have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pax
    • Fayetteville [Fayette County]
    • Oak Hill [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Hill
      • Oak Hill [Fayette County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 8,098 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Hill<3>
  • Greenbrier County
    • Rainelle [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rainelle
      • Rainelle [Greenbrier County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,520 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainelle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainelle<3>
    • Charmco [Greenbrier County]
    • Quinwood [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Quinwood
      • Quinwood [Greenbrier County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 263 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quinwood
  • Lincoln County
    • Alum Creek [Lincoln County]
    • Priestley [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Priestley
      • Priestley [Lincoln County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Priestley
    • Sod [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sod
      • Sod [Lincoln County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sod
    • Alkol [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alkol
      • Alkol [Lincoln County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alkol
    • Yawkey [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yawkey
      • Yawkey [Lincoln County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yawkey
    • Hamlin [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamlin
      • Hamlin [Lincoln County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,048 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamlin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hamlin<3>
    • Harts [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harts
      • Harts [Lincoln County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the west of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harts have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harts
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harts<3>
  • Logan County
    • Chapmanville [Logan County]
    • Mitchell Heights [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchell Heights
      • Mitchell Heights [Logan County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 273 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mitchell Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mitchell Heights
    • West Logan [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Logan
      • West Logan [Logan County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 364 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Logan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Logan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Logan<3>
    • Logan [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Logan
      • Logan [Logan County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,470 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Logan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Logan<3>
    • Man [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Man
      • Man [Logan County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 630 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Man have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Man
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Man<3>
    • Wilkinson [Logan County]
    • Whitman [Logan County]
    • Omar [Logan County]
  • Nicholas County
    • Dixie [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dixie
      • Dixie [Nicholas County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dixie
    • Beech Glen [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beech Glen
      • Beech Glen [Nicholas County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beech Glen
    • Zela [Nicholas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zela
      • Zela [Nicholas County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zela
    • Morrison [Nicholas County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morrison
      • Morrison [Nicholas County] was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morrison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Summersville [Nicholas County]
  • Putnam County
    • Poca [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Poca
      • Poca [Putnam County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 974 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Poca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Poca
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Poca<3>
    • Bancroft [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bancroft
      • Bancroft [Putnam County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 591 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bancroft have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bancroft
    • Teays Valley [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Teays Valley
      • Teays Valley [Putnam County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Teays Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Teays Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Teays Valley<3>
    • Winfield [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winfield
      • Winfield [Putnam County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,352 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winfield<3>
    • Hurricane [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurricane
      • Hurricane [Putnam County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,430 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurricane
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hurricane<3>
    • Eleanor [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eleanor
      • Eleanor [Putnam County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,587 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eleanor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eleanor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eleanor<3>
  • Raleigh County
    • Dorothy [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dorothy
      • Dorothy [Raleigh County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorothy
    • Packsville [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Packsville
      • Packsville [Raleigh County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Packsville
    • Montcoal [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montcoal
      • Montcoal [Raleigh County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montcoal
    • Stickney [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stickney
      • Stickney [Raleigh County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stickney
    • Naoma [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Naoma
      • Naoma [Raleigh County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Naoma
    • Arnett [Raleigh County]
    • Zada [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zada
      • Zada [Raleigh County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zada
    • Bradley [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bradley
      • Bradley [Raleigh County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bradley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bradley
    • Fairdale [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairdale
      • Fairdale [Raleigh County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairdale
    • Prosperity [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prosperity
      • Prosperity [Raleigh County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prosperity
    • Harper [Raleigh County]
    • Piney View [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney View
      • Piney View [Raleigh County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Giles
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney View
  • Roane County
    • Pigeon [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pigeon
      • Pigeon [Roane County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pigeon
  • Wyoming County
    • Kopperston [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kopperston
      • Kopperston [Wyoming County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kopperston
    • Oceana [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oceana
      • Oceana [Wyoming County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,204 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oceana have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oceana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oceana<3>
    • Mullens [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mullens
      • Mullens [Wyoming County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,325 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mullens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mullens
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mullens<3>
    • Pineville [Wyoming County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pineville
      • Pineville [Wyoming County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 574 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pineville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pineville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pineville<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Giles ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Giles.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Giles, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Giles.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Giles:

  • 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.
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Giles ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Giles.

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

  • Dry Branch Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Dry Branch Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Dry Branch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Branch Cemetery
  • Hensley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hensley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hensley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hensley Cemetery
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Hope Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Hope Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Hope Cemetery
  • Foster Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Foster Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Foster Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Foster Cemetery
  • Pettry Cemetery
  • Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Sight Hill Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sight Hill Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sight Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sight Hill Cemetery
    • Johnson Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Johnson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnson Cemetery
    • Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens
    • Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery
    • Woodland Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woodland Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Woodland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland Cemetery
    • IOOF Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the IOOF Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on IOOF Cemetery
    • Slaughter Creek Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Slaughter Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Good Shepherd Church Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Good Shepherd Church Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Shepherd Church Cemetery
    • Massey Cemetery
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      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Massey Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Massey Cemetery

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.<5>

While we didn't find Giles in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Giles.

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

  • Dry Branch [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dry Branch
    • Dry Branch [Kanawha County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dry Branch had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dry Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Branch
  • Crown Hill [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crown Hill
    • Crown Hill [Kanawha County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Giles
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Crown Hill had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crown Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crown Hill
  • Shrewsbury [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shrewsbury
    • Shrewsbury [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 24 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Shrewsbury had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shrewsbury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shrewsbury
  • Handley [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Handley
    • Handley [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 49 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 312 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Handley had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Handley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Handley
  • East Bank [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Bank
    • East Bank [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
    • Estimated population in 2019: 869 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, East Bank had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Bank
  • Coalburg [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coalburg
    • Coalburg [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Giles
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 520 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Coalburg had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coalburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coalburg
  • Continue List ...
    • Acme [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acme
      • Acme [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Acme had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acme
    • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Grove
      • Cedar Grove [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 907 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cedar Grove had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Grove
    • Winifrede Junction [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winifrede Junction
      • Winifrede Junction [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Winifrede Junction had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winifrede Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winifrede Junction
    • Powellton [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Powellton
      • Powellton [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 491 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Powellton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Powellton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powellton
    • Eagle [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle
      • Eagle [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eagle had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle
    • Montgomery [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montgomery
      • Montgomery [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Giles
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,508 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montgomery
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montgomery<3>
    • Winifrede [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winifrede
      • Winifrede [Kanawha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Giles
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Winifrede had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winifrede
    • Decota [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Decota
      • Decota [Kanawha County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Giles
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Decota had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Decota have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Decota
    • Mount Carbon [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Carbon
      • Mount Carbon [Fayette County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Giles
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,432 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mount Carbon had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Carbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Carbon

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Giles. See our List of 1890's Communities around Giles.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Giles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1343, Longitude: -81.4473       In this case, the coordinates for Giles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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: findagrave.com.
<5>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 Giles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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