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Onoto, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Onoto ...

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 Onoto (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 Onoto. 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.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Onoto is located in Pocahontas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pocahontas County: Bath (VA), Highland (VA), Greenbrier, Pendleton, Randolph & Webster.

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

Pocahontas     (The home county for Onoto)
  Edray   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Marlinton   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cass   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Frank   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Frankford   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clendenenville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  White Sulphur Springs   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Alleghany (VA)
  Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Low Moor (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Selma (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Bath (VA)
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Carloover (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Yost (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Covington City (VA)
  Covington (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
  Goshen (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Onoto ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Onoto.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Onoto covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE McLaughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Varner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  E Gragg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ESE Chestnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bussard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baxter Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  

Newspapers Published in Onoto ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Onoto.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Onoto, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Onoto.

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 Onoto in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Onoto.

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

Marlinton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Onoto
 - Marlinton had a post office and no railroad service
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
Huntersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Huntersville had a post office and no railroad service
Dilleys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Dilleys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Mill Point   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Mill Point had a post office and no railroad service
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
Sunset - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sunset was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Onoto
 - Sunset had a post office and no railroad service
Frost   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Onoto
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Frost 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 Onoto. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Onoto in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Onoto:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Pendleton County:     Cyndi's



Randolph County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Alleghany County (VA):     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Covington City (VA):     Cyndi's


Highland County (VA):     Cyndi's



Rockbridge County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Pocahontas County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Pocahontas 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Onoto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2712, Longitude: -80.1067     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Onoto 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 Onoto, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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