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Our Genealogical Helper for Orr ...

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 Orr (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 Orr. 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 Orr ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orr.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orr, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orr.

Cemeteries Near Orr ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orr.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Durrett Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Coffman / Harding Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Oldaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lovett Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Long Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Redabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW McDermott Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Tenmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Rights Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Maplewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Barbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


       

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

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

Kingsville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orr
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Kingsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Middle Fork - Historic   [Map]
 - While Middle Fork was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Orr
 - 1895 population of 252 people
 - Middle Fork had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sand Run   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Orr
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Sand Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Talbott   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orr
 - Talbott had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kedron   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Orr
 - Kedron had a post office and no railroad service
 
Swamp Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Orr
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Swamp Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Overhill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Orr
 - Overhill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tallmansville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Orr
 - Tallmansville 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 Orr. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orr 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 and hospitals 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.

Orr is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

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

  DirectionDistance
Randolph     (The home county for Orr)
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Harman   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Barbour
      Junior   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Audra   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belington   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Gilmer
      Sand Fork   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Lewis
      Garton Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monongalia
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pendleton
      Onego   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Durbin   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frank   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cass   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Preston
      Newburg   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Tucker
      Parsons   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davis   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Upshur
      Gormley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Webster
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Orr:

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 Randolph 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    
Gilmer 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    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Randolph 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 ...
      Maryland
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community within West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orr. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9398, Longitude: -80.0537     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orr 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Orr, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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